Keeping and Caring For Your Bathroom Tile and Grout
Everyone likes to have beautiful pristine tiles in the bathroom. However, one downside is the grout. Grout keeps our tiles together, but it’s quite susceptible to stains and damage from water.
Fresh grout looks beautiful, but without a thorough cleaning and maintenance, it can become stained, mildewed, and at times crack. The problem is that when grout starts cracking and falling, water can seep behind the wall and cause significant damage.
In this post, we will show you how to care for, keep, and extend the life of your bathroom grout.
That’s right, a daily routine. A daily wiping and spraying routine after your bath or shower is essential to keep your tiles clean and prevent premature staining and damage. We understand that a daily routine may seem a bit annoying, but it’ll save you tons of work in the long run.
So, what you need to do is get a good squeegee. Every time you shower or take a bath, run the squeegee on the tile, glass walls and doors to remove excess water.
Follow this by lightly spraying your tile and glass with a mild, daily shower cleaner. Pro-tip: you can make your cleaning solution by mixing a 4:1 water to vinegar solution or getting a green cleaner. Many cleaning brands have a daily shower cleaner, so try to see which one you like best.
The advantage of daily cleaning is that it will reduce the amount of time you’ll need to scrub, But weekly maintenance is still required.
Weekly Deep Cleaning
Despite having a daily routine for your walls and glass, you’ll still need to give your shower or bath a deep clean at least every week (or at worst, every two weeks). Body, oils and soap scum will still cling to the surfaces.
Therefore for weekly or biweekly cleanings, give your grout a nice preventative clean with water and baking soda paste. Rub it in the grout with a grout brush or a used toothbrush and rinse with just water. If your grout seems a bit more stained than usual, use hydrogen peroxide instead of water. If you have used vinegar as your daily spray before cleaning the shower, make sure to rinse it off thoroughly before using hydrogen peroxide in the grout.
Seriously Stained Grout
Either through laziness or a simple lack of attention, grout can become stained and grimy to the point where your daily shower cleaner or baking soda paste can’t quite do the job anymore. In this case, you need to break out the bleach to remove the stains.
A bleach pen is great for smaller surfaces and just a little grout work and minimizes potential contact with your tile – but it’s important to avoid using it on the entire grout. This is only a spot remedy.
If you think that your grout could use overall disinfection and stain treatment, start with an oxygen-type powdered bleach. This kind of bleach is gentler on your grout than the liquid, chloride-type stuff, and it’s usually sufficient to take care of your stubborn stains. Apply with a brush, let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse with clean water.
Although harsher and harder to control, a chlorine bleach spray can be used, but you must test it on a small, inconspicuous area of your tile to make sure it doesn’t damage it.
Permanent Grout Stains
When the above tips don’t work to remove the grout stains, you can do one more thing short of changing the entire grout: grout renewal. There are products to consider that add a layer of colour and protection against future staining and can extend the life of your grout for quite a few years.
When You Need to Change Your Grout
Signs that your grout needs changing include flaking and breaking the tiles coming off. When you see this, it’s essential to take action quickly because water can seep into your wall and cause much worse damage.
If you have excellent DIY skills, you can attempt to change the grout yourself. However, hiring a professional to redo your grout is your best bet.
Hiring a professional
There are many advantages to hiring a professional tile and grout cleaning contractor. For one, scrubbing down large tile and grout areas can take a long time and can be extremely tiring.
Tile cleaning professionals like Golden Line Green Care use a high-pressure multi-jet rotating steam cleaning tool. This tool is hooked up to a truck-mounted steam cleaning machine. With its specialized tools, this machine can effectively clean large tile and grout areas in a relatively short period.
Tile & Grout Cleaning Disclaimer
Not all tile and grout are installed correctly. There is always the potential for loose grout and/or caulking to be dislodged due to improper installation. Also, a coating may have been applied to the grout lines that can be discoloured or removed during the cleaning process. A floor with excessive soil and grease build-up may not clean up nicely. Tile that is properly installed has not been subject to harsh cleaners, has no foreign material, and the grout mortar is the proper depth will, in most cases, clean up nicely with no problems.
We try to determine if the tile has been properly installed; however, to be sure is impossible. THEREFORE, we are not responsible for any situations that may arise from the cleaning of tile and the grout lines. Cleaning showers and bath areas are challenging due to mould, soap scum build-up, and several shampoo deposits. We will do the best job we can; however, there are no guarantees.
*** The above techniques are meant to be of assistance in cleaning tile and grout. Please use with caution at your own risk. Golden Line Green Care is not responsible for the outcome of the above procedures***
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