How to Prevent Tile and Grout Stains
Stains in your tile or grout can make your floors look dingy and your countertops look dull. With some proactive maintenance, you can save a lot of trouble down the road. Worn or moldy grout will eventually need to be replaced and could compromise the waterproofing of your kitchen or bathroom. Here is how you can prevent tile and grout stains.
Dirt, dust, and grime can accumulate and settle into grout. If they are left to accumulate for too long, they can start to wear down the seal and start penetrating your grout. Making sure you sweep or vacuum regularly will help to cut down this risk.
Tiles in your kitchen and bath are designed to be waterproof, but that doesn’t mean they’ll always stay that way. Some preventative maintenance can help to keep the grout sealed for years to come. You don’t have to worry about a major scrub down after every shower, but taking a moment to dry the surface of tiles. Pay particular attention to corners or areas where water might pool – standing water will speed up the breakdown of your grout and caulking, and promotes the growth of mold and mildew.
Many common cleaners can break down your grout. Harsh cleaners like bleach or ammonia can weaken your tile surfaces and lead to the regrowth of more mold and mildew in the future. It is best to use a pH neutral solution that is made specifically for cleaning tiles.
The surface of your tiles is sealed when it is first installed, but you will want to re-seal your tiles at regular intervals to keep them protected from moisture. The frequency of sealing your tiles will depend on a few factors, like the frequency of use and the original sealant used.
To make sure you’re using the right sealant and using the right method for application, contact The Grout Specialist today.