Stone and tiles are a stunning and durable choice of flooring and walls for kitchens, bathrooms and living areas. Although tiles are generally easy to clean and require little maintenance, the grout between tiles can become discolored and dirty over time. While tiles and stone are generally water resistant and impermeable, grout is slightly porous. This means that it can absorb dirt, mold, bacteria and grime over time, which not only means your grout is no longer white, it’s no longer clean either. Here we look at the most effective way to get grout truly clean again and whiter than ever.
The Disadvantages of Home Treatments
Home treatments for grout whitening include using vinegar, bleach, scrubbing brushes, baking soda and other commercial solutions to clean and whiten grout. There are disadvantages to these treatments and care needs to be taken when using them. Acid based treatments such as using vinegar can gradually erode and eat away and the grout, requiring you to re-grout your tiled surfaces over time. Bleaching products such as chlorine bleach, baking soda and other commercial products may temporarily ‘whiten’ the grout, but don’t fix the underlying issue such as removing mold and dirt. Scrubbing also erodes grout and requires extensive work and effort. These drawbacks make these techniques the less preferable options when it comes to whitening and cleaning grout and tiles.
Why You Should Seal Your Tiles and Grout
Because home cleaning methods for tiles and grout have some drawbacks, it’s best to minimize their use. As they say, ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is where the role of tile and grout sealing is so important. Sealing tiles and grout reduces their permeability to mold, dirt, bacteria and other stains. Sealing helps to prevent staining and keeps your tiles clean and grout whiter for longer. Always keep your grout sealed, and reseal it after cleaning when the protective sealant might be scrubbed or washed off.
Why Professional Tile And Grout Cleaning Works
Professional tile and grout cleaning is a unique high powered technique that’s more effective than home cleaning techniques. The professional tile cleaning process uses commercial cleaning techniques and solutions to target deeply ingrained dirt and mold from within grout. Using high quality cleaning solutions and deep scrubbing machines or high pressure sprayers, dirt and mold are extracted from deep in your grout and tiles. This helps to instantly whiten your grout while keeping your stone, tiles and grout clean and hygienic. Because this commercial technique is more thorough, you don’t need to clean as often. That means your grout seal stays intact and your grout stays whiter and cleaner.
Professional stone, tile and grout cleaning also saves you from the often laborious work involved in scrubbing and cleaning your own tiles.
Getting your grout white and keeping it that way means prioritizing deep, professional tile and grout cleaning and sealing grout to prolong the effects. Avoid harsh cleaners or acid based cleaners to maintain your grout and keep it looking beautiful for longer.