Bathroom Tile Cleaning
Is your bathroom tile a little less than perfect? If this is the case, you might be considering having your tile professionally cleaned. After all, who wants to get down with the toothbrush and scrub their tile and grout. But, before you jump into tile and grout cleaning in your bathroom here is some information that you should know.
1. How do you know if you need to have your tile professionally cleaned?
In most cases, you will know it. When your tile and grout no longer responds to cleaning with a mop, it might be time. Professional cleaning is a very aggressive cleaning though so before having it professionally cleaned you might try to freshen it yourself. Mix a solution of white vinegar and water and apply it to the grout lines of your ceramic tile. Let it dwell for a few minutes and then mop it up. If you have a grout brush, you can lightly scrub the grout lines before mopping. If this fails to clean your grout and tile to your satisfaction, call a professional.
2. Do you have other areas to clean?
Most carpet cleaners have a minimum charge for tile and grout cleaning. Your bathroom may or may not meet this minimum. To get the most for your money, you should consider having other tile areas in your home cleaned at the same time.
3. What is the proper way to clean bath tile?
The proper way to clean bathroom tile, or any tile for that matter, is with a truck mounted cleaning machine. Tile and grout cleaning requires pressure. Pressure that can only be generated by a gas powered water pump. And this high pressure also means that there will be lots of water and you need a high powered vacuum to be able to remove this water.
When cleaning your tile, your carpet cleaner will apply a pre-spray to the floor. They will then either manually or mechanically agitate the grout lines. Next, they will rinse and extract this solution with a tool that is basically a self contained pressure washer. The water pressure will be in the range of 600 to 1000 pounds per square inch. Your floor will then be allowed to dry. It can take up to 24 hours for grout lines to completely dry.
4. How do you protect your clean bathroom tile?
Following a professional cleaning, you should have the grout lines sealed or should seal them yourself. Grout is very porous and if it is not sealed, will soil again very quickly. If you decide to do it yourself, give the tile 24 hours to dry before applying a sealant.