Why Should I Seal the Grout on My Tile Floor?
Sealing the grout that is helping hold floor tile together and in place is often an afterthought for many homeowners. And when they do think about it they tend to balk at spending any money having it done, after all, when it gets a bit dirty you can always spend a little time cleaning it with a toothbrush or something similar, and all that will cost you is a bit of your time.
There are more good reasons to opt for grout sealing, especially for tile flooring, than just keeping it cleaner though. The simple fact is that unsealed grout is prone to allowing all of the following problems to develop:
Moisture works into the grout, loosening its seal on the tile, leading to loose tiles.
Moisture works into the grout and mold and mildew begin to grow within it.
Imposture works into the grout and mold and mildew begin to grow underneath the tiles.
The grout becomes so grimy that a week with a toothbrush couldn’t get it clean.
Ready to get a little more serious about the idea of grout sealing now? We thought so.
Most of the grout used in the average home is what is usually referred to as sanded grout. That is a slightly grammatically incorrect way to indicate that it is a substance that contains a lot of sand. Sand is obviously very porous, which means that the grout holding your tiles together will absorb a lot of the moisture in the air around it, as well as dirt, dust and debris and so even with regular mopping the grout lines in your ceramic flooring can be very dirty very quickly.
The Downsides of Daily Mopping
The way you take care of a tile floor can add to a grimy grout problem. If, like many, you damp mop your floor, then all too often you will not be removing dirt from floor but simply spreading it around. And if the sealant on your grout is old and worn, or does not exist at all you will be forcing grime deeper into it with every pass of the mop.
What’s The Best Solution?
Fortunately fairly simple tweaks to the way you care for your ceramic tile floor can help keep both the tile itself and the grout helping to hold it together cleaner, longer. If you are still considering having a residential flooring contractor in Dayton, Ohio install new tiling for you it will be a service that is offered that should not be passed up. If yours is an older floor ask that same company about grout resealing services, so you can start afresh.
After everything is clean and sealed, make a tweak to the way you mop your tile floor. Make sure that you rinse away all traces of any detergent solution you use and perhaps most importantly, dry the floor after you mop (which can be achieved with a clean, dry mop) rather than leaving it to air dry.
All of this takes extra effort of course but we promise you’ll be very pleasantly surprised by the difference in the overall appearance of your tile flooring as a whole, including that grimy grout.