GROUT CLEANING SERVICES
In the years I’ve been involved in the commercial cleaning business, a common concern we run into with our clients is… “why is the grout of my tile floors now black?” Unfortunately for us, the customer usually looks to their cleaning service as the reason why their grout isn’t the original color. Ironically, it actually is the mopping of tile floors which causes the darkening of grout. So by mopping the darkening of the grout is actually accelerated. You see, the edges of the tile actually work as a squeegee on the mop head, causing dirty water to pool (ever so slightly) in the grout lines each time it is mopped. However, there are also other things to consider regarding the removal of dirt and grime from grout lines between your tile. The during my years I’ve learned together with our clients some credible and relevant things to do. And there are few things quite as satisfying visually as clean grout lines.
GROUT LINES MUST BE SEALED
Let me start, with the construction industry. As we are aware, there is warranty coverage for windows, A/C units, PC Desktops, etc. Floor installers should provide warranty coverages for the sealants they apply on the floor grout. If the grout has not initially been sealed, then the dirty grout lines will happen faster than to grout that has been sealed. So make sure the grout gets sealed.
EVEN SEALED GROUT NEEDS TO BE DEEP CLEANED OCCASIONALLY
Just as we “deep clean” carpet usually at least once a year, deep cleaning services are needed for tile floors and also the grout lines. There are various methods by which to clean grout lines, some of those are:
1. Steam Cleaning
2. Commercial-Grade Chemicals with a rotary floor machines and brushes
3. Pressure washing
THE NEED FOR GROUT CLEANING CAN BE REDUCED WITH CORRECT CLEANING PRACTICES LIKE MICROFIBER
But let’s go back to some daily maintenance tips. Believe it or not, the cleaning industry has actually investigated and done research on the cleaning tools we utilize. And their findings have revolutionized our industry as well as the cleaning techniques that take place in our own homes. Let’s take for instance the evolution of microfiber technology. As you can see by the simple illustration comparison between the traditional cotton fiber mop heads and the microfiber technology
We know that the microfiber does a better job of absorbing and retaining the dirt. Hence, I highly recommend the use of this technology. Another tool, is a dirty water dual mop bucket system. Separating dirty water from the clean one, instead of mixing them both, is a no brainer, right?
And finally, if the technique is to utilize the traditional mopping system (cotton mop and single bucket), monitoring the conditions of the head and changing the water solution as needed, will definitely help to prolong the cleanliness of the grout. But this is the least-desirable practice, and your cleaning company really should only be using this for some extenuating circumstance. SIDE TIP, drop a penny into the mop bucket, when you can’t see it, it’s time to change the water!
SO AT LEAST
So next time your looking at some dirty grout lines, you will know some of the history behind how it got there. So long as their is grout, it will get dirty.