Tile and grout are popularly used in homes all over the U.S. because of the increased resistance to many natural elements and the countless styles, colors, textures, and patterns it is available in. Early deterioration of the grout can still happen though tile and grout are generally a more durable option. The common causes of early grout deterioration to help you avoid it is what we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to share today.
Contact with High Moisture Consistently
Being constantly exposed to excessive moisture can be bad for the grout though more resistant compared to other options. As it is a very porous material grout easily absorbs moisture and debris. Mold growth is encouraged with moisture, which accelerates the grouts decay and potentially puts you, family members, and pets’ health at risk.
Grout Deterioration Prevention Tips
Even in rooms with high-moisture content such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, the potential deterioration grout can sustain from moisture can be avoided. Invest in expert deep tile and grout cleanings in addition to your own efforts. You will need more frequent cleanings in rooms subject to high moisture content or if you live in high humidity where moisture tends to cling to all surfaces. Before placing them on tile floors, always hang damp or wet rugs to dry and never let them or wet towels linger overly longer. Be sure to promptly clean it up after a shower or accident spill. Where applicable take advantage of the exhaust fans.
Importance of Tile & Grout Sealing
When tile and grout is first installed, the installer should apply sealant. The sealants provide a barrier to help it resist moisture and debris absorption, being that grout and tile, is very porous and can absorb nearly anything. As sealant wear over time and use, sealants should be reapplied once a year following a deep professional cleaning, typically. You will need sealant applications more frequent in popular areas.
Tiled Floor Sealant Tip
Drop an ounce of water over a selected area that includes both tile and grout to test if the sealant is intact. If after waiting a few moments, dark water spots form, it indicates that the sealant has worn away, and you need a new coating of sealant, however, if the water beads up instead on the surface, it suggests that the sealant is in good shape.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
Especially natural stone, will prompt early deterioration of your grout and even tile, the use of the harsh or wrong chemicals to wash and treat your tile. Professional tile and grout cleaning one or more times of year in addition to your floor washing, make sure to invest in your deep.
Always use a mild cleaner that is appropriate to the type of tile you have when you clean your tile and grout.
Ensure your tile type is included in safe cleaning applications by inspecting the label. If you are ever unsure as to what to use, stick to using plain water to wipe away spots and residues.