Tile and grout are two of the most common materials used in buildings. They are often found in kitchens or bathrooms but are great for any location that needs to stand up to moisture or spills.

Tile and grout can still become soiled and stained. In general, they are easy to wash, but you need the right cleaner to do so. Finding the perfect one can be challenging.

Below are factors to consider when choosing a tile and grout cleaner. Keep reading to find out how to identify the best solution for each application.

Type of Tile or Grout

There are many different types of tile and grout. Understanding what you have is the first step to cleaning them effectively.

Most ceramic, porcelain, and vinyl tile can be cleaned using soap and warm water. Natural stone tile–such as marble, granite, or slate–needs special care. It is important to use a pH-neutral cleaner for these surfaces, as acidic or abrasive cleaners could damage the stone’s surface.

There also are many different types of grout. Most are some type of cement, but there is also epoxy and resin grout.

A homemade cleaner to add to your tile and grout care routine is a mixture of three parts baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide. This mixture is safe for any grout type. After you apply it, let it sit for a while to remove stains.

You can use bleach and water to clean epoxy grout, but not other types. Also, avoid using vinegar solutions on grout, as it can corrode the substance over time.

Level of Grout or Tile Cleaning Power Needed

When choosing a tile and grout cleaner, the next thing to consider is how dirty and stained the surfaces are. In most cases, soap and warm water, or the baking soda mixture mentioned above, will suffice.

For tougher stains, you might consider an industrial store-bought cleaner. These can provide the right recipe for addressing stains.

Also, determine if your tile and grout are dirty versus damaged or stained beyond repair. No amount of chemicals can restore old tile to its original form. A tell-tale sign that grout needs replacing or refinishing is if it has turned very dark.

Safety and Environmental Impacts

If you live in a home with young children or pets, or if you have sensitivities to cleaners, you may be restricted to DIY solutions. You can find environmentally friendly cleaners at your local hardware store, but these are usually nothing more than basic soaps, oils, or mineral salts.

If you are having trouble getting your tile or grout clean without using harsh chemicals, consider calling a professional. Most experienced ones have eco-friendly cleaners that are safe for your home but will get your tile and grout gleaming.

Learn More Identifying the Best Tile and Grout Cleaner

Now that you understand what makes the best tile and grout cleaner in different situations, you can find one that is right for your cleaning needs. For tougher tasks, reach out to a tile and grout restoration expert.

The Groutsmith is a locally owned and operated business serving the Boise area. Our goal is to provide the highest quality tile and grout cleaning or repair for homeowners and businesses. Contact us today to schedule tile or grout maintenance.