Wednesday November 8, 2017
Your tile works hard. It gets stepped on, covered with sticky stuff, and scratched with sand and dirt. And that’s on a good day. Over time, the grout darkens, and the surface loses its luster. To make matters worse, even when you get down on your hands and knees with a toothbrush, cleaner, and lots of elbow grease, it just never looks clean. Fortunately, you can bring that tile back to looking good as new by having it cleaned by a professional.
There are good reasons why the professional tile cleaners get results that you can’t match. The most important reason is that their technicians are specially trained and have access to equipment and cleaners that are specially designed to get the job done the right way. Their tools are designed to remove the waxy build-up that dulls its finish, and their special tools can remove the dirt and grime that gets embedded in the grout lines.
You may not have realized that grout is a porous material. That means that whatever is spilled or poured on it can seep deep down. High traffic areas are a particular problem since the ground in sand and dirt causes your grout to darken. You can try to scrub it out and may get the top layer, but unless you have access to professional tile cleaning equipment, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to get deep enough to remove it all. In your quest to return your tile to its former glory, you will likely turn to cleaners such as bleach that will damage the grout and make it more susceptible to staining.
Maintaining your tile on a regular basis can help extend the life of your floors. When you remove caked on dirt and grime, you help reduce the damage caused by wear and tear. You also have a better chance of catching potential trouble areas that may develop into more serious problems in the future. You might even find that the tile you were longing to replace doesn’t look so bad after all.
Besides making your tile sparkle and your house smell better, clean tile is healthy tile. Poorly ventilated bathrooms and shower areas are a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Many products are advertised to kill the bacteria that causes mold to grow, few that are available to consumers actually get the job done. Kitchen backsplashes and those corners you miss in your weekly mopping are also trouble spots. A professionally cleaned tile will not just look better; it will be more hygienic for you and your family.
Establishing an annual or semi-annual professional cleaning routine for your tile will ensure that your floors are just as beautiful as they were when they were new. Your home will be healthier, and you may even find that your regular mopping and cleaning aren’t as hard as they used to be.