In Between Tile Cleanings
February 5, 2015
Getting my ceramic tile floors cleaned is an interesting experience for me. My tile never really looks all that dirty to me until one day I look down and wince and wonder how long our family has been living on such dirty floors. But even then I don’t truly appreciate the level of filth I have sunk to until the professionals come out. The before and after contrast is always drastic and a bit disconcerting.
Working at Aaron’s Quality Cleaners earns me the perk of an occasional cleaning of my choice. That means I actually know the technician who comes out to clean…like personally. This in turn means I get to feel the full embarrassment of having my dirty floors exposed not just to someone I know, but to someone who knows about clean floors. I comfort myself with the knowledge that at least they’ve seen the worst of the worst and little old me and my grimy floors are no big deal to them.
And, of course, the feel of those clean tiles beneath my feet makes every red blush worth it. I slide loving over its new, smooth surface and love seeing the grout in its original color, without the areas of dark that tend to build up over time. For a few days I become crazy-mom, making the kids take of their shoes and running behind them with paper towels. But eventually life sets in again. Spills happen and dirt gets walked into the grooves. Cooking disasters and messy crafts leave their mark and my beautiful tile begins to build up gunk again.
Don’t get me wrong. I clean my tile. Okay, maybe I don’t really clean my tile often enough, but when I do clean I do a great job. The problem is that I’m not really sure how to clean my tile between professional cleans. It seems that no matter what I do, the grout gets dirty and the grime still builds up. Another perk about working for a floor cleaner is that he has a lot of good suggestions when I bring him these dilemmas.
Unfortunately, it seems there is no substitute for that professional clean. However I’ve gleaned 4 pieces of information that I will pass on to all ceramic tile floor owners of the world.
1. Don’t use anything too acidic on your tile or it may break down the grout sealer, allowing stains and discolorations in.
2. Don’t use bleach or ammonia as it may discolor the grout over time.
3. Don’t use anything too soapy on your tile. Residue is the issue here. We don’t want that grimy build-up.
4. The best product is labeled “tile and grout cleaner” and can be found at most home centers. Saturate the floor with the cleaning solution and hot water and allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Scrub and rinse well.
I find this information very helpful and I hope it helps you too as you strive to keep that tile and grout clean despite the best efforts of your family members. Remember that everyone has to get their tile professionally cleaned at some point if they are to stay ahead of the game. Here are a few true before and after pictures of tile Aaron’s Quality Cleaners has saved!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.