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We provide professional DIY tips and techniques for cleaning, sealing and restoring all types of tile, grout and stone.
The North American Tile Cleaning Organization's website is operated by tile and grout cleaning professionals. Our website is designed to give professional advise for DIYers and contractors alike. Our professional tips and advice can save you a lot of time, money and frustration when cleaning and restoring your tile, grout and stone.
Understanding what is involve to clean and restore your tile and grout can help you make a good decision when hiring a professional contractor to do the work for you. You can read more HERE about how to hire a tile and grout cleaning and restoration contractor.
Our Latest Tile, Grout And Stone Cleaning And Restoration Tips...
Ceramic tiles are typically easy to clean but the grout between the tiles is usually much more difficult to clean. Ceramic tiles are dense non porous products that will not typically be damaged by most tile cleaning products or scrub pads. Therefore you can use aggressive tile cleaning products combined with aggressive scour pads to scrub the grout clean without damaging the tiles. [...] Read More
Grout haze is a cement based film left on the tiles after they have been grouted. Removing this grout haze can be extremely difficult if has been allowed to dry on the tiles. On the other hand if the grout haze is immediately removed after the tiles have been grouted then it is relatively easy to remove. [...] Read More
Many times people want their ceramic tiles to look shiny or have a matte type of reflective finish. A topical sealer is the best way to give ceramic tiles some type of glossy looking reflective appearance. There are many issues that must be considered first before applying a topical sealer to a ceramic tile installation. [...] Read More
The installed color of grout can look too light for a variety of other reasons. Grout can also have a splotchy look to it of light and dark colored areas throughout the grout. The look of the grout can ruin the look of the entire tile installation. Luckily there are ways to darken grout and make it have a more even looking appearance. [...] Read More
Black shower mold can make your ceramic tile shower look ugly and create an unsanitary condition in your home. Mold growing in the shower grout can start getting into the walls of your home. The shower mold can become a breeding ground for toxic black mold to live and thrive. Bacteria, germs and other harmful pathogens can also start growing in your shower that can cause health problems for your family and pets. [...] Read More
Soap scum, hard water deposits and other stains can make fiberglass shower pans look ugly and unsanitary. Cleaning a fiberglass shower pan requires using aggressive scour pads, powerful soap scum removers and a lot of elbow grease. [...] Read More
Calcium and lime deposits can start forming under the soap scum and these calcium and lime deposits can actually start eating away at the delicate limestone. Periodically cleaning and removing the soap scum will help keep these deposits from forming and protect the finish of the limestone. Soap scum can also leave a chalky looking residue in the shower that distracts from the look of the shower. [...] Read More
You can read some valuable information and tips on how to hire a tile, grout and stone cleaning and restoration contractor at our contractor information page here. Tile and Grout Cleaning and Restoration Contractor.