Easy Ways to Keep Tile and Grout Clean

If you have children, pets and/or an active lifestyle, the installation of tile seems like a quick way to clean up messes without needing to drag out the vacuum all the time. What no one tells you pre-installation is that keeping the tile and grout clean in bathrooms, mud rooms and the kitchen may be one of the more thankless cleaning tasks. No matter how clean the tile is, there still may be dirty and discolored grout around the clean tiles. One reason for this is that grout lies somewhat deeper than the tile it surrounds. This creates an unintentional area that perfectly traps dirt and grime, especially when you’re dry mopping the tiles or wiping them down with a soft cloth.

While it’s easy to see why the problem of dirty and discolored tile exists, it’s more of a challenge to figure out the best way to deal with the issue. A quick internet search for cleaning tile and grout comes up with a large number of returns, many of which contain comments below from people who tried said method with mediocre results. Often the problem is that the cleaners that can remove the dirt, grime or mildew from the tiles are actually harmful to the grout and more importantly, to the user. However if the product you use is too weak and too much scrubbing is involved, it’s possible to inadvertently erode the grout, damaging the overall structure of the wall, surface or floor.

When it comes to cleaning tile and grout, you need a product that is strong enough to do the job but not harmful to the surface or to you the user. Typical acidic tile and grout cleaners can be very dangerous to work with. They are corrosive to the skin and eyes and depending on their strength can cause severe burns. Cleaners with chlorine bleach can also be problematic. Chlorine bleach is also corrosive to the skin and eyes as well as the respiratory tract when the fumes are inhaled. Chlorine Bleach is also very harsh on your metal surfaces and can cause corrosion.

When you need a safe way to clean tile and grout look for “Natural” Rock Doctor Tile and Grout Cleaner. The product is a powerful way to remove dirt, oil, grease and soap scum from the surfaces of tile and grout while at the same time being safe to use. Rock Doctor Tile and Grout Cleaner is formulated with a low pH organic salt that is used to replace traditional acids, giving it the cleaning performance of an acid while being non corrosive to the skin and eyes. Rock Doctor Tile and Grout Cleaner is safe for glazed and unglazed tile, ceramic and porcelain tile and colored and uncolored grout. Simply spray on the surface of the tile and grout and wipe away with a clean, soft cloth.

Beginning January 1, our “Natural” Rock Doctor Tile and Grout Cleaner will be available at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores. Look for it and keep your beautiful tile surfaces looking like they were just installed. As our holiday gift to you, you can earn a $2 mail-in rebate with the purchase of each Rock Doctor Item. Just scan the original receipt and email it to Rock Doctor at lauraj@apexprod.com. For more details about this rebate offer, click here. Happy Holidays from all of us here at Rock Doctor!

This article was brought to you by Rock Doctor, which offers a line of specially-formulated stone cleaner, stone polish, and stone sealer products. Rock Doctor stone care products can be purchased through a number of fine retail stores, including Wal-Mart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bed Bath & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Do it Best Hardware, Hy-Vee, and Wegmans.