Clean tiles can give your home a fresh, simple feel; but if you neglect proper care of the grout, you could find yourself battling mildew, mold, and discoloration. Expensive cleaners filled with harsh chemicals are not necessary for most tile floors, unless you are working on a floor that has already begun collecting mold or excessive dirt.
Homemade Grout Cleaner
You can inexpensively clean your tile floor using simple substances around the house such as white vinegar, baking powder, and ammonia. Mix equal parts of these ingredients with several cups of water in a squirt bottle and shake it up before use. Spray it on your tile and grout, and scrub with a mop, old rag, or sponge. No rinsing is needed; just allow the mixture to dry.
Choosing a Mop
Using a sponge mop might brighten up the surface of your tiles, but it will also worsen the situation of your grout. Instead of removing gunk from the cracks, it will just push more crumbs and dirt into the hard-to-clean spaces. A micro-fiber mop will thoroughly clean your tile floor and prevent future problems with molds and stains.
Mildew and Mold
Dirty grout can quickly become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. If this is your situation, switch out the ammonia for bleach. Create a mixture that is one part bleach for five parts water. Allow it to sit for five minutes before rinsing. You might need to scrub away the mold with brush. Remember that ammonia and bleach should never be mixed together.
The Steam Extraction Method
Once grout and tile becomes stained, bleach will only work as a temporary fix. A steam extraction method will give a comprehensive clean and remove stubborn steams permanently. This approach uses detergent, hot steam, high water pressure, and a vacuum to remove gunk and stains from your tiles and grout.
At some point you might be looking down at your tile and decide that perhaps cleaning isn’t the best option for you. While one of the best benefits to tile is its durability it sometimes needs to be replaced. If you need a hand making sure that your tile is laid straight and even, let us know. The way the ground settles here in Florida can make long-lasting flooring a challenge for homeowners from Tampa to Bradenton.