Tile and grout are popularly used in homes all over the U.S. due to 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.
Excess Moisture in Grout
Long-term and excessive moisture can be bad for grouts. Since it is a very porous material, moisture and debris are easily absorbed into the grout. The grouts’ decay is expedited and potentially puts you, family members, and pets’ health at risk of the mold growth that comes from moisture.
How Do You Make Grout Last Longer?
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. Never let wet towels linger linger on tile and always hang damp or wet rugs to dry. Make certain to promptly clean it up after a shower or accidental spill. Use exhaust fans where applicable.
Insufficient Installation and/or Maintenance of Tile & Grout Floors
When tile and grout is first installed, the installer should apply sealant. Sealants provide a barrier to help grout resist moisture and debris absorption since grout is very porous and can absorb nearly anything. Following a deep professional cleaning as sealant wears over time and use, sealants should be reapplied once a year generally. You will need sealant applications more frequently in high traffic areas.
How Do You Test Grout Sealer?
Including both tile and grout, drop an ounce of water over a selected area to test if the sealant is intact. if the water beads up instead on the surface, it suggests that the sealant is in good shape. However, after waiting a few moments, if dark water spots forms, this indicates that the sealant has worn away, and you need a new coating of sealant.
Best Tile & Grout Cleaner
Especially with natural stone, the use of harsh or wrong chemicals to wash and treat your tile will contribute to early deterioration of your grout and even tile. In addition to your floor washing, invest in deep, professional tile and grout cleaning one or more times a year. Always use a mild cleaner that is appropriate to the type of tile you have when you clean your tile and grout. Make sure to check the label and ensure your tile type is included in safe cleaning applications. If you are ever unsure as to what to use, stick using plain water to wipe away spots and residues.