Maintaining Your Tile Grout

by Lawton Brothers | Nov 01, 2022

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We can’t live without grout lines; they’re on our floors, backsplashes, and counters everywhere we go. Over time, all grout develops stubborn stains that can seem impossible to get rid of. In a matter of weeks or months (depending on your cleaning and maintenance program), your grout will accumulate dirt and debris that can decrease both the traction of your flooring and its lifespan. 

Fortunately, with some simple maintenance and precautionary measures, you can prevent this and present a welcoming and safe environment for employees and customers alike. 

Focused Cleaning – Dirty Grout Lines

Grout is a porous material, meaning it absorbs liquids easily. If spills are not cleaned up quickly, they can develop mold and other forms of harmful bacteria. When it comes to large-scale undertakings, it may be best to hire a professional company to ensure the bacteria is removed and eliminated safely and efficiently. 

For small stains or small areas of grouted tile, you can tackle this singlehandedly. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water and apply it to the area for at least 5 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Next, use baking soda and a small amount of water to create a thick paste. Apply and scrub away grout stains with a toothbrush or grout brush. As you scrub, spray some vinegar water solution onto tough stains. This will cause small bubbles to form – rinse with warm water. 

You can also opt for a professional-grade grout cleaner or commercial mold prevention solution. Explore our catalog of products here

Daily Maintenance

Once you’ve properly cleaned stubborn stains, it’s important to implement a daily maintenance routine to ensure it looks dazzling for a long time to come. On a daily basis, wipe down and disinfect any grouted tile (with an appropriate surface cleaner). In areas susceptible to moisture, spray grout with vinegar one to three times per week to reduce the risk of bacteria growth. Clean any spills as soon as they happen – regardless of the type of liquid or its color, it can accrue mold and ruin your grout. 

Commercial Floor Sealing

Sealing is a great way to protect your tile grout from both dirt and damage. To determine whether your grout needs resealing, test how quickly it absorbs water. The faster the water is absorbed, the more your flooring needs protection.

While you can purchase a commercial grout sealant, it is recommended to have this service performed by a professional with the proper equipment and training. Mistakes can end in even dirtier-looking grout or tile replacements being needed. 

Got Grout?

Does your facility have grout? In all likelihood, it does! When is the last time that you thoroughly cleaned and assessed the permeability of your grout? Do you have the right cleaning products for regular maintenance of your grout? Have no fear; with over 75 years of experience in the janitorial industry, we know a thing or two about cleaning. Give Lawton Bros a call today and let us walk you through our catalog of products and range of services. Or, ask us about a free cleaning audit, at: 800.432.0813.

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