When it comes to giving your tiles a makeover by bringing back to life that newly installed look of your aging grout, good news is in short supply. It’s not a job that is going to get any easier by putting it off and it is not a job that can be done both cheaply and efficiently. Most people overlook this responsibility not knowing that it can tremendously affect their health. “Finding the best product that guarantees good results can be a daunting task,” says one of the experts in Fitness To Go website. However, all is not a dark cloud looming over your flooring. That faint silver lining takes the form of an array of options available when the time comes to choose the best tools for the job.
If you are really committed to putting economy ahead of every other consideration, nothing beats a plain old toothbrush for scrubbing away caked-on grease and thick accumulation of grime in the smallest nooks and crannies of your tile. Really, the toothbrush is the ideal choice for the extreme budgeter since cleaning your grout and tile can be done just as well with an old, discarded brush and it can with a brand new one. You will, however, have to shell out a little something extra for the vinegar, bleach or organic paste.
At the other end of the extremes when it comes to saving money, time and the impact on your body is the steam cleaner. If the level of grime, mold and stains calls for it, you may find it more than worth the expense to either rent or buy a steam cleaning machine to make the job go quickly while still making sure to kill the bacterial growth as well as removing the unsightly mold. Steam cleaning your tile and grout eliminates the physical labor of cleaning tile while also removing the impact of chemical cleansers and as an added bonus, reduces the amount of water required for the task.
A pressure washer fits somewhere closer to the steam cleaner than the toothbrush on the spectrum of tools that can make cleaning tile and grout cheap and easy. If you don’t have a lot of mold and are not overly concerned with the potential effects of runaway bacterial growth, then the pressure washer makes more sense than the steam cleaner. Basically, you will be using water – a lot more water than in the case of the steam cleaner – to effectively utilize the force of pressure to break up the accumulation of filth on the tiles and move them elsewhere.
The power scrubber, on the other hand, is perched closer down toward the toothbrush. Much easier than a toothbrush because the battery powers the rotating brushes that does for you all that hard work you would do yourself when using a toothbrush. A time saving device the power scrubber may be, but you won’t be calling it a day nearly as quickly as with a pressure washer or steam cleaner. You will be saving money, however.
The nice thing about using grout brushes to clean your tiles is that you can be very selective when it comes to sizes – whether it’s a full kitchen floor or if you want to install walk-in-shower. These brushes are available in sizes ranging from not much bigger than the toothbrush to those you operate with both hands not unlike a broom or mop. In addition to a variety of sizes, the bristles come in a variety of materials. Use the softer bristles for very delicate work to avoid scratching or damaging your tile. If the soft bristles fail to do the work, move up a level in stiffness.
Grout Erasers/Abrasive Sponges
The concept of the grout eraser used to be called the abrasive side of the sponge. Only now you are just as likely to find this method for cleaning grout and tile made of rubber. More like an eraser, sure, and far less likely to scratch your tile, but it is still pretty much just the same concept. The upside is that grout erasers are a very effective choice if your dirty tile happens to take up very little space in a very small bathroom or kitchen. Anything much larger and that effectiveness gets diluted due to the amount of work involved and the toll such cleaning takes on grout erasers.
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