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.
The 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.
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.
These days you get a variety of tiles, both man made and natural also, and each has its own characteristics suitable for different applications. Needless to say, they react different to various tile grout cleaning methods. Machine made tiles have a glossy finish, though you get them in rough finish too and are manufactured to have the looks of natural stone. Tiles made from stone and slate are often used for flooring and cleaning or maintenance of a tile floor is considered convenient than a wooden floor or a carpet.
A tiled floor does give the impression of being wipe-cleanable and such flooring, if professionally installed, will often prove better in terms of cost durability. They also have a common characteristic by way of the tile grout used to fill the spaces between the tiles. As far as maintenance and having a clean floor is concerned, it may be more important to pay attention to the grout than the tiles themselves.
Grout is a building material, its main constituents being sand, cement and water and is as a result a highly porous material vulnerable to staining. If at all, it gets marked, it often gives an uneven and disappointing appearance to the flooring that may be too difficult to clean. To begin with, it’s imperative that the grout be applied properly. In the case of slate and natural stone, it is desirable getting it done by a professional.
On having a closer look at your tiles you’ll observe that the grout is frequently buried at a lower level lower than the surface level of the tiles, though very minutely. So as a result of any spillage, it is here at the lower level, that the liquid will flow. As tiles are most often used in areas like washrooms or kitchens where spillages are quite likely, your maintenance efforts are particularly vital.
You should start by applying a good sealer. A sealer may be applied to both the tiles and the grout, though there are available special sealers only for grout. A sealer offers an extra layer of protection, thus making the grout less porous and less liable to staining. It will be wise to approach some company dealing with tile grout cleaning and seek its recommendation for an appropriate sealer.
To assist your maintenance efforts, normal sweeping and vacuuming followed by washing, using warm water and perhaps an occasional bit of detergent, will help to keep the floor clean. It’s very important to clean the spillages then and there without any delay. For getting rid of any markings on the grout, use one of the special products available, though people often use shaving cream.
Over a period of time you may find it difficult to get the floor rid of the stains or accumulated dirt and bacteria. Under such situations it will be worth entrusting the job to professional grout cleaning companies who employ modern machines and techniques to restore the grout to its original state. You may also consider the application of a color grout sealer to give a slightly changed look to your tile floor.