How To Clean Your Tile and Grout

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Tile cleaning is probably part of your maintenance routine in your home, but do you know how to do so properly? The tile may look clean after a general washing, but what about the grout in between tiles? It’s time to take your tile cleaning seriously and follow these steps for a more sanitized and sparkling floor.

Mop the Tile Once A Week

The part you probably do already is mopping your floors. At least once a week, use a mop or other tile cleaning device to remove the dirt, dust, and other particles that accumulate on your floor throughout the week. This will sanitize the tile itself and can also remove some of the accumulation inside the grout as well. Keeping up with weekly maintenance will also extend the life of your tile.

Check for Mold

Mold can grow in between the tile where the grouting is. Especially when you have tiled bathrooms where there is a lot of moisture from showers and perhaps a leaking toilet, you need to be careful of creating an atmosphere fit for mold. If the mold is still small enough, cleaning products and a mop should remove the mold from your tile. But large amounts of mold could mean that it has spread to other areas of your home as well. This means you need to call a restoration company to safely and properly repair the damage.

Hire a Tile Cleaning Service

Your local restoration company offers a tile cleaning service that does a much deeper clean than what you can do with your mop. Using chemical solutions and the proper tools, a restoration company can dig deep into the tile and grout to remove the dirt that is really ground into your floor. There is often a wax sealing on your tile to prevent dirt and dust accumulation, but the longer you have your tile, the more this layer will wear and tear. Professionally cleaning your tile yearly will help to diminish this process.

Replace Tile as Needed

Eventually, your tile will need to be replaced. When this happens will depend on how often you actually clean your floors yourself and when a professional gets involved. Once that wax layer is mostly gone, your tile is at risk of higher damage. Tile replacement is important for the health of your house, especially when it becomes hard to keep clean.

At Kelley Klean, we are here to help you with tile floor maintenance and repairs. We guarantee a professional cleaning job with every visit and will help you keep your floors for a long time. Give us a call today at 573-214-0990.

Tricks to keep your Tiles looking new

photo by rkit-

photo by rkit-

Most everyone loves the look of tile for entryways, walls, bathroom, and backsplashes.  But let’s face it, normal wear and tear can make your tile look old and grimy.  Let us show you ways to put the shine back on your tile and have it looking good as new in no time!

Process 1: Bleach and Baking Soda

This method is for making your white tile with white grout look bright again.  You will need full strength chlorine bleach, baking soda, a bucket, a non-metal stir stick, scrub brush, rubber gloves, and rags.

Mix 3/4 cups baking soda

1/4 cup bleaches in a bucket and stir

You want the mixture to form a thick paste.  Apply this directly to the grout, spreading it over all the surfaces evenly.  Allow the mixture to sit for 5-20 minutes (depending on how dirty the tile is).  Now use your scrub brush in a circular motion to scrub the grout and tile.  Let the paste sit five more minutes before rinsing.  Always take care when using a chemical like bleach.  Make sure the area is well ventilated, and avoid getting it on your skin or in your eyes or mouth.

Process 2: vinegar and baking soda

This method works on most any color tile and grout, and is for lighter stains.  You will need white vinegar, baking soda, a spray bottle, scrub brush, rags, and bowl for mixing, water.

Place vinegar in spray bottle

Mix baking soda into a paste with water

Spray the tile with vinegar and apply the paste.  After the bubbling action stops, scrub the tile.  Rinse and repeat until the desired results are achieved.

Process 3: Steam Clean it

If you can obtain a steam cleaner, this is a truly effective and safe way to clean your tile.  Heat and high-pressure work together to remove dirt and debris.  You will need:

Steam cleaner, water, access to electricity


Turn the steam cleaner to 350℉ and work the detail brush along the tile and grout, in a continuous motion.  Clear the excess liquid by wiping with a clean rag.  NOTE:  do not use this method on broken or cracked tile!  The pressure from the washer could cause more damage.

Six important points to remember:

  1. Always sweep off and pre-clean your tile with a standard cleaning solution and water to remove any excess grime
  2. Never use bleach on your dyed grout. It could cause loss of color.
  3. Pre-Test a small area with the solution first to make sure it is safe to use on your particular tile.
  4. Never mix cleaning solutions! This can cause toxic chemical reactions. Before trying a different procedure, rinse and dry the area completely.
  5. Keep your tile looking bright and clean between scrubbing with light coat of grout sealer.
  6. If your tile and grout are so bad that none of these methods work, look to enlisting the expertise of a professional cleaning company for help. These professional have all the equipment and knowledge necessary to make your tile look good as new.