Effective Tile and Grout Cleaning
There are many factors that affect tile and grout cleaning. First, grout refers to the mixture of water, sand and cement that is put between the tiles during tile installation to make them remain in place. A grout surface is usually highly porous, easily absorbing dirt and grime, which if left for a long time usually leads to staining and discoloration. Although most tile experts would advocate for immediate tile and grout cleaning after they are dirtied, that advise is rarely followed.
To achieve the best results when cleaning tile and grout surfaces, most professional cleaners use highly efficient steam cleaners, similar to carpet cleaning machines only with a different cleaning tool. These machines provide a high temperatures and plenty of vacuum and water pressure to break loose those stubborn stains. The tool most cleaners use is a hooded tool with jets underneath that spin as the water is sprayed. The vacuum also goes around the sides of the tool and picks up most of the water that is sprayed, leaving tile that dries quickly. As a result, these machines effectively dissolve and remove dirt simultaneously leading to quick results.
Grout lines are usually porous and quickly absorb dirt, mildew, and lime scale. With prolonged use, tiled surfaces end up looking dirty and can also result in foul odors and a generally poor indoor air quality.
Tile and grout cleaning is vital in the removal of harmful microbes and in the restoration of the look of tiled surfaces after staining and discoloration. Normally, substances penetrate the tiled surfaces making general cleaning difficult. Floors may look clean but usually lack the brightness that was originally there.
Your choice of cleaning equipment is important in getting good results and keeping high standards of hygiene.