During these blistering summer months in Iowa and Southern Minnesota we may be more focused on spending time under the sun, but have you thought about your grout and tile care? Most likely not, but you’re in luck! Especially when days are full of tracking in dirt and mud from outside, it is very important to clean tile floors, backsplash, countertops and walls on a regular basis. Doing so will not only improve the appearance of these surfaces, but it will also maximize its lifespan.

Routine maintenance is key. Hiring a professional to deep clean your grout and tile at least once or twice a year is beneficial, but there are plenty of ways to protect your grout and tile and still keep them clean and pristine!

Why Do I Need Tile and Grout Cleaning?

Who really needs tile and grout cleaning? Isn’t this something you can do yourself? Will taking care of your floors help you in the future?

All of these are questions you may have asked yourself before. The truth is, anyone who has tile and grout in their home or business can benefit from both DIY maintenance and getting the tile and grout professionally cleaned.

Preserving Tile & Grout

If you’re worried about the cost of hiring a professional, fortunately you will find that the rates compare favorably when considering the alternative of having to completely replace grout and tile surfaces years before you wanted to do so

Just like carpet, dirt can build up and work its way into your tile and grout. This results in tile and grout that looks faded and discolored. Keeping a cleaning schedule will help keep your floors looking great and will make it easier to clean in the future.

DIY Grout & Tile Cleaning Tips

We understand you may want to give it a try on your own, so here are a few tips to clean and maintain your tile and grout like a pro: 

How to Keep Grout & Tile Clean

Prevention is key to clean tiling, because grout and tiles are naturally porous. Therefore, dirt and stains are easily trapped in, making any tile and grout surfaces look dirty, old and downright unattractive! The more you can prevent dirt and grime from hitting your tiled surfaces, the better.


The best way to keep tile flooring clean is to create a barrier between the outdoors and your floors, and take your shoes off before proceeding into the home. Your best friend in this case is a doormat. Doormats are meant to catch all of the dirt or germs your shoes may carry into your home.


To create a barrier between your backsplash and the food in your kitchen, ensure there is a sealant on both the tile and the grout. Sealant is water resistant and will protect even porous tile from damage. You can even periodically reseal your backsplash if necessary.


Your shower is a vulnerable spot in your home. All the water, soaps, shampoos and other products that wash over it every day can sink deep into the tile and grout and build up over time. Ensure there is a proper sealant that will protect your tile and grout from damage, mold and mildew.

Clean and Disinfect

Cleaning tile and grout can be a messy and tedious project, but we hope you now understand how important it is! The best thing you can do for any tile and grout throughout your home or business is to clean it regularly. You don’t need to scrub it down with harsh chemicals or cleaners. You only need a frequent mild cleansing. A bit of baking soda and warm water, hydrogen peroxide or equal parts of vinegar and warm water will do the trick! If you don’t already have a brush for the job, most home centers and hardware stores carry options specifically designed for the purpose of cleaning grout.

ServiceMaster Tile and Grout Cleaning Procedures

When it comes time, professional cleaning techniques and equipment definitely help home and business owners save money in the long run. Stop ignoring the dark and dirty grout that outlines your kitchen tile. Call the ServiceMaster by Rice team to thoroughly and effectively clean and sanitize tile and grout in your home or business. Here’s how we clean your tile and grout:

  1. Grout Scrubbing: We scrub the grout with non-acid cleaners and specially-formulated grout brushes to start.
  2. High-Pressure Rinse: Then, we rinse the surface with a high-pressure and hot water neutralizer.
  3. High-Power Extraction: Finally, we remove all the soil and residue with a high-power extraction. Leaving you with perfectly clean tile and grout!

Professional Cleaning Services for Home and Work

Whether it’s toddler tile stains or corporate foot traffic, ServiceMaster by Rice has been in the business of tile and grout cleaning for over 60 years. Our cleaning crews work to effectively deep clean tile and grout while preserving the integrity of both the tile and sealant. For Iowa or Southern Minnesota tile and grout cleaning, trust the ServiceMaster by Rice family to get the job done. Get in contact with us today to schedule an appointment for your tile and grout cleaning!