Duratiles Pakistan brings a guide for you on the classifications on cleaning the tiles, grout and the type of cleaners.
Cleaners are classified into three types:
Alkaline (cleaners with a pH greater than 7)
Acidic (cleaners with a pH less than 7)
neutral (cleaners with a pH of 7).
Prolonged use of highly alkaline (products with a high pH, such as undiluted household bleach) or highly acidic (products with a low pH, such as vinegar) cleaners can degrade some sealers, which are there to help prevent soap scum, oils, and dirt from penetrating the grout. If you need to use highly acidic or alkaline cleaners, check with the grout manufacturer for their recommendations.
- Alkaline cleaners: Use this form of cleaner to remove sticky grease or other contaminants that will not come off with only water. Although highly alkaline cleaners do not damage tile or grout when used infrequently, they may strip sealant from the grout over time, necessitating the need to rejuvenate your sealant. Wear gloves and avoid splashing with highly alkaline cleaners as they can chemically burn your skin. Undiluted household bleach, with a pH of 12, is an example of an alkaline cleaner that should not be used on tile and grout on a regular basis. Similarly, The Duratiles suggest diluting one cup of bleach in five gallons of water for washing and sanitizing. Bleach diluting reduces alkalinity and is suitable for use on all forms of porcelain and ceramic tile surfaces. Rinse any cleaner from the surface thoroughly, and do not allow any residue to dry on the tile or grout.
- Acidic cleaners: In the type of cleaners, Acidic cleaners are corrosive, but not in the same way as alkaline cleaners are. Since cement grout is alkaline, the acid reacts with it, dissolving a thin layer on top and revealing clean grout underneath. Although these cleaners tend to “clean,” most manufacturers do not recommend them due to the eroding impact they have on grout. When removing and fixing grout, only professionals can use acidic tile and grout cleaners.
- Neutral cleaners: For the cleaning of tiles and grout, neutral solutions with a pH of 7 are more favored. Consider using cleaners designed specifically for tile and grout first, or a slightly alkaline detergent. you should know that only neutral cleaners are recommended for colored grout.
Takeaways: When you find that water alone isn’t enough, neutral cleaners designed specifically for tile and grout are the best choice. If neutral cleaners are insufficient, try a slightly alkaline detergent — never an acidic cleaner.