Do You Have a Gripe with Grime in Your Grout?

Say that seven times fast! Does your bathroom and kitchen tiles accumulate dirt in the grout rather quickly? Soap and mildews are what makes the bathroom tiles so dirty; however, in the kitchen food spills are the culprits.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before but regular maintenance on your tile and grout is the best way to keep bacteria and viruses at bay. The bathroom and kitchen are high touch areas that need to be deeply cleaned: especially for the people who have a predisposition to getting sick.

Grout cleaning is a tricky thing. I have learned from trial and error that there are very specific cleaning techniques that have to be done to get the best results. As you can see in the pictures above, there are preparatory steps that need to be taken before the actual deep clean.

Most people prefer the lighter colored grouts. When you initially get it installed, they look gorgeous! But that light color grout is a haven for dirt to collect and vulnerable to water damage. See the picture below. You can see the original color after the grout has been cleaned compared to the dirty grout.

The Bottom Line

Grout is the bottom line that people see who come into your home or business. Or maybe it’s just me. For example, my wife and I liked going to this restaurant because the food was amazing! But after a year, we stop going because the tile and grout was in poor condition and it seemed to get gradually worse. It made me wonder about the cleanliness of our food. If dirt resides for a long period of time on the grout lines, then they will settle into the grout lines degrading the look of the tile and grout.  I believe that’s what happened at that restaurant.

Here are some things to ask your professional cleaner when they clean your grout and tile.

  1. Ask if they use an acidic cleaner. If they do, ask them if they have an alternative cleaner because it will gradually deteriorate your grout.
  2. Ask if a high gloss tile sealer can be applied to protect your grout and tile.
  3. Ask that they vacuum the tile to remove soil particles from the grout.
Call me with your grout and tile questions. I am here to help. 480-710-4110

This is what I’ve learned cleaning during the pandemic.

Since March, I’ve been working as I normally do. I’ve answered calls and set appointments for furniture and floor cleanings. I’ve done some demolition work too.

Demolition work

However, life for my family is far from normal. Like most people they have adapted to socializing via Zoom. As for me I’ve had less commercial jobs due to many businesses operating at a minimum and I’ve had a weird bout of scam calls during the pandemic. I am sure you have too. Unfortunately, I even turned away an actual customer because I thought he was a solicitor.

Everyday I read updates on Arizona’s coronavirus cases and deaths. Of late, the increase of cases has alarmed me. I’m concerned about how contagious this virus is. What’s even more perplexing is that the virus is so new that experts are still trying to understand how it spreads. The guidelines offered by the CDC and public health experts have been helpful in how to protect oneself. But there are a few questions I think about when I am not at home.

If someone has the coronavirus and I am nearby will I get infected? Here’s what I found from the Center for Disease Control. The risks of getting the coronavirus depends on the amount of time spent with an infected person, the amount of viral droplets projected by an infected person and the contact made with an infected surface and then making contact with one’s face.

My wife who often talks about what she learned in her microbiology class stated that a virus has to attach to a living host in order to survive. A viral droplet is desperately looking to cling onto a living cell; saliva or mucus. Research showed that viral droplets can be suspended like aerosols up to thirty minutes. This explains how the virus can easily spread in a crowd of people. The virus does not hang out in the air long enough to be a risk to most people. But I rather be safe than get sick. So I wear the personal protective equipment in public. The mask my mother-in-law made for me has an added disposable paper filter for a third layer of protection.

How safe is it to do residential cleaning?

Well, there are risks but here is what I am doing to be safe.

  1. Elite employees wear personal protective equipment (i.e., disposable gloves, shoe covers and masks when appropriate). Plus, I carry hand sanitizer clipped to my belt since I use it several times during the day.
  2. We keep our physical interactions to a bare minimum and maintain appropriate social distancing. In addition, I can take payment over the phone, to minimize contact.
  3. We are doing our due diligence in cleaning our equipment. After all, we are in the business of cleaning and we are aware of the importance of disinfecting high touch areas.
  4. After every service, we throw out our used gloves. We are using hand sanitizers when we cannot wash our hands. As much as you DON’T want to contract the coronavirus we equally don’t want to get it.

According to the CDC, cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. While there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted from upholstery or carpet to people, it might be a preemptive measure against the virus from spreading. Both hard and soft surfaces can be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with hot water and a good disinfectant.