We have just recently added tile cleaning in Boise Idaho to our list of services that we offer. Tile can be a source of headaches for the homeowner. If you have ever tried to clean your grout yourself, then you know what I am talking about.

Grout is a very porous surface that absorbs dirt and oil and does not like to let go of it. Understanding the chemistry of cleaning will help the removal of the dirt and oil. A cleaning chemical that works on the kitchen tile will not always work in the bathroom. This is because of the elements that are bonding the dirt with the surface. For example: Dirt and oil that is on the kitchen floor will be removed easily with a high pH (high alkaline) cleaning chemical. In the bathroom, the dirt and oil is most likely bonded to the grout with water deposits. Water deposits usually are the result of hard water (this causes the spots on your glasses). Hard water needs to be removed with a low pH (acid based) cleaner.

This might sound confusing to you, but when you understand what chemical works where, then you can save a lot of time and money when cleaning.

Let me give you some examples:

Kaboom- this is an acid based cleaner that is excellent in bathrooms. It dissolves hard water build up and helps separate the stubborn dirt and oil from the bathroom surfaces. Most products that are labeled as bathroom, shower, or toilet cleaners are acid based.

Oxiclean- I hesitate telling people to use this product because it is an oxygen bleacher. I see bleach spots in carpets all of the time from Oxiclean. Oxiclean is made with Sodium Per-carbonate. Please do not put this stuff on your carpet. If you did, and it did not bleach it, then you got lucky. I see this ALL of the time. Trust me on this! For hard surfaces, it works great. It is a high pH cleaner. Dirt in itself is an acid, so using an alkaline based cleaner will remove it. Pine-sol, Windex, dish soap are all examples of alkaline cleaners.

Over the counter products have their limitations. These products are sold to average homeowners that have no training with cleaning products. Therefore they have to be safe. Professional products are stronger and are for professionals that have had some training and know how to use them. So when the tile and grout in your home needs some professional TLC, then call Carpet Geek!

I hope this posts helps with some cleaning headaches, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call!