5 Common Mistakes When Grout Cleaning
We live in an age where Google tells us everything we need to know; however, besides that fact, some research — whether online, person to person or otherwise — can lead us down incorrect paths for our particular needs. For instance, not knowing which grout cleaners and methods to use on your tile’s grout can lead to mistakes if you’re not careful.
Stop the searching and read below about five common mistakes when grout cleaning. This could save you valuable time — as well as the integrity of your grout.
- You just ignore it.
While most of us hate household chores, especially tedious tile cleaning, just ignoring your tile and grout will leave it looking less than its best. Sweep and mop your tile on a weekly basis. If you have wall tile in your bathroom and/or kitchen, scrubbing it at least once or twice per month will improve its lifespan.
2. You vacuum on tile and grout.
Sometimes, We all cut corners with our housework, in order to complete the tasks at hand. Vacuuming on tile, however, can leave permanent damage to your tile and grout. The vacuum’s wheels and any metal bars can leave marks on your tile floor and crack the grout. Use a brush a lightly sweep your tile.
3. You use the wrong cleaners.
Cleaning with bleach and ammonia heavily damages the grout and tile. Be sure to use cleaners for your particular tile finish and grout. Read labels on cleaning products to find a more green option and be sure to read the cleaning agents’ instructions. Also, consult a tile cleaning professional if you have questions or want them to handle the cleaning work.
4. You spill something and don’t clean it up.
Did you spill olive oil on your tiled kitchen counter or get soapy water on the tile floor after taking a shower? Be sure to clean up spills as soon as they occur. This will prevent damage, bacteria and mildew and will keep your tile and grout clean. Your home and health will thank you for it.
5. You don’t protect against cracking, due to furniture.
Although tile and grout are very durable, furniture can cause cracks. Use furniture protectors at the bottom of tables, couches and chairs. If you have indoor potted plants, make sure there is something underneath the pots. Water and soil combinations can damage the floor over time. Use rugs when necessary to give some extra protection.