Due to the increased resistance to many natural elements and the countless styles, colors, textures, and patterns it is available in, tile and grout are popularly used in homes all over the U.S. Tile and grout are generally a more durable option, however, there are common mistakes can cause the grout to deteriorate early. Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to help you avoid early grout deterioration by sharing the most common causes.
Poor Installation and / or Insufficient Grout Maintenance
At the time of installation, the expert should apply sealant to the tile and grout. Since grout and tile is very porous and can absorb nearly anything, the sealants provide a barrier to help it resist moisture and debris absorption. Additionally, sealants should be reapplied once a year generally after a deep professional cleaning as sealant wear over time and use. There are some areas that may need to be sealed more often than others.
Not Maintaining Sealant
To test if the sealant is intact, drop an ounce of water over a selected area on both tile and grout. The sealant is efficient if the water beads up on the surface, on the other hand, if dark water spots form after a few minutes wait, it indicates that the sealant has worn away, and you need a new coating of sealant.
Exposure to High Levels of Moisture
Though most resistant compared to other options, long-term and excessive moisture can be bad for the grout. As mentioned, grout is very porous, allowing moisture and debris is easily absorbed into the grout. In addition to the grouts expedited decay, the mold growth that comes from moisture can puts you, family members, and pets’ health at risk.
Grout Deterioration Prevention
The potential deterioration grout can sustain from moisture can be avoided even in rooms with high-moisture content such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. In addition to your own efforts invest in expert deep tile and grout cleanings. In rooms subject to high moisture content or if you live in high humidity where moisture tends to cling to all surfaces, you will need to clean it more frequently. Always hang damp or wet rugs to dry before placing them on tile floors and never let them or wet towels linger. After a shower or accident spill, make certain to promptly clean it up. Where applicable, use exhaust fans.
Use of Harsh Chemical
The use of the harsh or wrong chemicals to wash and treat your tile and will prompt early deterioration of your grout and even tile, especially with natural stone. Professional tile and grout cleaning one or more times of year in addition to your floor washing, invest in your deep.
Proper Tile & Grout Cleaning
When you clean your tile and grout, always use a mild cleaner that is appropriate to the type of tile you have. Check the label and ensure your tile type is included in safe cleaning applications. Stick using plain water to wipe away spots and residues if you are ever unsure as to what to use.