DO's & DON'Ts
~~ REGROUTING ~~
|Basic Maintenance Tips
How to take care of and clean your tile and grout
1, Always notice the condition of your grout & caulk while you shower. Attend to any openings immediately!
2, Always have a leaky shower head or faucet fixed right away. A small crack in the grout or caulk can lead to an expensive repair if it is not repaired. Leaky plumbing can also lead to expensive wall damage if not attended to right away.
3, Be aware of trouble areas in your shower and inspect them regularly. Areas include rim of a bathtub, spigots, spigot covers, shower windows, soap dishes, shower doors and stall shower base. At least once a month carefully visually inspect all these areas as well as all the tile in your shower for missing or cracked grout. Fixing these small problems early can save you hundreds in tile repair.
4, For showers with high humidity and low ventilation or with mold problems regularly bleach the area down. We use a 50/50 solution of water and bleach in a spray bottle or a bleach containing tub & tile cleaner. Spray on and allow it to soak for several minutes and rinse down. This should kill mold and mildew before it has a chance to bread and grow deep into the grout lines. Depending on how bad your problem is you may want to do this anywhere from once every two months to once a week. Always test any cleaners before using. Check with manufacture recommendations. This may not be recommended for some natural stone or marble. Mold is destructive and should be stopped as soon as it is detected.
To maintain your grout and tile in new look condition we recommend you ...
1, Wipe down all the walls with a towel after use. This removes water & soap scum before they dry.
2, If you don't wipe it at least squeegee the walls down. This will greatly help in keeping it clean
3, Once a week or two or at least once every 30 days spray all the walls down with a tub & tile cleaner like TILEX or Scrubbing Bubbles. Allow to soak for several minutes and sponge clean. Once finished rinse clean with water. This simple 10 minute process done once a month can add years to your tile and grouts appearance.
4, We strongly recommend getting a steam cleaner. They are perfect for cleaning stubborn floor grout and can take years off of the appearance of your tile and grout. They also have hundreds of other useful applications around the home or office. You can learn more about steam cleaners here. Simply put, there is nothing on the market that cleans grout better. To top it all off, it is chemical free cleaning! Super heated steam vapor gets the job done fast! Some companies charge hundreds of dollars to clean grout! Now you can own your own fun and easy to use steam cleaner.
COMMON QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q: What is a sealer and should I seal my bathroom tile?
Q: How often should I seal my grout?
Q: Can I regrout my shower myself?
Q: How do I keep my shower looking clean and new?
If you are going to clean it on your own the most effective of all is to simply dry the walls and tub with a towel after every use. By doing this soap scum and hard water will have no chance to build up. Mold can only grow in a high moisture environment so if you dry it you should have no problems with mold. Another good method is to use a shower squeegee to dry the walls after your shower. Some of our cleaning kits come with a free squeegee.
From time to time, at least once a month it is important to thoroughly clean your shower. First, spray all the walls down with a tub and tile cleaner. If you have mold be sure to use a product containing bleach like TILEX mold & mildew remover. Otherwise, use something like a TILEX soap scum remover or any other popular liquid non abrasive tile cleaner. Soak the walls and let sit for about 5 minutes. Come back with a plastic a plastic scrubbing pad and (PLEASE REVIEW THE DO's & DON'T's IN REGLAZING SECTION!) Scrub down the walls and tub (never use abrasives on a re-glazed tub or acrylic/plastic surfaces). This should take little effort and should leave you with a bright new looking shower. Now simply dunk the large sponge in the pail of water and lift the soaked sponge to flush off the walls. Same goes for the tub unless it was reglazed then simply use the sponge in place of the scrub pad provided. For a reglazed tub use a sponge in place of our scrub pad! Always test new cleaners or abrasive pads on surface before you clean.
Q: What do I do if I find some grout or caulk has opened up?
Q: How do I get that gunk out of my shower door tracks?
Q: How do I get my shower doors clean?
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