Tile and grout cleaning is a time-consuming task and involves a lot of effort. No wonder many homeowners hire a professional for the job. A floor cleaning professional uses specialized tile and grout cleaning tools designed to help access difficult-to-reach areas and complete tasks efficiently. They have an eye for detail and can spot the subtle signs of floor problems.
Floor cleaning professionals use the following methods to clean tile and grout.
➢ Pre-treatment: The floor is pretreated to loosen accumulated dust. This prepares the surface for cleaning
➢ Vacuuming: Over time, dust and dirt accumulate on the surfaces of floors. To get rid of dirt and dust particles sitting on the surfaces of floors, professionals vacuum them. Vacuuming loosens up and removes dirt. Many pros use super powerful vacuum cleaners that remove the tiniest dirt particles from floors
➢ Steam Cleaning: Steam cleaning removes stubborn dirt and stains. Floor cleaning professionals use state-of-the-art systems that leverage heat instead of harmful chemicals to break up and extract years of accumulated dirt. The process also eliminates pet odors, germs, viruses, molds and allergens. Depending on the condition of your floor, a floor cleaning professional may use a mechanical scrubber to remove embedded dirt. Professionals start in a small area and gradually work around the creases of tiles. This is a great way to ensure that all of the dirt between cracks is removed
➢ Drying: After cleaning tile floors, floor cleaning professionals dry them. Some pros use towels to dry wet floors, while others rely on a squeegee, string mop or dry mop
Steps You Can Take to Maintain Your Floors
Many homeowners believe that their contractors are solely responsible for maintaining their floors. They do not care for their tile floors between professional floor cleanings. As a result, dirt accumulates on their floors. Dirt and dust can lead to discoloration and cause scratches.
You are as much responsible for maintaining your floor in good condition as your contractor. Regular floor maintenance prevents problems before they occur. A well-maintained tile floor lasts longer. It improves the home’s aesthetic appeal, bringing the wow factor to it.
Here are some things you can do to maintain your tile floor:
➢ Create an everyday tile and grout cleaning routine and stick to it. Make a habit of running a squeegee on your bathroom tiles after a bath. Clean tiles with a mild cleaning solution – four parts water to one part vinegar
➢ Deep clean bathroom tiles with a water and baking soda paste once a week