Don’t be fooled by the clean appearance and fresh smell of your newly-scrubbed bathrooms! You will be surprised, if not shocked, that there are still dangers lurking in the tiles and grout. You must then consider regular tile and grout cleaning by Chem Dry professionals to ensure that your family’s health risks are minimized.
Dangers Lurking In Tiles
Even when the surface build-up of dirt, dust and grime has been removed, bathroom tiles and grout still have dangers lurking deep within them. There’s also the fact that the warm, moist environment of a bathroom is the perfect breeding ground for harmful pathogens, especially bacteria.
Many of these bacteria can cause illnesses of which the most common are:
- Campylobacter, a bacteria found in uncooked poultry. When you become infected, you will experience diarrhea and/or vomiting, fever, abdominal bloating and cramping, and headaches. Infants and young children, the most vulnerable in your home, are the most likely to be affected.
Tip: Don’t keep your cat’s litter in the bathroom. Otherwise, you and your family have higher risks for campylobacter infections.
- Escherichia Coli, a bacteria spread via contaminated food and water as well as frequently spread from children to adults. The symptoms of E-coli infection include extreme diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, and vomiting, aside from serious illnesses like urinary tract infection.
- Salmonella, a bacteria also found in contaminated food and water. People with compromised or weakened immune systems, as well as children, are at higher risk for its symptoms including fever, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, and chills.
Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria are even more dangerous for your health because of their high resistance against antibiotics.
DIY and Professional Cleaning of Tiles
Fortunately, the risks for contracting diseases caused by these bacteria can be reduced with a combination of do-it-yourself and professional cleaning of your bathrooms. Cleaning your bathrooms, particularly scrubbing your tiles and grout, should ideally be done weekly – more frequently, if you have many people in your home.
Just because the bathrooms are the site for water-based activities doesn’t mean that the tiles can be kept wet at all times. As much as possible, keep the bathroom tiles clean, particularly around the toilet, since a warm and moist environment means a haven for pathogens.
But don’t stop with DIY cleaning either. You have to ask Chem Dry professionals to perform their magic, if you will, on your bathrooms. You can rely on them to use the right cleaning supplies and equipment in getting the tiles and grout thoroughly clean and, thus, in killing more pathogens.
Are you hesitating about the costs? Don’t because the health benefits are worth the price.