Preserving Your Grout: Three Tips for Helping it Last

Red wine spilled on a tile floor

Preserving Your Grout: Three Tips for Helping it Last

When it comes to making your house looking nice, many of us don’t think to look down at our feet. Instead, we’re often more preoccupied with things like the interior design and the appliances that decorate our home. Because of this, the appearance of your grout often goes unnoticed until it gets too filthy to avoid any longer. The fact is, though, that dingy and grimy grout can quickly cause your home to look unkempt. While we here at Grout Brothers are your trusted experts at cleaning and installing tile and grout, there are also a few things that you can do at home to help maintain the appearance of your tile grout for years to come.

Don’t Let Messes Linger

Unlike carpet, tile is a little bit more durable against food and pet stains. If you accidentally drop something onto your tile floor, you can easily wipe it up with a towel. However, just because it’s easier to keep your tiles clean, you still need to act fast if you do spill something on it. The longer these messes linger – particularly deeply colored ones like red wine, for instance – the greater your risk of staining the grout.

Protect It from Unnecessary Moisture

Your tiles need to be cleaned fairly regularly, and while it’s admittedly pretty challenging to clean your tiles without a little bit of water, you definitely don’t want to overdo it. You want to be sure you avoid bathing your tiles in excessive liquid, as it can actually harm them. Not only does too much water make it harder to clean it, but it also exposes your tiles and grout to mold. Water can seep beneath the tile, leading to decay and eventually ruining your tiles.

Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals on It

While it’s tempting to want to really scrub your grout with strong cleansers, this idea can quickly backfire. Excessively strong solvents can damage the grout, causing pitting or other issues. You should also avoid cleaning products with dyes in them, as they can stain the grout. Finally, avoid using abrasive cleaning tools (such as steel wool), as it can etch the surface of your tile. Instead, stick with soft cloths and mops to clean them.

Professional Grout Cleaning Services

If you’ve been doing your part in keeping your grout clean, but it’s still looking a little bit careworn and dirty, then it may be overdue for a professional cleaning. As a family-owned business, we take pride in restoring the appearance of your grout and tiles to help keep it looking its very best. To schedule an appointment with us for a thorough cleaning and restoration of your tiles and grout, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!

Grout That Crackles and Pops Leads to Health Risks

cracks in the grout on shower tile

What Causes Grout to Snap, Crackle, and Pop

Grout is designed to protect the edges of your tile by keeping them tightly pressed against one
another. Stepping on loose, cracked, or crumbly grout is not only uncomfortable on your feet,
but it’s a sign of a bigger problem. Loose, cracked, or crumbly grout is unsightly and can lead to
more extensive issues with your tile floors. Once grout is loose or becomes cracked, it can
spread throughout the entire floor at a rapid pace, causing tiles to lift and move.
There are actually several factors that cause grout to crack and crumble. Aside from poor initial
installation, in Sarasota, Florida, there are a few common factors we see that causes grout
problems. If you’re experiencing loose grout, keep reading to see if any of these causes fit your
situation.

Grout Damage Caused by Humidity and Harsh Cleaners

Household cleaners such as ammonia, bleach, soap-based and acid-based cleaners are not
designed for grout and tile. Using the wrong tile and grout sealing and cleaning routing can ruin
the aesthetic appeal of your floor and cause more damage than meets the eye.
Most grout used in homes is cement based and comes in sanded and un-sanded varieties. This
grout is expensive and, by nature, is porous. In order to keep moisture at bay and ensure it
doesn’t seep beneath the tiles, the grout must be properly sealed. What many don’t’ realize is
even when cement-based grout is properly sealed, it can lose its seal over time and needs to be
reapplied.

In the blazing heat of Florida, there are a few tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years in
order to avoid grout damage caused by humidity and heat:

 Keep the grout cool before mixing and using it by storing it in cool areas.
 Don’t mix the grout with excessive amounts of water.
 Avoid mid-day grouting.
 Lightly dampen the tile with cool water prior to grouting.
 Choose a grout formulated to retain moisture and promote proper curing.

Unsealed Grout Leads to Severe Water Damage

Moisture trapped in grout causes another issue, one that can lead to serious health issues for
members of your household – black mold. Porous grout absorbs moisture; especially in a
shower where there is always moisture. Even steam creates enough moisture to find its way
into the porous grout, eventually weakening it, or even causing the growth of black mold and
other fungi. This not only leads to the grout cracking and crumbling, but it can put your
household at serious risk.

This, among other reasons, is why professionals are always recommended for tile and grout
cleaning and sealing and more.
Grout Restoration and Grout Sealing in Sarasota, Florida

If the grout in your home begins to crack and crumble, all is not lost. Many times, a remodel and
renovation are not even necessary, as long as you take action when you notice a problem. In
most cases, a simple grout restoration and grout sealing, or re-sealing, will do the trick
Grout restoration is a process that involves completely cleaning and re-coloring grout lines and
replacing worn-out grout to restore your grout lines to their original state of functionality and
aesthetics. Grout sealing is the process of applying a sealant that will prevent future damage
from exposure to moisture and other elements that can be detrimental to grout.
Grout Brothers is a company you can depend on for the best grout restoration and grout sealing
services in Sarasota, Florida and surrounding areas. Currently, we offer man-made tile cleaning,
stone tile cleaning and polishing, grout and stone tile sealing, color sealing, grout repairs and
grout staining services.

If you’re thinking about getting your tile and/or grout cleaned and restored, then look no further.
We can guarantee you that you will not be disappointed with the results that we provide. A
typical grout restoration and grout sealing process can be done in a day. Give us a call or
contact us online to book an appointment.

GROUT Cleaning and Sealing A One-Two Solution

Grout Cleaning and Sealing A One-Two Solution

Many companies will help you to improve aging tile in your home or property. But they do it in different ways.

Here’s what we mean – a company can come in and scrub down the tile floor as part of a general cleaning contract, and leave, and the tile still looks awful.

Let’s take this scenario – even if the tile is fairly new and doesn’t have cracked or broken areas, the grout in between the tile just has gotten dingy and off-color over time. Small stains make the tile look bad.

Now, the key here is that a fully thorough tile cleaning and sealing service will help tile look like new for quite a long time.

Cleaning the Grout

At Grout Brothers, when we come in to thoroughly fix a client’s grout problems, we manually scrub the grout with specialized brush equipment and let special chemicals soak in for a certain amount of time, in a process that we’ve researched and developed to be effective on aged tile.

This takes out a lot of the loose dirt, but that’s only the first part of the process. We use steam cleaning and pressurized water to get contaminants off of the grout and promote better, consistently clean-looking surfaces. Think of it as taking a mini pressure washer to your tile, albeit with the right pressure limitations and calibrating to clean without damaging tile areas.

Sealing the Grout

We have various options available to customers for sealing their grout – but one of them is extremely effective in many cases of worn or tired-looking grout. It’s called color sealing.

Here’s the idea in a nutshell – by using a color sealer, you override the color fluctuations in the grout to make it look consistent. If you have stained areas that are going to be white and off-white regardless of how much scrubbing and cleaning gets done, the color sealing puts an overlay of a specific shade on all of the grout, and that consistency makes it look brand-new for years afterward.

You can see what we mean on our website, or ask us questions about specific tile cleaning processes. The bottom line is that you’re going to get those long-term effective solutions for making areas look spotless that regular tile cleaning companies simply can’t achieve, because they haven’t invested in the tools and equipment. That’s why owners of so many high-end properties in the Sarasota FL area call us when they need longer-term tile and grout cleaning, not just the usual everyday stuff. When you get effective cleaning and sealing, you get a lot more out of all of the money that you spent installing and designing tile floors in the first place.