Tile is a very popular and versatile option for flooring. While most kitchens and bathrooms are outfitted with tile floors, more and more homeowners are choosing to use tile throughout their entire house. Tile floors are durable, long lasting, they cut down on dust production, help keep your home free of dust mites and other irritants, and are easy to keep clean. However, even with thorough routine cleaning, tile can start to become less lustrous over time. Dirt, grease, and grime may, over time, make your tile start to lose its sparkle, especially the grout.
The grout is the mortar found between the individual tiles. Most of the time, grout becomes stained because it was either not properly sealed with a grout sealant when the tile was first put down, or because the sealant has worn off with time. Normal foot traffic will almost always wear off this sealant over time. Once the sealant is compromised, the grout is susceptible to staining.
Regularly cleaning your tile floors will ensure that they last longer, as well as look good longer. Sweeping and mopping tile floors on a weekly basis will keep dirt, stains, and grime from building up on the tiles themselves and in the grout between them. Regular floor cleaning will also help keep your home healthier by cutting back tremendously on the amount of irritants, such as mold, mildew, and bacteria, which also allows for cleaner, fresher air quality within the home. Using cleaning products on your floors will rid your home of these irritants. Be sure to properly read the labels on all cleaning products you use in your home, for certain combinations of chemicals can be hazardous to your health. For example, you can clean your floors with bleach or ammonia, but combing the two chemicals can be extremely dangerous, and should never be used together.
Hiring a Professional
With proper routine maintenance, your tile flooring will last a long time before needing professional cleaning. Most often, it is the grout that requires the cleaning first, and many carpet-cleaning companies offer tile and grout cleaning services. Whether your tile needs new sealant due to age, or the tile was not properly sealed in the first place, these professional services can both thoroughly clean your flooring as well as add new sealant to the tile and grout. Many of these professional services will remove dirt and bacteria from both the tile and grout, leaving it in like new condition. A professional grade sealant is then applied to the grout to ensure maximum protection.