Let’s face it; dirty tiles and grouting can quite literally take the shine off of your bathroom, kitchen, or patio spaces.
Whether you’ve left your tiles untreated for a long time or simply fallen into the trap of inadequate general cleaning, a deep clean can restore the tiles and grout to their former glory. In turn, this will enhance the aesthetic appeal while potentially making the living spaces safer due to a lack of allergens, mold, and grime.
While we appreciate that the thought of strapping the marigolds on might not appeal, we promise that it’ll feel worthwhile once you see those sparkling ties that look as good as new! Let’s get started.
5 Steps To Deep Cleaning Tiles & Grouting
- Know the type of tile materials that you are working with. Your home may have tiles made from porcelain, ceramic, vinyl, stone, glass or a range of other materials. While the fundamentals of a deep clean process will remain constant, the material could impact your choice of cleaning materials.
On a similar note, you must remember that cleaning walls and cleaning floors are slightly different processes.
- Choose premium quality tile and grout cleaning products. While it is possible to use generic cleaning materials and home remedies, products that are formulated specifically with tiles and grouting results will deliver the best results. If you want your tiles to truly shine, you must not accept any other option.
As well as the right tile grout care products, you will need to invest in a specialized tile brush as well as a brush for grouting.
- Spray the walls and floors with your specially formulated tile and grout cleaning product. While you only need a very light layer, you must ensure that all surfaces are covered. Leave it for a few minutes to bubble and gently lift the dirt from tile surfaces. Why not make a cup of coffee while you wait?
We’d suggest starting with the walls and then moving onto the floors. Otherwise, dirt from the walls may leave you needing to clean the floors again.
- Use the tile brush to scrub the dirt away from the tiles using a circular motion. Any grime caught in the grouting can be moved using a firm straight motion. Having a bowl of warm water by your side is advised as this will assist you when removing any particularly stubborn stains.
If this doesn’t remove all the grime, you can repeat the process starting from step three until you have a clean tile and grout.
- Wash away any remaining dirt and cleaning material with clean, warm water. If you are left with clean walls and flooring, you may wish to dry them by dabbing paper towels on them. However, it is also possible to let them dry naturally, especially when dealing with outside patios.
Finally, when working with materials like stone, you can apply a sealant to protect the materials against future damage.
How Often Should You Repeat The Process
Once you have your tiles back to their best, your next job is to keep them that way. Of course, there are several ways to reduce the need for deep cleaning, such as;
- Wiping tiles and grouting down after a shower,
- Regularly cleaning kitchen surfaces including tiles,
- Pressure washing patio tiles on a fortnightly basis,
- Ensuring that living spaces have good air circulation,
- Using eco-friendly ingredients for washing.
Follow those steps and combine it with a deep clean once every 3-6 months, depending on the visible signs of dirt and grime buildups. When you do, your bathroom and kitchen spaces will keep their gleam for years to come.