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  • Preserving Your Grout: Three Tips for Helping it Last

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    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.

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