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Straight Talk Episode Offers Pointers on Cleaning Tile and Grout

June 23, 2020

The first step in effectively cleaning tile and grout in your facility is to identify whether the tile is ceramic or natural stone, according to one of the latest episodes of the Straight Talk series.

In this edition, Dane Gregory, an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) instructor, explains that the type of tile may impact the cleaning products you use. As ceramic tile is manmade and typically is finished with a more durable surface, it is less likely to etch or stain. Natural stone, on the other hand, is more prone to permanent damage from etching or staining if you use the wrong cleaning product.

One of Gregory’s top tips is to find a neutral product that you like then implement the principles of CHAT: chemistry, heat, agitation, and time. He also recommends sealing the grout of newer floors to help prevent staining, and then adhering to a regular cleaning program that prevents heavy soil buildup.

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