Does Dirty Grout Have You Frustrated?
That sandy strip of grout between your tiles is a very important part of your floor. Without it, anything spilled on your floors would start an ecosystem of its own. Your grout is your first line of defense against soil, dirt, and liquids. A properly sealed grout line will protect the integrity of your floors, but a tile and grout floor that has not been sealed acts like a sponge, soaking up every nasty spill and particle of dirt it encounters. New grout should always be properly sealed, cleaned regularly, and a new application of quality sealer should be applied every 12-24 months thereafter.
Cleaning your grout can be tricky. Scrubbing the grout may remove dirt on the surface of the grout but not eliminate the stain. Stains can then creep back up to the surface again, causing frustration to the homeowner. Bathrooms pose the toughest challenge since this room tends to be damp and provides a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew. Chemicals can cause discoloration and break down the integrity of your grout, leading to costly repairs. In addition, marble, granite, or high gloss tiles are especially sensitive to some cleaners, which can lead to permanent damage.
The best way to test whether your grout needs resealing is to place a few drops of water on the grout line and see if it remains on top of the grout surface or soaks right in. If it disappears, it’s time to re-seal. High traffic areas will tend to wear more quickly. Once you have determined if it is time to re-seal, first make sure your floor is free of all soil. Remove all the stains possible. You may need help from a professional.
We at Surface Doc get more requests for tile and grout cleaning than any other service we offer. We use a four-step restoration process combining high heat, eco-friendly emulsifiers, adjustable pressure, and contained suction. Once a surface is deep cleaned and sanitized, we recommend a high-quality sealer to keep it looking new.
Surface Doc uses patented tools that get into the deep porous areas of your floor, and the result is remarkable. Give John a call today for a free, no-hassle cleaning demonstration and professional quote for your home or business.