A cement-based mixture is used fill the space between ceramic, stone, and glass is a substance known as a grout. Grout is very versatile in colors and formulas. Tile and grout are commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms though it can be found in any room in a home or business. Being a better surface choice that is constantly around moisture, tile and grout are used for the floor in kitchens and bathrooms to cover the countertops and around shower/tubs as well as backsplashes. Since it is stylish and durable, it used in many applications. Many find it challenging to restore their grout to a clean a vibrant appearance, and today, we at Steam Magic Carpet Cleaning would like to share why.
Does Mopping Clean Grout or Make it Dirty?
Due the very porous nature of grout, moisture, soap scum, dirt, bacteria and other forms of debris seeps beneath the surface. As a result, mildew and mold can take root and thrive because the favorable conditions. Mopping is the typical method used to wash the tile and grout floors and cleaning with a sponge/rag is common with the countertop and shower’s tile and grout. Despite your efforts, the grout only seems to get dingier over time. A major contributor to the issue is people using the same bucket of water throughout the process. You are adding more dirt to the grout as you dip the mop or sponge in the prepared water solution as the dirt and debris dilute the water and the filthier it gets the worse off the latter cleaning of the tile and grout. Tile grout is rarely rinsed after a washing, and this residue only attracts more soil which leaves a buildup of detergents to layer up. To prevent the buildup, every 2nd or 3rd washing of your floors should be done with nothing more than pure, warm water. Water treatment will rinse away residues in addition to clearing any smudges. With the use vinegar concoctions. The deterioration of your sealants is expedited.
Can You Clean Grout with a Brush?
Grout lines are hard to wash thoroughly during a typical mopping, as makes little to contact as you scrub since it dips lower than tile. People should approach the grout with a brush to effectively clean it, theoretically, especially when the buildup is severe. This method is not only time consuming, but the labor can be hard on people as they scrub the individual lines on their hands and knees. Should you use the traditional mopping method, change the water often and use a scrubbing brush for the grout lines.
Should Grout Be Sealed?
Investing periodically in professional sealant services can better protect your grout from absorbing the soil, moisture, and other manner of debris, which reduces the chance of stains. A sealant should be applied after installation and then at least once a year there after. Generally, sealants only last up to year, depending on foot traffic, how frequently they are cleaned, and what they are cleaned with, but can dissipate sooner. In addition to recontamination floors with filthy mop water, the lack of sealants will hinder your efforts in keeping your grout cleaned. Investing in a professional tile and grout clean annually, at a minimum, as well as including a sealant service can assist you to help keep your grout and tile spotless, vibrant, and glistening.
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