When it comes to floor tiles, the tiles themselves are the main event. That is, they cover the majority of the floor space. However, Floor Coverings International Ottawa East has a handy little secret for readers: to keep your tile floors sparkling, whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, you can’t forget the grout!

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Grout is basically the adhesive material that connects your tiles. It requires special care to keep it clean. You may have guessed that we take flooring seriously, and that includes the cleanliness of the glue holding floor tiles together! Today, we explore the process of cleaning and maintaining grout so that you can enjoy more vibrant tile floors in your Ottawa home.

Potential Problems

For kitchen tile floors, various food stains and spills are probably what’s dirtying the grout. For bathroom flooring, mold, mildew, and soap scum can make their way into the grout and darken it. Grout is porous, so it can become dirty quickly. If you’ve had new tile floors recently installed, we recommend you apply a grout sealer. This is a simple way to protect from mildew in particular.

The Big Scrub

When you begin cleaning your grout, scrub off surface particles and other grime with a cloth and hot water. Next, add a mild grout-cleaning solution, letting it stand for several minutes. This is an important step as it loosens yucky layers of grease and grime. Set your timer and wait it out! After you’ve let the solution do its thing, the time has come to officially scrub your grout. A toothbrush works well for this step, and there’s no shortcut around a big, thorough scrub.

If certain sections of the grout are presenting too heavy a challenge, carefully apply sandpaper across these sections. Even a clean pencil eraser can work! Just be careful not to scratch or rub the tiles themselves during this process. Once you have given the grout a thorough scrubbing, rinse everything in hot water and dry it all up with cloths or soft paper towels. Let the grout dry for up to twenty-four hours before sealing it to prevent future dirt and stains.

Get Started in Floor Coverings International Ottawa East Today!

Some grout is just too stubborn to handle. That’s okay! We offer free in-home consultations for all of your flooring needs. We are proud to provide and install top-quality floors for homeowners in Ottawa, Orleans, and surrounding areas.

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