Tile and grout are commonly used in households across the country because of the increased resistance to many natural elements as well the countless colors, styles, textures, and patterns available. Despite tile and grout being a hardy option, early deterioration can occur and to help you avoid it, we at Tough Carpet Cleaning would like to share the top causes of early grout deterioration.
Incomplete Tile & Grout Installation & Maintenance
When tile and grout is first installed, the installer should apply sealant. Sealing the tile and grout provides a barrier to help it resist moisture and debris, as grout and tile, is very porous and can absorb nearly anything. Over time and use, sealants need to be reapplied, usually annually but it may require it more often.
Need for Grout Sealing
In a small area that includes both tile and grout, drop an ounce or so of water on the surface. Wait a few moments, if the water simply beads up, the sealant is still active; however, if there are dark water spots that form, the sealant has dissipated, and the tile and grout need a new coat.
Harsh Chemical Cleaners on Tile & Grout
When people use the wrong or harsh chemicals to clean the tile, especially natural stone tile, grout and tile deterioration is highly likely to occur early. Washing your tile and grout with approved cleaners in addition to professional cleaning 1-3 times a year keeps your floors clean. Be sure use a mild, appropriate cleaner for the type of tile you have. The product clearly states the type of natural stone on the label. Stick to using only plain water to wash away spots and residues if you are not sure if the product can be safely used.
Grout has Too Much Moisture Exposure
Excessive exposure can still be detrimental to grout, despite it often chosen for the better moisture resistance it offers. As mentioned, grout is highly porous, and easily absorbs the moisture. Overtime and exposure, the grout starts to crack and crumble from the growth mold and bacteria that will likely occur. In addition to the early deterioration affects, the mold and bacteria growth will easily affect you and your family members, including pets, health.
Grout Cracking Prevention
Particularly in rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, there are a few simple solutions to avoid early grout deterioration caused by moisture. As mentioned, be sure to invest in professional cleanings 1 to 3 times a year in addition to your own routine maintenance; more often in rooms subject to high moisture content or if you live in high humidity where moisture tends to cling to all surfaces. Do not let damp or wet rugs sit on the floor, hang them to dry before replacing them. Be sure to avoid letting wet towels stay on the floor too long as well. Promptly dry the floor after a shower and clean up any spills. If possible, do not wear wet shoes on the tile and grout flooring, or leave them to dry there. In rooms where there is high moisture content, utilize exhaust fans where applicable.