Does cleaning grout and tile make you groan? Grimy grout got yer goat? Tarnished tile t’aint your tendency?
I’m Clara and this is my dog, Spotless. We’re part of your friendly Pro-Tek™ Clean Team!
August is Eco-Clean Grout and Tile Month! For hundreds of years, tiles have been popular choice because they are durable, beautiful, and eco-friendly. But, they require special care, and that can be tedious.
Before you go crazy and tear the tile out, read my guide. Pro-Tek™ makes cleaning grout and tile fun in 5 easy steps! How? Because Pro-Tek™ does all the hard work while you are doing something fun. When you come back, the transformation is amazing. Pro-Tek™ is pet-safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and hard-working. It just feels good to clean with Pro-Tek™!
Why Cleaning Grout and Tile Is a Challenge
Why is cleaning grout and tile a challenge? Grout is porous, so it easily traps dirt, stains, and moisture, while tile, though smooth on the surface, accumulate grime over time. In the olden days when a person had to SCRUB (ugh) with noxious chemicals (double ugh), it was easy to leave cleaning grout and tile to the bone pile. But, you’ve probably noticed neglecting your tile and grout has led to some funky coloring, mold growth–eek!–and a luck luster appearance.
Now you don’t have to be intimidated by grout and tile! Ready for a tiling good time? A grouty good time? (Spotless is rolling his eyes at me.) Ok. Here we go.
Gather Your Supplies
- Broom or vacuum cleaner
- Pro-Tek™ grout brush
- Pro-Tek™ spray bottle – FREE with your purchase!
- Pro-Tek™ Cherry, Pro-Tek™ Lemon, Eco–Orange™ or for really fast action, Pro-Tek™ HD
- Bucket of warm water
- Microfiber cloths
- Optional: Eco-friendly grout sealer
Step-by-Step Cleaning Process
1. Vroom, vroom!
You may not be dusty (or crusty), but maybe your grout and tiles are. Start by removing loose dirt and broken grout from the tile surface using a broom or vacuum cleaner. This prevents particles from scratching your beautiful tiles during cleaning.
2. Mixing Your Pro-Tek™ Cleaning Solution
Non-toxic, eco-friendly, hard-working Pro-Tek™ is super concentrated. You can dilute it to clean nearly everything in your home or office! Wow! This is how a whole gallon can last you six months to a year.
For tile and grout, mix a 10:1 solution of Pro-Tek™ cherry, lemon or eco-orange by pouring 1.75 ounces in your Pro-Tek™ spray bottle. It’s FREE with your gallon purchase! See those handy dandy measuring lines? They make it easy. Fill the rest of the bottle with clean water. For larger or smaller bottles, use this easy dilution chart.
3. Saturate Grout Lines
Spray your grout lines with your Pro-Tek™ solution. Pay special attention to discolored, stained or moldy bits. Mmmm, doesn’t that scent smell divine? Did you know that Pro-Tek™ donated 5% of your purchase this August to save elephants? It’s our way of celebrating World Elephant Day on August 12.
4. Enjoy 15 Minutes of Fun!
Let hard working Pro-Tek™ do it’s job by letting it sit. You just bought yourself a quarter hour. In the middle of the day!!! What fun will you have? Spotless suggests you play fetch with your dog or take him for a walk around the block. Awwww! Great ideas, Spotless! You could also eat an ice cream. Play a game of Crazy 8’s with your kid. Watch this cool video on the tiled courtyards in Morocco. Pro-Tek™ is working hard so you can go have some fun. We’ll see you in 15!
5. Scrub (if you need to) and Rinse
You’re back! What fun thing did you do?
Take a look at your grout and tile! Woo wee, what a difference. Scrub a bit if you need to, especially if this is your first grout and tile cleaning in a while.
Now rinse. Dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots and mold. Pawsitivitely lovely!
6. Optional: Sealing the Grout
Once your tile is clean and dry, apply an eco-friendly grout sealer to protect against staining, moisture trapping, and mold. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and allow the sealer to dry completely before using the area again.
Maintaining the Spotless Shine: Tips from Clara
- Wipe up spills right away on kitchen and floor tiles to prevent staining.
- Use an eco-friendly squeegee on shower tiles after every use to protect against water stains and mold.
- Sweep or vacuum at least once a week to prevent dirt from scratching tile.
- Use eco-friendly doormats on high-traffic floor tiles to keep dirt from getting ground in.
- Deep clean at least once a month in high-traffic areas.
Have a cleaning question? We here at the friendly Pro-Tek™ Clean Team are here to help! Give us a call toll-free at 1.888.776.8351