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Removing Tile Floor Mold & Mildew

removing mold and mildew from grout Even when you scrub your tiles, and perform grout cleaning between them, the grout can still become stained and dirty from mold and mildew. Not only are these stains unsightly, but they can also be very dangerous to your family's health. These toxic substances can make their way into the air, leaving your family with contaminated air to breathe. For this reason, it's important to make sure that you always clean the mold and mildew that forms on tile & grout. However, tile and grout pose special challenges, as you don't want to damage the surface, but you want to make sure that you remove the entire stain. Below are some easy tips for cleaning mold and mildew from kitchen tile, tile flooring, bathroom tile, shower tile, and slate tile.

cleaning shower mildew Removing mold from ceramic tile in the kitchen can seem like a tricky job, however it can actually be quite easy. The first step is to kill the mold using household bleach diluted in water. Be sure to test a very small, inconspicuous area first to make sure that the tile and grout will not discolor. After that, you can apply the bleach onto the mold and mildew stains with a toothbrush. Once you have killed the mold, you can clean the area with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. If bleach is not an alternative that can be used on the ceramic kitchen tile, you can also soak the area in water and then run a bar soap over it. This should effectively remove the stain and the toxic chemicals. Bleach is not often recommended for slate tile, so to kill the mold from this type of tile and grout, you may want to use ammonia, which will not discolor the tile or grout. However, running a bar of soap over the stain will also be very effective with slate tile, and there are also commercial products available that are made specifically for slate tile that work very well.

The grout in tile flooring can also become a breeding ground for bacteria, making mold and mildew a common problem. Cleaning mold found in the grout of your tile flooring can be a fairly easy task. Simply mix together vinegar diluted in water and blot it into the stain. As you blot, you should notice that the tile grout area quickly becoming cleaner. If that doesn't work, you can also use baking soda that has a bit of water added to it to form a paste. Spread the baking soda over the entire area of moldy grout, in the tile flooring, and allow to sit for a few minutes. After a few minutes, gently rub the baking soda into the stain. Using circular motions when cleaning the grout will remove more mold and mildew than rubbing it in an up and down motion. Mold and mildew from floor tile can also be removed easily by a professional with a steam cleaner. These cleaners use steam and pressure to lift the stain, and will often work much better than vinegar or baking soda. Steam Cleaning professionals do a great job keeping floor tile clean and free of harmful chemicals.

One of the most popular areas for mold and mildew to form is in the bathroom! Removing mold and mildew from bathroom tile can be as easy as using a powerful commercial cleaner that is specially designed for cleaning mold and mildew. These cleaners can often just be sprayed onto the stain, allowed to sit for a few minutes and then scrubbed off. The mold should come off quickly and easily. However, for stains that are a bit more difficult and set-in, you may want to call a professional to ensure that it is completely removed. Shower tiles, shower floors and walls can be an especially problematic area for mold and mildew because it is such a damp area. When removing mold from shower tiles, the first thing to do is to wipe away any moisture on the surface with a paper towel. Next, spray a commercial grout area on the mold and allow it to penetrate the stain for a few minutes. Then begin to scrub the cleaner into the grout with either a tile brush or a toothbrush. This will remove most of the mold from the shower tiles but if there is still some leftover residue, spray it with a cleaner containing bleach or bleach diluted in water and wipe clean.

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