Tile Grout Cleaning, Port St Lucie Grout Cleaning.
Ceramic tiles have remarkable qualities that make them ideal for residential flooring and wall applications. Tile grout, a necessary element in any tile installation, unfortunately prove less than ideal in residential applications. Most ceramic tile installations done today by residential tile contractors use cementitious grout. All cementitious grouts are porous and subject to staining. That’s why manufacturers and installers recommend sealing grout after it has cured for a couple of days and is completely dry.
Types of cementitious grout for ceramic tile.
There are three basic types of cement based grout for ceramic tile: Unsanded, Fine sanded and Quarry type.
- Unsanded grout: Used for wall tiles where the grout joint is less than 1/8″ wide.
- Finely Sanded grout: Used for floor tiles where the joints are 1/8″ to 3/8″ wide.
- Quarry-type grout: Similar to finely sanded grout for ceramic tiles except that a coarser grade of sand is used. The quarry-type grout for ceramic tile is used for joints that are 3/8″ wide to 1/2″ wide such as those used with Saltillo tiles.
Epoxy grouts are less porous and much less subject to staining, but hard to work with and extremely expensive. Made up of two parts, resin and hardener, epoxy grout comes in both sanded and unsanded varieties and is impervious to most chemicals and stains. Epoxy grout for ceramic tile consists of an epoxy resin and hardener. Epoxy grout is highly resistant to stains and chemicals and has a tremendous bonding strength, making it ideal for countertops and other areas susceptible to stains.
Ceramic Tile Grout Cleaning.
If you routinely mop your tile floor with a mild solution of soap and warm water weekly, grout cleaning sessions need be few and far between. Additionally, if you also sealed the grout, then those grout cleaning sessions should become a non-necessity.
But, when you think it a necessity, the least abrasive cleaning material is baking soda and water mixed together as a paste and applied with a tooth brush. Spread the paste over the grout and scrub. Rinse the grout with water when finished.
The methods below describe how to clean grout in tile that is not natural stone. Do not scrub natural stone with a stiff brush as you risk scratching the stone. With natural stone, try the method below using a cotton cloth rather than a stiff brush, or purchasing a commercial stone cleaner, follow the instructions and test your work in an inconspicuous spot to ensure the stone cleaner won’t harm your tile or grout.
Cementitious Tile Grouts Cleaning.
Sanded grout is actually less dense than unsanded and anything you use to clean sanded grout will completely saturate into the grout. Depending on the color of the grout, either a bleach solution or a vinegar solution combined with hard scrubbing is a safe procedure to clean cement based grouts.
You can use bleach on sanded white grout. Scrub the grout lines with a bleach/water ratio of 1/10 and a stiff brush. Spray or dab the solution onto the stain and let it sit for several minutes and then scrub with a stiff brush. Then rinse with clean water and repeat as necessary.
For non-white grout, use white vinegar rather than bleach. You can use straight white vinegar or start with a 50/50 ratio of white vinegar and water solution, spray or dab it onto the area, let it sit, scrub, then rinse. If the starting solution isn’t strong enough simply add additional vinegar. Scrubbing with vinegar shouldn’t harm your tile or grout at all.
Unsanded grout, because it is more dense, is less apt to let stains saturate beyond the initial top layer of the grout. Using the above method should work well.
That’s it. This method should take care of most stains and discolorations in your grout. Some commercial cleaners will eventually compromise the integrity of cementitious grout. The solutions above will not. Stains do not come out of cement-based products easily. Sometimes, you will not be able to remove a stain from the grout.
If hand scrubbing does not remove your stain or discoloration to your satisfaction you may be better off just replacing the grout.
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