Any home with tile needs regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking as attractive as the day the tiling was installed. Tile cleaning is fairly simple, it’s the grout in between that often presents a problem. Grout is porous, easily collecting dirt, grime and bacteria. Dirty, discolored grout can make even the most expensive tile look dull and unattractive.
The Bailies® Clean team sees some of the worst cases of dirty grout and tile, which is why we’ve developed a six-step tile and grout cleaning process. This process can be used on a variety of tile, including ceramic and porcelain, and is ideal for kitchen and bathroom floors, showers, countertops, entranceways and other tiled areas.
Professional Tile Cleaning: Saves Time and Hassle
It takes time and elbow grease to clean discolored grout and tile. With our busy lives, we often only have time for a quick floor sweep and a hurried swipe with a rag across the countertops. A professional tile and grout cleaning offers the deep cleaning you don’t have time to tackle.
Spots and stains are targeted, pre-treated and removed plus a high-pressure cleaning technique is used for grime and ground-in soil. All baseboards and corners are cleaned carefully – no crumbs or dust bunnies left behind. A professional tile cleaning includes a full drying process as well as sealing the grout lines to help keep dirt from accumulating.
Importance of Clean Grout
Grout is a porous material that easily stains. In rooms that see high humidity/moisture (like the bathroom), grout can develop mildew and bacteria. Have you ever seen a pinkish-red film on your bathroom grout? This is the bacteria Serratia marcescens and is typically found in showers. It can be removed with a general household cleaner that contains chlorine bleach.
Safety Tip: If you opt to use this cleaning method be sure it’s safe for your tiles, wear gloves, rinse thoroughly and only use a bleach cleaner in a well-ventilated room.
You can help prevent the growth of the ‘pink’ bacteria by wiping dry your shower tiles, countertops and any other affected area after each use. The bacteria needs the moist environment to grow.
In Between Professional Cleanings
Keep your tile and grout looking fantastic in between professional cleanings with a baking soda/white vinegar paste. Mix a 1:1 ratio of baking soda and white vinegar. Scrub the grout with the paste and a bristled brush. Never use metal bristles or you may damage your grout and beautiful tile. Keep tile clean by following the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning techniques. Always wipe up spills as soon as possible to prevent/reduce staining.
If it’s time to restore the beauty of a home’s older tile or you’re in need of some tile and grout cleaning help, it’s best to call in the professionals. You’ll save time, hassle and won’t have to worry about potential damage to the tile because the Bailies Clean professionals have the experience and right equipment to handle even the toughest jobs. We even offer certified green tile and grout cleaning products featuring the Environmental Choice and Green Seal.