Helpful Tips from The Groutsmith!
Homecare Advice…How to Take Care of Your Grout and Tile!
Tile Floor Maintenance Tips
Use only products approved by tile and grout manufacturers.
Never use steam, pressurized water systems, abrasives, acids or harsh chemicals.
Why? Steam and pressure will cause your tile to come unbonded from the subsurface, whether it be concrete slab or backer board. When the pressurized steam breaks that bond, held together by the thinset, between the back of the tile and the subfloor, your tiles will give off a hollow sound when you walk on them. If you drop something heavy enough on a hollow tile it will more than likely break and could send the shock wave to surrounding tiles. This then becomes an expensive fix that was caused by improper cleaning techniques.
Always use PH neutral, no-rinse floor cleaning products. Use a damp mop (microfiber is best). Rinse the dirty mop in a separate bucket or laundry basin, so you keep the clean solution bucket free of dirt.
Tile Shower Maintenance Tips
Always wipe down your shower after use. Drying the walls and floor will help prevent mold and mildew growth.
Eliminate the use of bar soaps and use liquid shower soaps and gels. Soap scum build up on tile and grout is nothing more than bar soap that has re-hardened on the surface. Eliminating bar soaps will totally eliminate soap scum build up.
Clean your shower weekly with only products approved by all tile and grout manufacturers.
Always make sure there are no openings or cracks in the grout and caulked joints to prevent water damage and mold growth behind the tile.