The Best Way To Protect Your Floor’s Grout
In this post, you will learn the best way to protect your floor’s grout. Read along to learn everything you need to know about what is right for you.
Ceramic floor tiles are a wonderful way to improve the look of your home’s flooring, as well as being a durable option that will hold up for years. The most frustrating issue most Folsom, CA, homeowners face is keeping the grout between the tiles clean and well maintained.
Left unchecked, the grout can often become dingy, with dirt particles becoming lodged deep into the grout. In some instances, you may end up with mold or mildew setting into the grout on your floor, staining it permanently, and requiring replacement. In addition to making your floors a real challenge to clean, your only choice may be replacing the grout or worse, the tiles themselves.
Let’s get started as we will provide you with some excellent advice for keeping your grout spotless with proper grout cleaning, as well as some options to protect the grout to keep your floors beautiful for years to come!
Let’s get started with the best way to protect your floor’s grout.
Tips For Protecting Grout And Keeping Floor Tiles In Great Shape!
Protecting Your Grout
Sealers protect your grout from spills, dirty water, and stains. Sealers accomplish this in one of two ways. Topical sealers put a coating on top of the grout to prevent water and stains from penetrating the grout. A penetrating sealer uses a carrier of either water or solvent to allow solids to soak into the grout to fill the pores and repel water and in some cases oil as well.
A sealer that resists water-based spills is hydrophobic, and a sealer that resists oil-based soils and spills is oleophobic. Your decision to use a sealer on your grout is dependent on what you are trying to accomplish. Some choose not to seal but regularly have their floors professionally cleaned. If you choose to seal your grout with a penetrating clear sealer, make sure it is reapplied every 6-18 months. If you choose a quality, professionally installed topical sealer, it may not require reapplication at all and could last you for years to come.
Regular Cleaning To Preserve Grout
The best way to protect your grout is to make sure you keep it clean, and to clean your grout the right way. Applying a lot of water when mopping your floor will cause grout to deteriorate, or force water into the corners and tight spots in your grout that could cause mold or mildew. In addition to being difficult to remove, mildew and mold cause deep-set stains that can prove impossible to remove, requiring replacement.
The best practice for cleaning your grout daily is to begin by sweeping and vacuuming tile flooring thoroughly before attempting any wet cleaning. This will remove the most dirt particles possible and reduce the likelihood of embedding dirt into the grout lines.
When mopping, using a damp microfiber-type mop with a cleaner specifically made for tile flooring will minimize the amount of water you need to use. Floor cleaners that have a PH level of 7 are optimal for tile and grout flooring. Mixing a specific tile and grout cleaner into a spray bottle and applying it directly to soiled areas is an excellent way to minimize moisture when combined with a dry microfiber mop.
This is where products with removable wet pads such as Swiffer mops are particularly useful, as most if not all the moisture from the cleaner is absorbed back into the pad to be thrown away. This increases the drying time for your tile flooring and minimizes the risk of mold and mildew.
If any water or cleaner is left on the floor, it is best to soak it up with a towel or absorbent cloth as soon as possible.
If your grout is heavily soiled or stained, you can purchase special grout brushes and cleaners to deep clean your flooring, but in this case, it is usually best to have your floors cleaned by a professional tile cleaning service. Home remedies found online are not advised because many of these methods can do more damage to your flooring than good. Some home remedies do not take into account the material used to coat or seal your grout and could cause corrosion or a deeper setting in the stain.
If you notice heavy staining, soil, and dirt that cannot be removed, or signs of mold and mildew damage, professional service can properly use industrial cleaning methods and products to restore the grout in your flooring. They are also able to recommend and install sealants that specifically address the needs of your tile and grouting. A professional is also able to ascertain where you might need repairs to your grout, or re-grouting in areas that have worn down or causing tiling to separate.
There are many ways you can preserve your grout to keep your floors beautiful for many years, but there is only so much you can do with regular cleaning. Sometimes it’s best to consult a professional to preserve your grout, or to consider a sealant option that works for you. Companies such as Carter’s Carpet Restoration offer professional grout cleaning services. We are located in El Dorado Hills, CA however we service a variety of areas. Ultimately, consulting a professional is always the best way to protect your floor’s grout!