When to Use Tile and Grout Cleaning Services

Cleaning Tile Grout

Cleaning Tile and Grout

Once again, you are staring at your kitchen/bathroom floor tile and grout, full of stains, dirt, mildew, and possibly mold, and wondering how you are going to find the time and energy to tackle the unpleasant job yourself, wondering if you even have enough of the common household products that will be needed to do this time consuming job. Not a pleasant job to do at all; tile and grout cleaning can be quite laborious.

About Tile and Grout

Because of its typically light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining, and tile looks worn. In a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are the usual culprits, while in the kitchen, spills are more likely to blame. Soap, mold, and mildew meanwhile make it difficult to maintain clean tile and grout in bathrooms.

A Few Cleaning Ideas You Can Try

Or, after reading through the below instructions, you may decide to let the flooring professionals at Just Around The Corner in St. Louis do it in a quarter of the time, for minimal cost!

Think of all the things you could do with your day, instead of spending the day on cleaning your tile and grout. Oh the fun you could have! You could give your floor tiles and grout new life with a professional tile and grout cleaning crew, while you are out having fun!

Tweet QuoteThe folks at Just Around The Corner have a Turbo Force Hybrid Cleaning System that will clean and seal your tile and grout flooring on the same day! Better yet, within hours, your floors can be ready for regular use again. Penetrating deeply into the porous surfaces of your tile and grout,

Just Around The Corners’ cleaning machine and solution leave your tile and grout truly clean, not just looking clean. They remove buildup and eliminate mildew, fungus, and bacteria. They then put down a sealer that helps your Tile floors and grout continue to resist microbial contamination, leaving you a clean and healthy home. Once your professional tile and grout cleaning is finished, they thoroughly inspect the job, making sure everything is completely how you want it.

So ask yourself, “Do I really want to even read the below ideas to do it myself?”

Our priority is to be helpful to you no matter what you decide to do, so please feel free to read on, knowing that if you decide not to do it yourself, we will be glad to take care of it for you all in one day!

To Do It Yourself

Clean the tile and grout using common household products and a bit of elbow grease, trying the following different methods (If you have colored Tile or Grout, you will need to read the instructions on the below product labels before applying; some may take out color):

  1. Make a paste of baking soda and water, cover the grout lines with the paste, and then spray on a 50% water and vinegar solution. Once the mixture stops foaming, scrub with a brush and rinse with plain water.
    For tougher stains, you may want to use hydrogen peroxide, which is available in most drug stores. You can use the product straight or make a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
  2. If the above methods don’t clean the grout, you can try using oxygen bleach (most often sold in powdered form). Some common brands include OxiClean, Clorox OxiMagic, and Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus. Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions, and make sure the area is well-ventilated. Generally, you will want to let the oxygen bleach solution work for 10 or 15 minutes before rinsing. Always rinse with clean water so that the dirt doesn’t resettle into the grout lines.
  3. And finally, in extreme cases, Chlorine bleach and commercial cleansers like Clorox Clean-Up spray can be used.

As you may gather from the above options, all of this mixing, spraying, waiting, and scrubbing can be very time consuming, not to mention the unpleasant odors and need for ventilation. So why not treat yourself to some very well-deserved time off, while the folks at Just Around The Corner take care of it for you?

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Ceramic Tile or Stone Flooring: Variety and Maintenance

What’s the difference between stone and ceramic tile, you might ask? There are a number of differences, with both categories of flooring offering their own advantages and applications.

Whether it’s ceramic tile or stone flooring, either one will add to the value and beauty of your home. Ceramic tile, however, is the most popular tile choice, a trend largely attributing to its durability and aesthetic variety.

In fact, ceramic tile is the most popular hard-surfaced flooring material, capitalizing on nearly 25% of the market share of all floor covering products – second only to carpet.

Advantages of Ceramic Tile

  • Colors won’t fade or alter from sunlight.
  • If single pieces become damaged, individual tiles can be replaced without disrupting the overall flow of the floor.
  • Resistant to both fire and moisture, making it an excellent flooring option for areas with chemical agents and volatile temperature conditions.
  • Floor maintenance is as easy as sweeping or vacuuming with an occasional wet scrub.
  • As it is able to withstand heavy foot traffic, ceramic tile is highly recommended for busy commercial applications.

Appearance and Aesthetic Variety

Stone and ceramic tile are at opposite ends of the consistency scale. Stone flooring has a look of its own, offering homeowners a timeless floor that harbors natural beauty.

ceramic tile or stone

But while many homeowners may prefer this feature, it is important to note that natural stone will inevitably show flaws and uneven tone as every piece is unique and large pieces will not feature a consistent appearance across the entire surface.

Modern technology has fabricated a seemingly endless amount of ceramic colors, sizes, and styles to choose from. If you’re looking for consistency and uniformity in your flooring appearance, ceramic would be your best tile choice.

Resistance and Maintenance

Ceramic tile flooring that is properly installed and maintained is bound to outlast any other type of tile option. And when topped with a glaze, the floor will last even longer. That additional protective layer will make the ceramic highly resistant to dirt, odors, stains, and scratches.

Although you might suspect that natural stone would be one of the most durable flooring options, this is not necessarily the case. In many ways, ceramic tile and other flooring choices can be in fact more resistant to damage.

Stone can also require more maintenance. In addition to a more laborious installation process, stone floors will also need a sealer applied after installation, on a recurring basis.

Maintenance on ceramic tile is a cinch, as all it takes is a damp mop!

Whether in the home or at your business, ceramic tile is a go-to flooring option. And thanks to its durability and visual appeal, it can be installed both indoors and outdoors.

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