Tile Maintenance: Keeping Mildew At Bay

Part and parcel of living in a house with tile flooring is that you would have to clean your floors regularly if you want the floor to look good. But sweeping or mopping the floor is not enough when it comes to cleaning the grout in between the tiles, which over time would have collected packed layers of soil, dirt, and even mold and mildew, which can pose some health risks to your family. Few may know that grout is actually porous, and it tends to absorb all the dirt and debris that falls onto it. Hence, you need proper tile maintenance services to keep your tiles and grout clean and beautiful.

General Tile Cleaning

Most homeowners or main tenants would require a general tile cleaning of their floors, either a routine one after a cycle of a few years, or because they have to clean the tiles before handing over the keys to the landlord. A professional tile cleaning service from Reilly’s Oriental Rug Cleaning involves pre-treating the affected tiles to loosen up topical residue, contaminants, accumulated soil and grease, with family-safe products that do not produce any toxic fumes. Next, the tiles’ surface and grout lines will be agitated with special serrated bristles, followed by a splash-free, high-pressure hot water rinse to dislodge and wash away the dirt and grime. Finally, the tiles are subjected to a speedy drying process, a final inspection, and a layer of protective coating to prevent them from being easily stained in future. Not only is tile cleaning pleasing to the eye, it also kills mold and mildew flourishing in the grout, killing bacteria and germs that can be harmful to health, and making your home safer for your loved ones.

Water Damage Restoration

Perhaps water has seeped under your tiles and caused water damage. This can happen when water from a shower or bathtub leaks behind surfaces which have been improperly caulked, for example. If this happens, tiles may be loosened from behind and break or become damaged. More significantly though, mildew can grow behind the tile, potentially causing allergic reactions and health problems. It is therefore imperative to restore tiles that have been affected by water damage, and get rid of the mildew as soon as possible.

Long Lasting Prevention

Aside from the layer of protective coating which we will apply to your tiles upon a successful tile cleaning procedure, there is more that can be done to ensure your tiles stay clean and mildew-free for years to come. Depending on the needs of your situation, the grout may be sealed off to reduce the porosity of its surface and make it much harder for mildew to develop there. Another possibility is to recaulk your bathroom especially if there was water damage before, so as to prevent such a disaster from happening again. With a professional consultation, you can get recommendations as to what can and should be done to make your home clean and safe for this generation and the next.


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