Don’t Be Grout-chy: How to Dial in your Facility’s Tile and Grout Cleaning

Grout and tile cleaning. As a facility manager it’s easy to ignore. No one will notice, right? Wrong.  

OK, that’s a bit harsh but so is ignoring floor tiles and grout, both of which can fade, pick up mold and mildew stains and even start to have an odor when not properly cared for. Generally, we recommend you work it into your cleaning program quarterly if you’re running a manufacturing facility and annually for commercial office space.

Keep in mind that while they’ll look so much better (perception is huge these days), keeping your tile and grout in good shape will preserve them. Think of it as long-term preventive maintenance.

So, to help you get going we’re sharing our four-step process. The beauty with this approach is we can do it at night and have your restroom ready to rock the next day. That means no rest for your restroom.

Tile + Grout Cleaning: 4 Steps to Healthy Floors

Step 1 – Get Down with Degreaser

This is straightforward; slather on a coat of heavy-duty degreaser to cut through the grime, mold and other buildup that’s taken hold.

Step 2 – Scrub a Dub

We prefer a square scrub or a swing machine, depending on the space. These machines have the weight and pressure needed to get a deep consistent clean, which isn’t possible by hand. This is where the magic happens.

Step 3 – Attack with the Wet Vac

Using a squeegee and wet vac we remove all the loose dirt and grime.

Step 4 – Seal it Up

Lastly, we apply a sealant to protect the tile and grout. This is critical to increase the lifespan of your tile and grout. We use industrial fans to ensure it’s dry and ready to go when employees and customers arrive in the morning.

Still have questions? Send us a note. We’re always happy to talk specifics.

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