I'd like to share some Tampa office cleaning and tile cleaning tips specifically that I've learned over the years. Did you know that there are different grout types? Did you also know there are different ways to clean each of them? In this article, I will attempt to shed some light on the subject and get you started in the right direction. You can perform some of the cleaning yourself, but I do recommend you have your tile and grout cleaned by an expert at least once a year. We can deep clean and reseal the grout joints for you.
Before you get started
1. Consider the type of tile that you have. Is it ceramic, natural stone or clay? This makes a difference. These tile types are attached to the sub-floor differently, as well as different compositions. Ceramic and natural stone usually have tighter pores than clay and may absorb cleaners differently.
2. There are different adhesives used to attach tiles to sub floors. What type do you have? Some are water soluble and can lift the floor tile if water penetrates the grout or tile.
3. The grout type matters. Is it cement or latex? How elastic is it? Are there any cracks or loose tiles? Has a sealer been applied to the grout joints? All of this will make a difference when cleaning grout joints.
These are just a few things you must consider before you start cleaning your grout and tile cleaning in Tampa.
I have detailed below what I believe is the safest way for the DIY-er to clean tile and grout. A word of caution: if you are not sure about the condition of your tile and grout, call a professional. You will save in the long run.
My Tile Grout Cleaning Tips
For some stains, simple household items like vinegar or baking soda can be effective cleaners. Use vinegar diluted with an equal amount of water, or make a paste of baking soda and a bit of water to clean the grout. Spray or dab the cleaner onto a small length of grout and scrub with a stiff brush. Scrubbing in small circles rather than straight up and down will remove more debris from the grout. Rinse well with water and remove any remaining moisture with a sponge or paper towel. Warning: Never over-scrub! If the tile and grout are not coming clean, hire a professional!
These tips were provided by the U. S. Cleaning Services, Inc. of Tampa Bay. We are locally owned and operated by Brian O’Donnell. We proudly serve as carpet cleaners in Brandon and the greater Tampa Bay area. Our staff is a professional team of experts who have served the Tampa Bay area since 1989.
If you would like more information please contact Brian O'Donnell at 813-677-0336 or 813-263-5587.