Like anything in your home, your tile and grout gets filthy over time and use. Grout is a very porous material in your home, and if is not sealed, it absorbs moisture, dirt, debris, and anything else it comes in contact with. Under the right conditions, mildew and mold can develop. It is best to deep clean the tile and grout through a professional at least once a year. However, sometimes you need it more often, but few homeowners know what to look for if the tile and grout needs more attention. Also, in some case, the grout looks so dingy and gritty that homeowners give up on them. Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to discuss the signs your grout and tile needs a professional touch sooner rather than later.
Mold & Mildew on Tile Grout
Especially susceptible to stains is the grout in a bathroom. Your bathroom can become a breeding ground for bacterial growth due to its humid and warm environment. It can cause wear on your sealant when bacteria grow on your tiles or grout. Due to the mineral build-up from water and the dirt from your body can come create stains in your grout as well. This is not only unhygienic but also unsightly. It is a clear sign to call in the professionals when your tiles look dirty regardless of how often you clean them.
The number one sign that you require a cleaning service to professionally clean your grout is discolored or stained. After this porous substance has become discolored, it is almost impossible to get your grout back to its original state. You may not see any major difference, even if you mop or scrub incessantly. When your grout is discolored, do not assume that you automatically need grout replacement. With a good deep clean, that major job may be avoidable. Any damaged tiles, re-caulk, or add color sealant to your grout can also be repaired with a professional cleaning service.
Tile & Grout is Not Sealed Properly
Unfortunately, not all professional tile installers come back and seal dried grout. An important step to prevent your grout from absorbing discoloring substances that cause staining comes from proper sealing. Many homeowners are not aware that grout sealing is not a one-off task, however. Before having it sealed, always have the grout professionally cleaned, and as mentioned, it is recommended that you have your grout sealed at least once a year.
Seal Test for Tile & Grout
You can determine if your sealant is still intact. For signs of old sealer, inspect the grout. Though present, it is beginning to weaken, necessitating resealing if the sealer is peeling or haziness indicates old membrane-forming. If there is no evidence, fill a spray bottle with water and set it the mist setting. With a fine mist of water, spray the grout. For two or three minutes, allow it to set on the grout. The grout is properly sealed if the water beads or flows. The grout hasn’t been sealed or the old sealer has broken down and is no longer protecting the grout if the grout darkens or absorbs the water.