Dirty Tile Grout, How To Prevent It

Whenever I’m out giving estimates for tile great cleaning, I sometimes come across having to answer my customer the following question: “how often should I get my tile grout cleaned?”  Honestly, it’s hard to say how often one should get their tile grout cleaned.  There are few key causes for tile grout to get dirty.  It doesn’t matter how good the tile grout cleaner does his/her job, the life expectancy of a clean grout comes down to the routine cleaning practice of the customer.

I recently visited a household to provide a tile cleaning estimate.  The couple had their tiles custom installed a little over 12 years ago.  Since that time, they have yet to get their tile grout cleaned.  During that time, they raised three very active kids and a couple of dogs.  The tile grout was only slightly dirty and nowhere near the black color (from the dirt) that is commonly seen by our technicians.  Since this was fantastic to see, I asked our new clients their cleaning method.  Their response  was exactly like the advice that I give to all of my tile customers:

1) Do a good vacuuming or sweeping to ensure you get as much loose sand/dirt up before mopping.

2) Use less detergent in the mop water.  Too much detergent in the mop water can leave behind a residue that can attract more dirt.  This can cause the need to mop more often than should.

3)Try cutting down the use of detergent to once a month.  I know this seems crazy, but rinse mopping once a week can make a huge positive difference in the home.

4) DO NOT LET THE WATER GET CLOUDY!  The cloudy mop water is the true cause of the grout to turn black.  Changing the water more often can and will keep your tile looking new longer.

I’ve come across many other customers who mops their tiles this way.  No gadgets or hyped up cleaning methods, just staying simple with their cleaning methods. Their grout looks new after over a decade since it was last cleaned or installed.  People who uses excessive detergent or getting into hyped cleaning methods, tend to be looking at having their tile grout cleaned within 3 to 5 years.

So if you want to keep a clean and healthy home without breaking the piggy bank, try this cleaning tip for awhile and tell me what you think.

Feel free to contact us anytime for any comments, questions, or advice.

Author: M. Don Snyder

Don is InstaDry's resident carpet cleaning guru. Years of experience allows him to hunt down and destroy dirt, traffic wear, spots and stains. He's never backed down from a carpet cleaning challenge, just try him....we dare you

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