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4 Techniques to Simplify Grout Cleaning

Tiles and grout are generally located in some of the most high-traffic areas of a home, making them both susceptible to immense amounts of dirt. Although tiles are a popular choice within the home due to the ease of cleaning, sometimes the biggest difference between sparkling tiles and dirty ones is the grout in between. Grout can quickly become dirty as it is a very porous material, acting similarly to a sponge and soaking up any spills, grease, grime, or oils it is exposed to.

Regular grout cleaning can help combat these stains and have your flooring looking as if it were freshly laid. To help you get on top of your grout cleaning, we thought we’d share a few fail-proof strategies to help you have your floors shining again in no time!

What is Grout?

Grout is a form of dense fluid used to fill gaps like those between tiles, or it can be used to reinforce existing structures. Most grouts are generally made up of a mixture of water, cement, sand, and colourant. The colour of the grout is completely customisable to ensure it matches the tiles chosen for your home. Grout helps protect tiles by filling in the gaps as this prevents tiles from being exposed to dirt and grease that may become trapped underneath them. By preventing anything from getting underneath the tiles helps strengthen the tiles to complete the installation and prolong their overall lifespan.

The Importance of Grout Cleaning

Grout cleaning needs to be completed on a regular basis because dirt and grime can build up easily and quickly in these specific areas. Without frequent grout cleaning, grout can begin to discolour making it seem way darker than its original colour and changing the entire appearance of your home. Poorly maintained grout doesn’t only look terrible in and around your home, but it can also cause negative health impacts on those who live there as bacteria can begin to grow on the grout.

When researching the best way to help clean your grout you’ll be faced with many different techniques but it’s imperative to be sure you know how to clean the grout correctly, so no damage is done. If you’re unsure of how to complete the grout cleaning without damaging your grout or tiles, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Using the incorrect chemicals or too many rough abrasions from scrubbing can wreck your grout and leave you with a bigger mess than what you started with.

Grout Cleaning Techniques

  1. Plain Warm Water and a Stiff-Bristle Brush

When it comes to grout cleaning the safest option is always starting off with the weakest solution first because in any case the less chemicals you use the better. If you clean your grout regularly you may simply be able to use plain warm water and a stiff-bristle brush to help restore your grout. This technique is simple, you just have to spray or pour a small amount of warm water onto the grout and then scrub softly in circular motions to clean it then let it dry.

  1. Vinegar and Warm Water Solution

If plain water and soft scrubbing aren’t working, you can add equal parts vinegar and hot water for a slightly stronger solution. Vinegar is a cupboard staple in most houses so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get your hands on. Instead of spraying it on and scrubbing it immediately, these solutions need to be applied and then left to sit for about five minutes. After it has rested, you can then begin scrubbing the area in gentle, circular motions.

  1. Baking Soda Paste Sprayed with Vinegar

Are you still struggling to remove tough stains? Don’t worry, there’s still one more solution you can try that doesn’t require you to handle strong chemicals. The first step is to create a baking soda paste with water and then apply this paste to your grout. This step will be followed by spraying the paste with the vinegar solution we discussed in the previous step. This mixture will cause the solutions to begin foaming but once it stops it’s time to begin scrubbing the grout softly. Once you’ve finished scrubbing it’s important to rinse the grout off with plain water to remove any remnants of the mixture.

  1. Employ Professional Help

The easiest way to guarantee beautiful grout every time is by enlisting professional help. The most obvious issue you may encounter when attempting to clean grout yourself is that it is an extremely time-consuming process, no matter what area you are working with. Scrubbing entire areas, such as a shower or splashback, with a tiny brush, can take hours to complete, let alone scrubbing an entire tiles bathroom or kitchen.

In some cases, you may also get carried away with trying to scrub out stains and cause damage to the grout. If grout is worn away to due harsh scrubbing this can cause immense damage to your tiles as water can seep in underneath them. This can cause them to begin breaking or the subfloor or wall they are situated on to become compromised.

To simplify your entire grout cleaning process, reach out to our experts here at South QLD Restoration. We have the correct cleaning tools and access to effective cleaning solutions to have your grout looking brand new in no time, without any damage. Many people often assume professional grout cleaning services are off the cards due to cost but they’re actually more affordable than you’d assume.

With years of experience in grout cleaning combined with our heavy-duty equipment, we can guarantee we can have your tiles looking brand new. Contact our team today to arrange a quote.  

Tile Cleaning Heritage Park | South Queensland Restorations

Tile Cleaning Heritage Park

Creating an outdoor space with tiles can add value to any area and transform it from an average area to an extraordinary entertainment space! However, home owners have to realise that outside tiles, like any part of the household, have to be regularly cleaned. If homeowners don’t do this, then the tiles can decay and lose their colour which leaves your outdoor area not looking its best!

South Queensland Restorations was recently called to an outdoor tile cleaning project for a property in Heritage Park. The tiles were stained and had suffered a bit of discolouration as a result of being outside in fluctuating weather conditions.

The image below shows the left and right-hand sides of the tiles before and after they had been cleaned. The left-hand side shows the dirty side of the tiles and the right-hand side shows the tiles after being cleaned by South QLD.

Tile Cleaning Heritage Park

To transform these tiles, South QLD first pre sprayed the tiles with their own special tile cleaning solution. Then, using a high-pressure tile cleaner attached to a truckmount, South QLD cleaned the tiles. If you’re wondering what the the high-pressure tile cleaner does, it extracts all the grime, dirt and grease off the tiles and leaves them looking brand new!

 

Tile Cleaning Heritage Park

If you are ever in need for some outdoor tile cleaning give South Queensland Restorations a call! We have all the equipment needed for an outdoor tile cleaning project! Our team services Brisbane and Gold Coast cities and their surrounding suburbs from the Sunshine Coast to Tweed Heads.

South Queensland Restorations also offers a wide range of other services such as mould removal, carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and upholstery cleaning.

Enquire online or call either 1300 762 021 or 0400 716 182, to find out more about our tile cleaning services or other services.

Mould Removal Runaway Bay | South Queensland Restorations

Mould Removal Runaway Bay

We spend a lot of our time in bathrooms and keeping them clean is important for our personal hygiene. A common issue that can occur in bathrooms is the build up of mould in the grout. Mould often spreads in areas that are hard to get to, and it can easily stain! South Queensland Restorations advise that individuals stop the mould spreading by cleaning it as soon as they are aware of the mould existing. South Queensland Restorations can make the mould removal process straightforward and stress-free as we have all right products and equipment to make your bathroom look and feel brand new!

Mould Removal Runaway Bay

South Queensland Restorations was recently called to a project in Runaway Bay where a bathroom had suffered a mould outbreak.

Below is a video created by South QLD outlining how they clean mould caught in the grout in bathrooms:

Listed below are the bathroom mould removal steps in more detail:

South QLD first sprays the grout (not the tiles) with their own special acid solution and lets it work into the stains. They then scrub the acid solution into the grout with a broom. Lastly, South QLD rinses the tiles with water and allows it to dry. This job took 30 minutes but the time it takes to clean the grout, does depend on how large the area is.

Mould Removal Runaway Bay

If you are ever in need for mould to be removed from your bathroom call South Queensland Restorations. We have all the equipment needed for removing mould of any size in any area, and we use our own special acid solution to get rid of unwanted mould build up. Our team services Brisbane and Gold Coast cities and their surrounding suburbs from the Sunshine Coast to Tweed Heads.

South Queensland Restorations also offers a wide range of other services such as tile cleaningcarpet cleaning, water damage restoration and upholstery cleaning.

Enquire online or call either 1300 762 021 or 0400 716 182, to find out more about our mould removal services or other services.

Tile Cleaning Logan Village | South Queensland Restorations

Tile Cleaning Logan Village

Tiles are a popular type of flooring in Australia and especially in Brisbane as they are versatile, hard wearing, low maintenance, easy to clean and are energy efficient as tiles adapt to the air temperature of a room which can assist in lowering cooling or heating costs.

Even though tiles are a very manageable type of floor, they can be susceptible to grout build up in the cracks between the tiles, however cleaning tiles is a very straightforward process and South Queensland Restorations have all the right products and equipment to make your tiles look and feel brand new!

South Queensland Restorations was recently called to a tile cleaning project in Logan Village where the tiles were overridden with grout.   

The image below shows what the tiles resembled before South QLD cleaned them:

 

Tile Cleaning Logan Village

 

South QLD has a foolproof process to remove grout from tiles. First South QLD inspects the tiles and the grout type to confirm the condition of the grout and the tile type, and then test an area of the tile with their acidic solution to verify if the solution works. If the test is successful, then South QLD pre-spray the whole area with their acidic solution and then utilise a specialised rotary scrubber to clean the grout from in between the tiles. This project in Logan Village took South QLD 2 hours to complete, however, the length of cleaning tiles varies depending on the size of each project.

The images below shows what the tiles resembled after South QLD cleaned them:

 

Tile Cleaning Logan Village

Tile Cleaning Logan Village

 

If you are ever in need for your tiles to be cleaned call South Queensland Restorations. We have all the equipment needed for an amazing tile clean, and we use our own special solution to produce outstanding results! Our team services Brisbane and Gold Coast cities, and their surrounding suburbs from the Sunshine Coast to Tweed Heads.

South Queensland Restorations also offers a wide range of other services such as mould removal, carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and upholstery cleaning.

Enquire online or call either  1300 762 021 or 0400 716 182, to find out more about our tile cleaning services or other services.