Keeping Grout Joints Clean
Grout joints show dirt marks and stains long before stone tiles do. Grout joints are usually 1-2mm lower than the stone surface so they are more prone to harbouring dirt residues, so a little extra care will pay dividends.
Routine cleaning should consist of a regular mop or light scrub with a pH neutral detergent, Doing this on a regular basis will safely remove soiling and help prevent a stubborn build up without damaging the tile, grout or sealer.
Commercial cleaning products such as Aqua Mix® Heavy-Duty Tile & Grout Cleaner are designed specifically for stone.
- Pre-wet the floor with Aqua Mix® Heavy-Duty Tile & Grout Cleaner at a dilution of 4:1, allow the surface to soak for 3-5 minutes keeping wet.
- Then agitate the floor using either a rotary floor scrubbing machine or auto scrubber.
- Extract liquid off of the floor using a wet & dry vacuum cleaner fitted with a squeegee head.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean potable water. Vacuum (wet & dry) rinse water off floor.
Sealing your grout joints after tiling will make your grout stain resistant, less porous and easier to clean.
More information on a range of stone maintenance issues is available on the Aquamix website at http://aquamix.com.au/reference-library/surface-maintenance-guides/