Thursday, February 16, 2012

How to Clean Grout

How to Clean Grout: A Few Simple Steps

For all of you DIYers, cleaning your grout can be something that easily accomplished on a Saturday morning.  For smaller jobs like in bathrooms and small kitchens areas, a simple mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water can easily clean that grout that's become dirty.  This mixture is a simple way to do the job yourself.  But of course, when all else fails, there's always your local tile restoration company.

Simply combine a half of a cup of hydrogen peroxide and one cup of water and mix inside a spray bottle.  Total cost?  Maybe $1.50.

After you've mixed your solution, spray on the moldy areas of your tile grout.  Allow it to set and take a small toothbrush or other brush and scrup away.  You should be able to see the difference right away.  Using the mixture on a regular basis will help prevent mold from building up in the future.

Sometimes, the grout maybe stained a little worse than usual.  Hiring a grout cleaning company is something to look into if this in fact the case.  Grout cleaning companies can usually finish the job with a few hours, by way of their equipment and experience.  So if you're not looking to be on your hands and knees scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush, give your local tile restoration company a call and they'll be glad to give you a hand.

Monday, February 6, 2012

How to Care for your Marble

When you're looking to clean marble without the help of a marble restoration company, it's important to get one important fact out of the way.  Marble is not granite and vice versa.  Often the two are confused and considered to be one in the same, and since this happens often, homeowners make the mistake of cleaning the two stones with the same products.  This can often results in  damaging the stone or scuffing it in a way that may cause it to lose it's natural shine.  Using vinegar on your marble can cause serious issues.  While vinegar is a great cleanser for most surfaces around the house, stay away from using it on marble surfaces and floor.
For larger surfaces, consider an expert marble restoration company.
The best way to clean marble counters and floors is with a soft rag and some warm water.  Use this method as your daily cleaning method and you'll ensure a nice healthy look to your marble for years.

When cleaning marble floors, stick to non harsh methods like soft microfiber materials.  Combine with hot water if you have some scuffs or marks on the floor.

When you've completed your daily cleaning of your marble, it's time to get it polished.  For small areas, like a countertop or small floor area, simply buff with a chamois in small circles.  This is a relatively simple way to create a nice shine on your surface.  However, for larger areas and floors throughout your home, it's best to call an expert marble polishing company or marble restoration company.  These companies are outfitted with the tools and products that will give your home floor an impecable shine.