How To Care For Tile and Grout Floors in SW Florida

Do you have a faint odor in your home that you can’t pinpoint?  Do you use a shampoo bottle to hide a mildewy corner of your tiled shower? When’s the last time your tile and grout was professionally cleaned?  The odor you smell can be bacterial growth in your grout lines from years of spills, pet urine, and other contaminants that are making a home in your porous grout.

If you can’t remember your grout lines’ “real” color, it’s time to have your tile and grout cleaned.

Cleaning tile is relatively easy; however, cleaning grout is difficult and time-consuming. It is almost impossible to thoroughly clean soiled grout without a good set of knees, a stiff brush, and hours of back-breaking work. If you have the elbow grease, handle your business! Or you can hire the professionals at Tru-Clean Surface Care to do a thoroughly exhaustive cleaning of your tile and grout.

Whether you choose the old toothbrush method or hire a professional, it’s essential to know how cleaning your tile and grout can improve the aesthetics, indoor air quality, and safety of your home.

Tile can get slippery when wet, especially when water mixes with mildew, old spills, and bacteria from the porous grout. This can be a slip hazard for you, your children, guests, and your pets. In addition to improving the traction on your tile, a thorough cleaning can completely change (and improve) the look of your entire room.

At Tru-Clean Surface Care, we highly recommend sealing your grout after cleaning. Our grout sealing service is a great way to prevent the grout from mildewing while taking away its ability to absorb spills easily.  A quality sealing will protect your grout lines while helping to keep your tile floors looking cleaner for years to come.

Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your tile and grout looking its very best:

  • Sweep or vacuum before you mop or steam. This will help agitate and gather solids that may reside on top of your grout lines.
  • Use gentle cleansers on your grout, such as Deep Clean, once you have your tile floor professionally cleaned and sealed. Many cleaning agents can erode sealants and allow moisture, spills, and dirt to get into the grout, so make sure you use the proper cleaning solution.  If your grout lines are sealed, do not use a vinegar and water solution.  Vinegar, even diluted, can soften sealers and cause them to erode.
  • Mop or steam clean your tile and grout regularly to keep them looking their very best. Deep Clean is safe to use in steam mops.
  • If you’re looking for a heavy-duty, effective cleaning product for tile and grout that is not sealed or is past due for professional cleaning, we recommend Quick Clean.

If your grout lines are permanently stained due to age, poor installation, or acidic spills over the years, you can have your grout lines color sealed.  Color sealing by Tru-Clean Surface Care permanently enhances the existing color of your grout lines, or you can change the color to one of over 1,000 different shades.  For more information on grout color sealing, click here.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  We are StonePro Certified, and a surpHaces Certified PRO Partner.  We are also A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information on how to properly maintain your tile and grout surfaces, please visit Tru-Clean Surface Care online at or call us any time at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples and Marco Island, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.

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