Tile and Grout Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Here are a list of things that will help you clean your tile and grout.  These  do’s and don’ts will help simplify your life and make your tile and grout cleaning much easier.  Following these simple steps will also help make your grout last, and make grout cleaning a snap.

how to clean tile groutThe Do’s of Grout Cleaning

Do use a throw mat in areas of high traffic such as entry ways, walk ways, and in front of the kitchen sink.

Do clean regularly to avoid gunky build up.

Do take time to clean the tile and scrub out the grout.

Do get the area of tiles you are working on wet before starting.  Giving ample time for water to soak in may save you some time scrubbing.

Do use a tile disinfectant.  This is great for killing germs, bacteria, mold, and mildew. (Mold and mildew could damage the tile).

Do make sure when you are done, that you dry the area thoroughly. This will allow the tile to last longer.

Do use a  kneeling pad or a soft cushion, especially if it will be for a long time.  Your knees  will be glad you did.

Do seal your grout, or have them sealed  on a normal basis (every 2 to 3 years).  This helps them keep their original color and keeps the dirt out!

Do change chipped, cracked, or broken tiles as soon as possible. Not changing out broken tiles can ultimately lead to more expensive problem later on down the road.  Mold and mildew can get trapped in the tile and break them down faster.  (This goes doubly for tile roofs).

Do have fun.   Take the time to admire your work when you are done!

The Don’ts of Grout Cleaning

Don’t use harsh adhesives which can damage the tile grout.

Don’t allow water to sit on tile for too long because it can get under the tile and cause damage.

Don’t mix ammonia and bleach, (which creates lethal chlorine gas.)

Don’t use harsh chemicals. Eventually, these can destroy the grout and tiles. It might be a good idea to use a mild cleaner first and then gradually increase the strength to the level required to remove spots.

Don’t use coarse scrubbers that may scratch the tile.

Don’t use colored cleaners on white tiles that can stain the grout and tiles.

Don’t forget to open doors and windows and allow proper ventilation when using strong cleaners. This will prevent you from inhaling harsh fumes.

Don’t forget to rinse the area properly when you are done cleaning. Thorough rinsing will remove toxic residue that can ultimately be harmful to kids and pets.

Keeping tile and grout clean is very important for lengthening the life of tiled areas. For more essential tips to keep in mind while you clean your tile and grout, read our featured post here: How To Clean Grout With Less Time, Money and Effort