Tile and Grout Maintenance Tips!
- First clean the grout with water to remove loose surface debris and allow to dry.
- Don’t use bleach on colored grout, bleach will discolor the grout.
- Use a nylon brush for cleaning, metal bristles will scratch the grout and the tile. Toothbrushes are OK but the bristles are generally too soft.
- Don’t clean granite with household cleaners.
- Use protective gloves, and safety glasses when working with any chemical-based grout cleaner.
- Always test on a small area not easily visible to traffic.
- Don’t mix cleaners together.
- The factory recommendation is to have your grout professionally cleaned every 12-24 months.
General cleaners not specifically formulated for natural stone or tile are never recommended. These can breakdown the sealer, thereby removing its protective properties and making the stone and tile grout susceptible to stains. Worse yet, many cleaning products, including those that contain lemon, vinegar, bleach or ammonia can etch away the polish, discolor the surface, or even scratch your stone. Many cleaners have what is called a chelating agent in them. This agent breaks down and dissolves minerals in hard water. Since all stone is made up of minerals, these types of cleaners will dissolve and cause streaks over prolonged use.