What is Grout?
Grout is a thick liquid made up of cement, sand, and water. Grout fills in spaces between objects while providing sturdiness to the structure. It works as a seal between tiles in showers, kitchens, bathrooms and more.
What is Grout Cleaning?
Grout cleaning is a process that is time-consuming when cleaned by hand (vs. machine) but is very important in creating an appealing and clean appearance for the tiles in showers and on floors.
This cleaning process removes the stains from grout accumulated due to water, dirt, and other liquids it has met. Due to its porous nature, grout absorbs fluids. Commonly used in bathrooms and showers, grout regularly encounters water and moisture. This leads to staining and can risk mold or mildew.
How is Grout Cleaned?
Grout is cleaned by hand or with a machine. It is vital to use cleaning agents, such as baking soda or hydrogen peroxide, to clean grout. When done by hand, individuals can use a toothbrush to scrub away the grout. However, a floor scrubber machine cleans grout more effectively than if done by hand.
Why is Grout Cleaning Important?
Grout cleaning is essential because the grout between tiles wears down and causes damage to the structure. Since grout is a porous substance, it accumulates dirt, water, and other liquids, such as shampoos and cleaning products. This causes the grout to change color and become dirty.
Cleaning the grout between tiles improves the entire appearance of the structure while resulting in a cleaner and more sanitary space.
Cleaning the grout between the tiles of a shower or a floor can be a tedious and laborious process, especially if done by hand. Professional grout cleaning with the proper machines and equipment ensures that the seal is completely clean and free of any extraneous dirt.
Many janitorial companies now offer grout cleaning as part of their services. Although businesses may not have showers on the premises, excluding surgery centers, most likely they have tiles located on the walls and floors of other rooms (i.e., most bathrooms have tiles on the floors and walls). It is fundamental for facilities to present a hygienic and inviting workspace. This includes maintaining and cleaning the bathroom and other rooms where grout is present between tiles.
After cleaning the grout between the shower or floor tiles, it is critical to maintain that upkeep.
Scrubbing the grout between the shower tiles once or twice every week is a preventative measure against buildup. A mixture of water and baking soda paste is a practical, simple way to clean the grout.
However, if the grout between the shower tiles appears extremely stained, clean the tiles with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste. As always, remember not to mix certain cleaning supplies, such as vinegar and hydrogen peroxide as the combination creates a peracetic acid, which can irritate various parts of the body. For a list of more cleaning products that should never be mixed, check out this simple guide.
Grout between tiles requires replacing if the tiles are falling off and if the grout is breaking and flaking off. Grout that is older requires replacement as soon as possible as the wall behind the tiles and grout of the shower could suffer damage.
Grout Cleaning Services We Offer
Total Maintenance Services offers commercial grout cleaning services throughout New Jersey. Once we visit your facility and see the work required, we create a custom scope of work and utilize a machine to clean your space quickly and effectively. Contact us to request a quote for grout cleaning.