Protect [Don’t Neglect] Your Grout!
Of course, it is what we do best, we are here to help take care of your grout for you! It does however assist us to educate our clients on what is and isn’t true about what they can do to help between our visits.
Myth 1: Cleaning tiles and grout is as easy as letting them soak in warm, soapy water.
Leaving tiles and grout soaking in water (clean or otherwise) can result in long-term damage, leading to costly repairs. Unlike the pasta bake dish you leave in the sink overnight; your tiles and grout are porous and more fragile than you might think.
Leaving them wet for an extended period leaves them subject to the dirt and grime that accumulates on the dried soap residue that eventually occurs, making tiles and grout feel and look grubby.
A handy tip is to try and remember to dry down or remove excess water from tiles and grout with a squeegee or window wiper after every use – this helps to combat the inevitable wear and tear they are subject to.
Myth 2: Bleach and hard scrubbing is the best way to remove tough stains and keep your tiles and grout clean.
Chlorine bleach disinfects removes stains and whitens surfaces. For most items in your home, this is great – however overuse in your bathroom quickly deteriorates tile and grout over time. Using strong bleach weakens grout, turning it brittle so it starts to fall apart, and it can also damage/turn matte the glossy finish on low-medium quality tiles.
Plus, whilst you may make a dent in the dirt if you really put your back into it, rough, vigorous scrubbing can remove more grout than grime! You also need to use the right tools – stiff, coarse or wire brushes wear away and dislodge perfectly good grout and scratch the top of tiles, leaving more grooves for dirt to live and thrive in!
Keep it simple! A standard bathroom tile cleaner works perfectly (and there are loads of natural remedies around that are fantastic!). Most of them work by you spraying it on, leaving for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off before drying down the area. Doing this a couple of times a week is enough to keep your tiles and grout looking clean and fresh.
Myth 3: Grout and tiles in your home or workplace do not need much care or maintenance at all.
Just like most other aspects of your home, grout and tiles do require cleaning and upkeep, and in fact, possibly more so than your carpets that you may get cleaned once a year, or your lawn that you water twice a week! It is why having a simple cleaning regime is important so that you aren’t using harsh chemicals and too much force, unknowingly damaging your grout further.
It is also why we suggest thoroughly checking over any tiled surfaces, especially in the bathroom, every couple of months to ensure that no cracks or damage in tiles or grout are missed as they cause nasty leaks and costly water damage if left alone and unchecked. Then – you have us, The Grout Guy! When you need professional, friendly, cost-effective help and advice with your grout, we are here to help!
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