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A Word Or Two On Grout Cleaning

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There are many reasons that motivate homeowners to go for tile floors. One reason is the easy availability of natural or machine made tiles in a number of designs and colors. The second reason is – it’s easy to maintain them as the only thing you need to do (from time to time) is grout cleaning. Tiles have a very pleasant look, if they are installed professionally and cleaned regulary. Plus, they score high in terms of cost and durability, which are two main selling points of any type of flooring actually.

Why folks prefer tile floors?

It’s quite normal we prefer having tile floors because of the common belief that tile floors are far easier to clean and maintain. This could be true of the tiles themselves, as they often have a glossy wipe clean surface, but the floor can still get an unacceptable look, mostly because of stains on the grout. When you think about it, this is actually the hardest part when it comes to maintenance. Everything else is as easy as eating a pancake.

Grout CleaningThe grout is a building material, generally used to fill gaps and seal joints quite like those between tiles. Its composition is a mixture of cement, sand and water and is a porous substance. Though it finds many applications, one often sees it on any tiled floor or wall.

You must have noticed that the grout is most often at a lower level, though very slightly, than the surface level of the tiles, and it is here that the spillages will collect. Now, tiled floorings are frequently used in washrooms and kitchens. So, spillages are common and the porosity facilitates quick staining of grout, even if the spillage is cleaned up just about immediately. This is a common occurence and that’s just how it happens in every home – don’t think you did something wrong during the installation or that you didn’t clean your tile floor properly.

Preventive measures

Though you can take some preventative measures to stop the dirt and stains from building up, sealing the grout is the most practical option. The sealant may be a clear one or it could be a color grout sealer. It’s worth consulting with a company specializing in machine tile grout cleaning, and seek their opinion and recommendation.

As you can see from this video, color grout sealer offers quite a few benefits. It’s odor free, eliminates tonal and color variations that might have developed, provides waterproof and durable protection, and on the whole reduces the amount of desired maintenance work needed to have a clean grout.

Color grout sealer enables you to modify the color of the grout or, should you so desire, match the color that the grout or existing sealer already has. It is suggested that the job be entrusted to a professional, but if you have patience and are willing to do some work, you can do grout cleaning on your own.

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