Tile & Grout Cleaning
There are a variety of ways to clean your tile and grout, and the best option depends on your particular situation. For that reason, it’s wise to consult a tile and grout cleaning professional to make sure that you’re pursuing the best possible course of action to guarantee that your tile and grout maintain an attractive appearance.
Grout sealing. Sealing your grout is essential for preventing stains, mold, and mildew. Grout is a very porous substance, and thus it absorbs liquids very easily. Grout should be resealed about every two years to ensure maximum protection or annually for grout that is subject to lots of water, such as in the shower. In addition, grout should be resealed after every deep cleaning.
Steam cleaning. The most common, professional way to clean tile and grout is through a steam, or deep-extraction, method. This method utilizes high-pressure, heated water to separate the dirt from the surface. As this is happening, a vacuum attached to the steam cleaner removes the grime for good. While this will clean your tile and grout, it will not remove any stain, and may even uncover stains previously hidden by surface dirt.
Moldy grout. Though sealing your grout is an important precaution to take, it will not completely prevent mold and mildew from forming, especially if the grout experiences a lot of moisture. Sometimes mold and mildew will even develop from behind the grout due to improperly installed backer board. If mold and mildew is a continual problem for your grout, you should consult a tile and grout cleaning professional to discuss your options. He or she may suggest a cleaning regimen or possibly even grout replacement.