While you may feel that regular mopping is sufficient to keep your tile surfaces stain-free and clean, you are forgetting one important thing: the grout between your tiles. The appearance and condition of your grout affects the appearance of your entire tile floor, so it needs special attention. Learn some simple grout cleaning methods that will compliment your tile cleaning.
Raid Your Kitchen For Supplies
One of the simplest ways to clean the grout in your tile floors is by using regular household items you likely already have stocked in your kitchen. The next time you're going to do some tile cleaning, head to the kitchen and grab yourself some baking soda and/or white vinegar.
If you do not notice a great deal of staining or dirt embedded in your grout, go ahead and start by mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the grout and then use a brush or sponge to scrub your grout. For minor stains and general wear-and tear this will be sufficient.
However, if you have had your tile floors for a while and never cleaned the grout, you will need to add baking soda to the regimen. Mix baking soda and water into a paste and rub the paste into the grout. Lightly spray your pre-mixed vinegar solution on top of that. When the bubbling or foaming reaction begins, scrub the grout firmly to remove stains and dirt.
Try Steam Cleaning
If you would rather not get down on your hands and knees to scrub all of the grout (especially if you have many, extensive tile floors), you may want to try using a steam cleaner on your floors instead. Steam cleaners are safe for use on tile floors and are powerful enough to not only clean your stone tiles, but also to clean the grout in between them.
If you prefer to remain environmentally friendly, you can use vinegar rather than a soap solution in the steam cleaner to effectively remove stains and dirt from your tile floors and grout. However, you can also use the cleaning solutions that come with the steam cleaner to effectively clean your floors.
Avoid Bleach As Much As Possible
If your grout is extremely stained, you may be tempted to just throw some bleach on the problem. After all, bleach is a powerful stain remover. However, bleach is very caustic and can actually damage the integrity of your grout.
If you must use bleach, dilute it and only do so in extreme circumstances. Repeated use will lead to grout deterioration that will require replacement.