During these blistering summer months in Phoenix, there is some definite tile grout care to be done. It’s the season of pool days and lake days, right? But, summer isn’t always sunshine and boat rides. With more time spent playing in the water, there seems to be more dirt, grime, and water being tracked indoors.
You’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to protect your tile grout and still keep them clean and pristine. Keep reading to learn 7 tile grout care tips for summer.
Prevention Is Key
The more that you can prevent dirt from even hitting your tile floor, the better. The best way to make that happen is to with 2 golden rules:
1. Create a barrier between the outdoors and your floors
2. Take those shoes off before you go inside
Put up your best defenses!
Your best defense, in this case, is a doormat. Doormats are meant to catch all of your dirt so that it isn’t spread throughout your home.
Your first step in this particular defensive measure is to wipe your shoes and get off all of the dirt before you step inside. The second is to have a shoe rack or mudroom set up for taking shoes off before walking on your tile and grout.
You can’t go wrong either way!
Keep Your Floors Dry
Summer is full of swimming pools, splash pads, sprinklers, water balloons, slip n’ slides, lakes and more!
Simply put, summer is a season full of water.
And more often than not, the water that was supposed to stay outside somehow ends up smeared all over your tile floors.
Remember a few weeks ago when it was blazing hot outside and your kids AND dog ran. through the sprinklers to cool down?
A great way to entertain them both, but instead of the water watering your lawn, most of it ended up all over the kitchen floor when they ran inside to grab popsicles.
It may be easy to think that it’s only water and that it will air dry. Which is true. But, water can cause more damage and create more spots and stains.
We don’t want any dirt that may already on the tile floor getting mixed in with the water, creating an extra-special, muddy mixture to clean up! That’s sure to ruin all the summer water-fun.
Think of your tile floor as a mirror.
Would you spray some cleaning solution or water on your mirror and then wait for it to air dry? No way! Spots will cover the whole mirror if you don’t wipe it off. Why is the tile floor any different?
You don’t want the spots and stains so wipe the tile floor clean after you wipe it down with water.
Keeping your floors dry and sopping up any extra water on the tile is the best way to ensure your tile grout stays pristine all summer long!
Clean Up, Clean Up!
Cleaning up messes as soon as they occur, and coming up with a regular cleaning routine, are the best ways to keep your floors spotless this summer. You dropped an ice cube on the ground, or the kiddos dripped popsicle juice on the tile and Spike didn’t lick it up. Now what? It’s all dried up, and gets walked all over.
If your house is anything like mine, then youll know what happens next. Eventually, those lovely little spots will turn black from the natural dirt and grime that comes from foot traffic.
Instead of leaving these messes for later, it’s much better to brave the extra effort right then to clean the messes up, instead of waiting for later and making your tile grout cleaning routine even more annoying!
When you see a mess on your tile floor, save yourself the hassle in the future and clean it up right away. Your tile floor and your future self will thank you.
The longer the spots, stains, and messes stay on your tile, the more they will attract everything under the sun. The bigger the spots will become and then you will have to spend all Saturday afternoon on Tile Grout Care instead of enjoying the fresh summer air!
Steer Clear of The Soaps & Chemicals
It’s easy to think that the more soap you use, the cleaner your tile floor will be.
It’s actually quite the opposite.
Soaps are full of chemicals that leave a thin layer of residue over your tile floor. The more soap you pile on your tile floor, the more residue will accumulate and start to build up on your floor.
The more residue that is on your floor, the easier it is for dirt to attach to it and stick! Think of your floor as a giant sticker that will trap any and all things that come even remotely close to it.
So eliminate that giant sticker you call a floor, by not using soaps in your tile grout cleaning routine.
At this point, you may be wondering what it is that you’re supposed to be using to clean your floors, if you shouldn’t be using soaps or chemicals? Let us tell you:
ZR Water® Is The Solution!
It’s called ZR Water® is the solution to Tile Grout Care and it’s fabulous my friends!
Our ZrWater® is the only water cleaning solution that is enhanced through a patented electrolysis process– oxidized to create a powerful cleaning solution, free from harmful toxins or chemicals.
Simply have a bottle of our patented, electrolyzed ZrWater® on hand for these spring cleaning endeavors. Spray a generous portion to the area you wish to clean, let it soak for a few minutes, and simply use a sponge or hand towel to wipe it off!
When you use store-bought cleaning chemicals to clean and remove stains, they cannot be fully removed from the surface. In fact, these store-bought cleaners actually leave a sticky residue behind on any surface it’s applied to, and in time, that spot will end up attracting more dirt, quicker than before– whether that’s your kitchen counters, your tile floors, or Spike’s hairball stain on the carpet!
Zr Water® is not only safe for the family (and for Spike), but it also gives you the added benefit of a genuine, Residue Free® clean!
Tile Grout Sealant Will Change Your Life
Isn’t it funny how blackened tile grout can change the appearance of an entire house? Shoot, even if you only moved into your home a couple of years ago– if your tile grout is blackened, it makes you feel like your home is a thousand years old!
Grout and tiles are naturally porous. Therefore, dirt and stains are easily trapped in, making the file floor look dirty, old, and downright unattractive!
Unfortunately, traditional mopping and sweeping are simply not enough to appease this. So what can you do?
Well, tile and grout sealing will certainly help keep that porous tile and grout cleaner, longer. To do this, you’ll want to look into regular professional tile and grout cleaning and sealing.
Tile grout sealant protects the tile and grout from natural deterioration, day-to-day wear, and helps to keep your tile cleaner, longer. Sealers typically protect unglazed tiles and grouts from absorbing stains, dirt, grime, mold, mildew, bacteria, etc…
With the proper (and professional) application, the tile and grout sealer should last about a year. 2 years on the areas of your tile that don’t see as much traffic.
Call The Experts
As much as we want to keep our tile floors looking clean and fabulous on our own, there comes a time when it takes a professional to keep our tile looking the best it can.
That is when you give Zerorez® Phoenix a call! Zerorez® Phoenix is here to ensure your tile is in the best shape possible.
We restore your floor’s appearance to “like new” and reduce your cleaning up to 50%! Remember to have your tile and grout sealed afterward for an even longer clean and a fresh start to your summer.
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