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The Ultimate Cleaning Service Guide to Tile and Grout Cleaning

March 03, 2022

Tiles are a common addition to any home. They’re relatively easy to wipe off and clean, but grout is a different story. Grout is rough and absorbent, allowing dirt and grime to easily accumulate around it. It can be discolored, making it appear dirty even when wiped down. There are ways, however, to make tiles and grout look new again. Continue reading to learn how your cleaning service can effectively clean tile and grout.

Importance of Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning

The best way to prevent grout from having discoloration and a build-up of mold and mildew is to take preventative measures. You can do this by applying a professional grout sealer. While this service is not offered by many tile installers, homeowners look to professional cleaners that offer this service.

It is key to make sure that before a protective grout sealer is applied, the grout itself is as clean as possible. Hiring a professional cleaning service is the best way to ensure that no dirt and grime get trapped underneath the sealant.

In addition, professional grout cleaning will extend the lifespan of your tile and grout helping prevent costly replacements. As a part of the service, expert cleaners reseal the grout.

Professional grout cleaners either use select chemical cleaners that use precise Ph levels to remove stains or use a high-powered steam cleaner, depending on the service.

How to Clean Tile Floors

Although natural stone, ceramic, and porcelain tile are the most common type of flooring used, they tend to have the most visible build-up. In order to maintain tile and grout, The Grout Medic suggests cleaning them once or twice a year. Annual spring and fall cleanings are a suggested routine.

To clean dirty grout and tiles, choose a cleaning solution that is recommended for the particular surface. Use the following guide when cleaning tile floors:

  • Vacuum or sweep the area to remove dirt, crumbs, and other loose debris.
  • Deep clean the floor with a tile cleaner to prepare for grout cleaning. Mop, scrape off any sticky substances, or use a pressure washer.
  • Apply the grout cleaner of choice and allow it to sit and soak for the directed amount of time.
  • Scrub along a grout line with a narrow or angled brush or a specialized tile and grout cleaning machine.
  • Dry off surfaces with a clean cloth or towel.
  • Reseal the grout if applicable.

How to Clean Tile Countertops, Backsplashes, and Showers

A similar process is used when cleaning tile countertops, backsplashes, and showers.

  • Clean the area with soap and hot water.
  • Spray or pour grout cleaner on the tiles and allow the cleaner to sit and soak for the directed amount of time.
  • Use a narrow or angled brush to buff grout lines. Toothbrushes work well in small areas.
  • Dry off grout and tiles with a clean cloth or towel.
  • Apply sealant to the grout if applicable.

DIY Tile and Grout Cleaner

For those looking for a natural remedy, there are alternatives that can be used to restore your clients’ grout. Homemade solutions are perfect for those wanting to avoid breathing in harsh chemicals and prevent harmful substances from contaminating the wastewater.

According to Insider, the most effective homemade grout cleaner is a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap. Create a paste out of the mixture to clean, degrease, and whiten.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tile and Grout Cleaning

What is the best cleaning solution for ceramic tile floors?

The Spruce tested the top grout cleaners on the market and identified the most effective at removing grime. They also took into consideration other key factors such as smell, cost, and ease of use.

The top reviewed grout cleaners include Grout-Eez Super Heavy-Duty Grout Cleaner, Soft Scrub Gel Cleanser, and Black Diamond Stoneworks Ultimate Grout Cleaner.

How do you get grout white again?

To restore white grout back to its original color, we recommend regular cleanings and reapplication of sealant. For those who have stained grout beyond repair, consider looking into grout paint or colorant.

How much does it cost to clean tile and grout?

According to Ameri-Best Carpet Cleaning, tile and grout cleaning costs between $.75 and $3 per square foot on average. Minimum costs average between $100 and $300 depending on levels of filth, floor tile material and condition, and extra services such as sealing or buffing.

Costs incurred while completing the cleaning include:

  • Broom/vacuum
  • Mop/pressure washer
  • Grout cleaning solution
  • Grout brush/cleaning machine
  • Towels

The most expensive cost to budget for is the grout cleaner itself. These range from hand-held steamers for around $100 to professional grout cleaning machines for around $1,000, such as the cleaning company favorite, Turbo Force Hybrid Tile & Grout Cleaning Tool.

How do you clean grout without damaging it?

To prevent tile and grout damage, it is important to do an inspection before cleaning to check for any missing grout or cracked tiles. Also, it is crucial to make sure that you are using a cleaning solution that is made for the particular surface that you are cleaning.

Consider Offering Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning Services

Tile and grout cleaning can be a low-cost and attractive addition to your cleaning company. That said, stubborn stains and long-term build-up can make cleaning tile and grout tricky. Not to mention, some projects may require a bit of elbow grease and repeat cleaning efforts.

If you do decide to add grout and tile cleaning to your list of cleaning services, encourage your clients to use grout sealant and to schedule regular cleanings with your team. As always, keep learning about new and improved methods of cleaning to see what works best for you and your business.

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