If you’re like most New Jersey homeowners or business owners with grungy, dirty grouting, you’ve no doubt gotten somewhat accustomed to the unpleasant of your tile floors. Invest the time to make your home or office more inviting for visitors and for yourself with these tile and grout cleaning tips:
Clean up the “big stuff” first. Vacuum up any lose debris, and then clean the grout with hot water and baking soda. Let the baking soda set for a few minutes before scrubbing away with a nylon brush.
Certain products should not be used on certain materials. For instance, bleach can discolor your tiling. Some household cleansers can dissolve and/or discolor natural rocks and tiles. Grouting often has alkaline elements. If you use an acidic cleaner, like vinegar, the acid can etch into the grouting and destroy it.
Test on a small, inconspicuous area first. See whether there’s a reaction. If so, you can always neutralize a runaway acid-base reaction with a little baking soda. If and only if the test area does well, proceed to the rest of the job.
Use the right tools. Wire brushes can grind away the grouting, while bristle brushes may be too soft: a nylon brush may be ideal. Use appropriate safety gear, such as gloves and goggles, particularly if you’re using harsh chemicals that can spatter. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any chemicals you use for tile and grout cleaning and do not mix chemicals: doing so could release poisonous gases or otherwise harm you or others in the home. If you don’t have time to do your tile and grout cleaning, you could also call in a professional to get the job done. At AllBrite Carpet Cleaning, our cleaners have experience with tile and grout cleaning and we can get your floors looking like new again. Give us a call at (856) 764-7966. We would love to help.
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