Tiles are one of the most common materials that tie the home elements together. Tiles are not just for beauty and aesthetics but functionality as well. Kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms are often adorned in tile because they are durable, waterproof, and easy to clean. In order for them to remain in tip-top shape, your grout and tile must be taken care of properly.
What is Grout?
Grout is a concrete mixture that is a thick, liquid-like substance. It is used to install tiles to surfaces such as walls and floors. It is also used as a filler in between tiles. The purpose of grout is to keep tiles and mosaics sturdy and in place, while also providing a crisp, finished appearance. Grout keeps dirt and debris from getting caught in between or underneath your tiles.
Wear and Tear
Although tile is durable and waterproof, they are not immune to basic wear and tear. Whether your tiles are laminate, porcelain, or natural stone, they need to be well maintained and taken care of. If your beautiful floors are neglected, your grout can fail, which causes a lot of issues for your tiles. Tiles go through a lot. Grout is extremely porous, making it susceptible to trapping moisture and dirt. They undergo heavy foot traffic, scooting furniture, and lots of scuffing. Not only do tiles get scratched up, but they also get messy very easily. Shoes track in dirt and mud on entryway tiles. Kitchen tiles get dirty from food and lots of company. Bathroom and shower tiles have the risk of water damage, mildew, or mold. Over time all that filth, dirt, grime, and scratches can lead to the deterioration of your grout and tile.
Signs of Grout Failure
Failing grout is never a good thing. It takes away from the tile's beauty, can be a breeding ground for bacteria, and takes away the waterproof aspect of your tile. Failing grout and tiles can turn into a safety issue due to tripping areas. If you are wondering about the state of your grout, there are several things to keep your eye out for.
Small holes in your grout
Grout is powdery and deteriorating
Visibly cracked grout coming out from between your tiles
Loose or broken tiles
Tiles are missing altogether
Mold and Mildew (especially in places like shower grout)
Getting Your Tile and Grout Sealed
Luckily, there is a simple way to protect your tiles from the dreaded wear and tear. The best thing to do for your tile and grout is to get it sealed after cleaning! Even the cleanest tile and grout will trap dirt and moisture without sealing. Zerorez® Carpet Cleaning uses a POWERFUL Nano-Tech sealer to create an invisible barrier for your floors. This sealer protects your floors while also giving them a finished, polished look. It makes surfaces easier to wipe up and protects your floors from the scratches and scuffs that are bound to happen.
Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning
When it comes to cleaning your tile and grout, using harmful detergents, soaps, and chemicals can end up doing more harm than good. Due to the porous nature of grout, it can absorb heavy mop water as well, which can cause strain and damage to your floors. Opting for professional tile cleaning on occasion will help your tiles last longer.
Zerorez® Carpet Cleaning not only specializes in cleaning carpets but tiles as well! Our professional technicians use advanced cleaning equipment and Powered Water®. Powered Water® is a powerful cleaning solution that is safe for your kids, pets, and the environment. It is free of harsh chemicals, soaps, and detergents. The Zerorez Process® offers the best of both worlds: it loosens embedded dirt and grime in your tile without damaging them! Plus, the process will leave behind Zero Residue®, leaving behind no buildup or chemical filth. Your tiles will be sparkling clean! With Zerorez®, you have a lot to gain and nothing to lose.