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How to Use a Steam Cleaner for Grout

Steam cleaners are the power tools of grout cleaning and other sorts of profound cleaning They make fast work of otherwise dull and armkilling work Steam cleaners heat water to more than 200 degrees Fahrenheit and have spouts that coordinate impacts of steam onto the grout The spouts can hold extraordinary nylon or brass brushes made particularly for grout cleaning so you scrub whereas you steam The method makes a dirty slurry of grime and water that you basically flush or clean awayWhy Grout Gets So DirtyUpon installation tile grout is forced between the tiles to fill the gaps and help stabilize the tile The surface of the tile itself is smooth and relatively easy to clean By contrast tile grout being slightly lower than the tile and containing sand attracts all sorts of debris In tubs and showers this gunk is mostly hardened soap scum mineral scale and general grime and sometimes mold from the moist environment On tile flooring the debris mainly consists of embedded dirt but it too can contain the builtup residue of detergentsThis gunk works into the pores of the grout and over time becomes progressively more difficult to remove with normal cleaning Even scrubbing vigorously with a stiffbristled brush and using powerful cleansers and machines may produce unsatisfactory results Steam cleaning is more effective because it uses steam and simultaneous scrubbing without the need for harsh detergentsChoosing a Steam CleanerOn the consumer market there are few tools specifically made for cleaning tile grout A generalpurpose canisterstyle steam cleaner such as the McCulloch HeavyDuty Steam Cleaner heats water past the boiling point in a few minutes and maintains steam for about 30 minutes If you want to clean the bathroom wall tile make sure you buy a canister multipurpose steam cleaner Some steamers are flooronly and will not work for shower or bathtub tile Multipurpose cleaners have attachments for different surfacesYou can purchase steam cleaners or rent them at home centers and rental outlets Most rental units are suitable for tile and thats why most people rent them but be sure to check with the rental store to make sure you have the right brushes for groutTools and Supplies You Will NeedBroom and mop or sponges and bucketSteam cleaner with grout brush attachmentsInstructionsClean the TileStart by cleaning the entire area where you will steam clean This gets rid of dirt grit and excess gunk that will only hamper your steamcleaning efforts Excess dirt or soap scum also can clog the steam cleaner brush For floor tile sweep and dampmop the tile For walls spongeclean the tiles using a mild detergent if desired then rinseSet Up the Steam CleanerFill the steam cleaner with water then turn on the unit and set it to steam as directed by the manufacturer Typically it takes just a few minutes to create the steam Attach the hose to the steam cleaner as directed Choose an appropriate brush for the size of your grout and the type of tile following the manufacturers recommendations As a general rule its best to start with a nylonbristle brush which is effective on most grout and will not damage the tile If necessary you might move to a brassbristle brush for stubborn dirt just be aware that brass brushes may damage some types of tileBegin Steaming and ScrubbingTurn on the steam with the recommended rate of spray Scrub the grout directly with vigorous backandforth strokes Work one small section at a time until it is clean then move on to the next section If youre cleaning walls work from the top down so that all the dirty water runs down onto uncleaned areasRinse and RepeatStop scrubbing periodically to rinse andor mop or sponge each cleaned section Its important to clean up the dirty water before it settles back into the grout and dries Refill and reheat the steamer as needed and continue the same process until the job is complete Finish with a final cleaning of the entire areaSealing Cleaned GroutSteam cleaning can be done on sealed and unsealed grout it wont hurt the sealer But once youve cleaned your grout and restored its original color the best way to keep it clean is to seal it with a highquality grout sealer Sealers come in two basic types penetrating and topical Both have their pluses and minuses so compare the options relative to your tile including how the sealer might affect the grout color and sheen to choose the best sealer for your needs.

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@ Blogger | Posted 16 Jan, 2020 | Others