4 Common Tile/Grout Cleaning Mistakes You Can Put right at Home

4 Common Tile/Grout Cleaning Mistakes You Can Put right at Home

Tiled surfaces, whether they are in flooring, bathrooms, or kitchen counters and backsplashes, can be a significant investment for many homeowners.

It can be time-consuming and difficult to clean grout and tiles in your home. Many people seek out tips and tricks that make this process simpler. Unfortunately, most common DIY grout care tips do more harm than good when it comes down to protecting your grout’s look and durability.

It is essential to maintain your tiles between professional cleanings. This will help you extend the life of your investment. Is your tiled surface being cleaned correctly? When the grout is not properly cleaned, tile can get stained and can get scratched. You should avoid these common mistakes in grout and tile cleaning.

1. Excessive and difficult scrubbing

Contrary to popular belief scrubbing tiles until they are clean and shiny can cause more damage than good. You can damage tiles and cause grout wear by hard scrubbing. Use steel wool, abrasive powders for scrubbing, or any other material to clean your tiles. Instead, use soft cleaning mops and cloths.

2. Using colored cleaners or dirty mop waters

It is important to clean grout and tile surfaces regularly by wiping them off or mopping them up. But, using the wrong cleaners and dirty mop water could cause more harm than you realize. If grout and tile are not sealed, they are porous surfaces that can absorb liquids. The use of dirty mop water may leave the grout with stains. If a cleaner has a specific color, it can stain the grout or tile. This can be prevented by regularly changing your mop water and carefully choosing your chemicals.

3. Using ammonia-based cleaners and other harmful chemicals

Your grout lines will be stained over time by ammonia-based cleaners and bleach. It usually happens slowly, but it will happen in long run. You can use a mild all-purpose cleaner, or better, non-soap cleaners like vinegar and washing soap.

White vinegar can be used as a natural soap cleaner. It’s strong enough to remove soap residue and dirt buildup, but it is not acidic enough that it will damage grout or tiles. You can clean tiled surfaces with regular wiping using equal parts of white vinegar and hot water. It can also be used to clean tiles with washing soda. You can add one cup of washing soda to several liters of hot water.

4. Tile and grout cleaning with muriatic Acid

Muriatic Acid is a chemical used for industrial purposes and pool cleaning. This powerful acid can be used to remove stubborn surface stains but should not be used for grout or tile. It is very powerful and can permanently cause damage to tile or grout. Muriatic acid can cause severe damage to tile and grout surfaces, which could lead to the need for re-grouting the area or even replacing it. Grout Brothers uses only safe chemicals to restore your tile and grout.

These mistakes are not recommended if you want to correct a particular problem with your grout and tile appearance. You can sometimes get professional help with grout and tile cleaning.


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