Whether we are tiling about a tiled floor or tiling around the cooking area in the kitchen, toilet, or bathroom tiling, dirty and stained grout can ruin the entire look of your beautiful San Jose house no matter how much effort you put into keeping it sanitary and clean.
The problem is that the porous grout material tends to “hold grudges” and absorb dirt and debris, which is much harder to clean than the smooth surface of tiles.
Living in San Jose, you can always address our professional cleaning services to ensure that your carpets and furniture are properly maintained and preserve their looks and value, mattresses are safe and sanitary, and your furry friends fill the house with joy and happiness, not foul odors.
But in this article, we shall provide one of the essential tips to clean the tiling grout and keep the house neat and sanitary cleaning between the professionals` visits, prolonging the effect of the deep cleaning services.
Not all Grout is Born Equal
To understand how to remove dirt and debris from your grout and keep it clean in the future, it is essential to know exactly what kinds of tiling and grout you may be dealing with in different rooms and areas of your San Jose property, what kind of contaminants are most typical for each surface.
For example, in the kitchen, you will probably have to fight grease, tiled floors in the living room will become victims to street dirt and dust brought on shoes, and in the bathroom, you have to pay special attention to sanitary cleanness and disinfection.
At the same time, different types of grout may reach differently on various chemicals and cleaners you may use in your San Jose house.
- Epoxy Grout – smooth and least porous, this grout is considered the easiest to clean. It is mainly found in floor and wall tiling in bathrooms, toilets as well as outdoor kitchens;
- Unsanded Grout – the most common type of grout for home floor tiles. It is a cement-based filling, which is relatively easy to clean;
- Sanded Grout – also a cement grout used mainly for floor tiling, but this kind of material is particularly gritty and, therefore, may be pretty hard to clean. At the same time, this type of grout is extremely robust and therefore used mainly for heavy-trafficked floors, which makes areas with sanded grout the hardest to maintain.
Why is Scrubbing Not the Best Way to Clean Grout Around Tile?
The first impulse when you see a dirty tile grout would be to scrub it really well to get rid of all the traces of dirt, dust, and debris from the porous material.
However, the gritty texture makes grout particularly vulnerable to direct mechanical damage. In other words, if you scrub the grout, it may start disintegrating, and your whole tiling will eventually get damaged.
That is why it is always best to address chemistry, not physical force when you need to clean grout around tile.
You will need:
- 1/3 cup of Baking Soda;
- 1/4 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide;
- A teaspoon of liquid soap.
Baking soda is most efficient for removing tough contaminants such as street dirt, dust as well as grease. Hydrogen Peroxide is active against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores. In other words, it is a safe alternative to using bleach and other harsh disinfectants for cleaning your San Jose house. Liquid soap is also efficient against grease and will perform as a lube that will help active ingredients get deep into the grout`s texture.
This method does not require any scrubbing. The contaminants are destroyed entirely due to a chemical reaction, and after 10-15 minutes, you can simply wash or wipe the solution off together with the dirt.
Cleaning with Vinegar is another great solution for tile grout contaminations. Vinegar is extremely acidic, which makes it most efficient against soap scum and brines left on tiles and grout by hard water. Vinegar also works great against any glue stains and other chemical contaminants.
Gritty materials like grout are always the hardest to clean. Sometimes you will have to look for smart science-based solutions no matter how tempting may be the idea of scrubbing the dirty areas as hard as possible. At the same time, not all grout materials, as well as contaminants, may react equally well to various chemicals and cleaning methods. That is why it is always best to consult a professional before trying any DIY method from the Internet on your San Jose property.
Contact Genesis Carpet Cleaning for the best cleaning services in San Jose, as well as through consultation from our experts. Here you will find a team of professionals who will help you keep your San Jose property sanitary clean, and safe, provide urgent and routine cleaning services, do pre-sale preparations, and make sure that your property and belongings are treated and handled with care, respect, and professional expertise.