When it comes to keeping your tile and grout looking clean and fresh, high-traffic areas can be the biggest challenge. Foot traffic, spills and dirt can quickly accumulate, leaving your floors looking dingy and uninviting. Fortunately, there are some effective strategies for keeping tile and grout clean in these busy areas.
Keep in mind that while DIY cleaning can be effective to an extent, a professional tile and grout cleaning offers many benefits that can’t be matched by DIY methods. Therefore, you’ll want to schedule a professional cleaning at least some of the time. This way, you can extract dirt, grime and other contaminants from the grout lines, restore the natural color of your grout and remove stains and imperfections.
In the meantime, here are some tips for cleaning tile and grout in a high-traffic area.
Sweep and Vacuum Regularly
The first step in keeping high-traffic areas clean is to sweep and vacuum regularly. When you do this, you remove dirt, dust and other debris before it has a chance to settle into the grout lines. Use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum cleaner with a hard floor attachment to gently sweep or vacuum your tile at least once a week. Also wipe up spills immediately.
Use a Neutral pH Cleaner
When it comes time to deep clean your tile and grout, choose your products carefully. We recommend cleaners that won’t damage your tile and grout, such as neutral pH cleaners in place of acidic or alkaline cleaners. These can potentially etch or discolor your tile and grout. And always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Focus on Grout Lines
Grout lines are the most vulnerable areas when it comes to high-traffic tile floors. Because they are porous, they tend to absorb dirt and spills, which can eventually cause them to look dingy and discolored. To tackle grout lines, use a grout brush or old toothbrush to scrub the cleaner into the lines.
Seal the Grout
High-traffic areas should be sealed one or twice a year, while low-traffic areas can wait two to three years. Sealing helps prevent dirt and stains from penetrating the porous surface. Choose a sealer that’s appropriate for your tile and grout, and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Also make sure the sealant fully dries before you use the surface, so you may have to plan ahead.
Schedule a Professional Cleaning
Most tile floors can benefit from a professional cleaning once a year. You should be keeping up with the day-to-day maintenance, such as vacuuming, sweeping and wiping up spills. But if you want a truly effective cleaning that lifts dirt and stains and restores your grout, a professional cleaning is the way to go.
Plus, when you schedule a professional cleaning, you don’t have to worry about buying products and getting on your hands and knees to scrub tile and grout. Everything will be done for you, and you’ll get the best results using safe, effective products.
Book Your Appointment for Tile and Grout Cleaning
Texas Elite Restoration and Cleaning offers professional tile and grout cleaning. We use the most powerful cleaning equipment to lift stubborn dirt and stains and restore the look of your tile! We also never use harsh chemicals – only hot water that lifts trapped dirt and debris. Schedule an appointment with us today – and don’t forget to ask about our convenient, cost-effective tile and grout cleaning packages!