Are your tile walls and floors looking a bit outdated? Are the grout lines stained, moldy, or just simply too dirty to ever really feel like you can get them clean? Dirty grout is unattractive and unsanitary and many people think that in order to deal with this issue they have to replace the tile. However, tile replacement is extremely costly and averages between $5 and $15 a square foot to replace. However, this heavy cost can be avoided. Instead, you can have your grout professionally cleaned.
Issues With DIY Grout Cleaning
When you scrub your shower, backsplash, or flooring, it can often feel like you aren’t actually getting the grout clean. This is because of two main reasons:
- Grout is extremely porous, so it soaks up any dirt, oils, and minerals from hard water. It also stains very easily. Plus mold and mildew collect easily in the grout. It’s very hard to clean deep enough in the grout to remove all of these problems, especially without professional tools.
- Grout cleaners are often very ineffective. The natural cleaners can do a decent job of cleaning the surface dirt, but do not get deep enough into the grout. The chemical cleaners are usually very corrosive and can also remove some of the dirt, but they simultaneously erode the grout and tile surfaces. Harsh chemical cleaners can lead to damage and cracking over time. If you use scouring pads or brushes, they can also cause the grout to degrade.
Thus it is best to call an expert to tackle tough grout dirt and stains.
How Does Professional Grout Cleaning Work
Professional grout cleaning is a very detailed and deep cleaning of the grout. Professionals use specialized tools that can get into the porous surface of the grout and clean out any gunk or build up. They also use softer cleaners that don’t degrade the grout lines. Next, professional cleaners will help fix and damage and make sure that no mold or mildew is able to grow under the tile. Finally, professional cleaning includes a finish wash of a natural sealant that can help your grout resist any more dirt or stains.
How Often Should I Have My Grout Professionally Cleaned?
A deep professional grout cleaning should be done twice a year for average use. In heavy trafficked areas, it’s a good idea to have professional cleaning more often. Having your grout professionally cleaned can extend the life of your tiles, not only because it protects the grout but because it strengthens the grout making your tiles less vulnerable to cracking or becoming loose. Your tiles will look better and last longer.
If you want to refresh the look of your tile flooring, walls, or backsplash, skip the expensive tile renovation that will cost you thousands. Instead, give our team at Cleanerus a call. Our floor cleaning experts have all the tools and know-how to give your grout a thorough cleaning and make your floors look new again.