Tiled areas need to be cleaned, and that involves grout cleaning. Areas prone to water exposure are notorious for being hard to clean due to the build up of green and black mold.
While we can’t do the hard work for you (and it is hard work), we can give you some tips to help you break down that junk, speed up your job, and offer presentable results almost every time.
Tip 1: Use Peroxide based cleaners
Some people like to use bleach on mildewy grout, however the poisonous chlorine off-gassing and the similar results achieved to peroxide might make you reconsider. We highly recommend that you expend the extra money to switch from bleach to peroxide, your clients will thank you. Your lungs and coworkers will thank you too.
Tip 2: Use a scrub brush
Think of grout like cleaning between your teeth. You wouldn’t use a rag or a sponge to clean your teeth, you need the power of a brush to really reach down in between the tiles.
Tip 3: Combine your peroxide cleaner with baking soda
Making a paste with these two ingredients can help rip through your toughest stains, by combining the power of both cleaners as well as the abrasion effects of the powder. Best of all, it’s non chlorine generally environmentally friendly.
Tip 4: Rinse your cleaning area frequently
Frequent rinsing after treatments will help reveal which areas need more work, and when to move on. It will also help prevent dirt from redepositing onto your treatment area.
Tip 5: Steam cleaning power
At times no amount of scrubbing, chemicals, and rinsing will yield the results you are looking for. Sometimes the grout has gone untended for so long that you need extra energy applied from a steam cleaning device. Depending on the size of the job, you can opt for a personal sized device for less than $300, or rent/buy/hire a professional unit to cover large areas.
Some units do not have a chemical application unit, so you would want to treat the grout first with the previous steps.
Tip 6: Damp mopping
After your treatments and rinses, do a once-over with your damp mop to clean up any residuals or over-sprays from scrubbing. This is a professional touch that most clients will appreciate.
Tip 7: Floor sealing
For clients who are interested in long-term prevention, a proper tile floor sealer will prevent any dirt, debris, mildew and mold accumulation for a much longer period of time. Not only that, future cleanings will be faster and easier, saving them money. It’s an option worth considering!