Many practical homeowners choose tiles for floors, showers, kitchen counters and backsplashes as tiles are stylish, versatile and offer design flexibility. Tiles are also durable and, with proper care, can last for many years. Finally, tiles are relatively easy to clean with a cloth and household cleaner or a mop.
Over time, tiled surfaces can get stains that will require a deeper clean. In this case, your daily wipe-down routine may not be enough. Here are 5 tile and grout cleaning tips to keep your tiled surfaces looking their best.
Be quick in removing stains from tile and grout
Don’t let stains sit on your tile and grout for too long. Remove stains immediately. The longer a stain remains on the tile, the harder it will be to remove. To remove stains from tiled surfaces, mix one part scouring powder to one part warm water. Rub the paste on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub it with a soft bristle brush. Give your tiles a final wash with warm soap and water.
Get rid of mould and mildew
Mould and mildew thrive in moist, damp spaces so seeing them on tiled surfaces especially in bathrooms is not uncommon. Make sure to remove them immediately to stop their growth. To help remove mould and mildew from tiles, make a cleaning solution using half ammonia and half water. Keep your windows open and wear rubber gloves for protection when using this mixture.
To prevent the on-set of mould and mildew, it is also recommended to run an exhaust fan while you are showering so that the bathroom can dry quickly.
Don’t ignore small stains
Small stains can become difficult to remove if you let them sit on the grout for too long. There is a quick and easy way to remove small stains. Simply use a pencil eraser to remove small grout stains. Yes, you can quite literally ‘erase’ small sections of stained grout with a pencil eraser!
Make your grout sparkle
Brighten up the grout with this solution. Make a paste with equal parts baking soda and water. Using a toothbrush or other soft bristle brush, scrub with the paste to clean your grout.
Schedule a professional tile and grout cleaning service
One of the best ways to keep tile and grout looking pristine and keeping a safe, healthy home environment is to regularly schedule a professional tile and grout cleaning service. Since grout and a few tile types are porous, trapped dirt and stains can make it look unsightly and these areas may even become a breeding ground for harmful, disease-causing microorganisms. Professional tile and grout cleaning not only gets rid of surface stains, it also eliminates germs and bacteria in between your tiles.
If you need help in cleaning and maintaining your tiled surfaces, don’t hesitate to call the experts. Call Wizard Cleaning on 9323 1474 and book our professional tile and grout cleaning service.