10 FAQs answered about tile and grout cleaning
December 5, 2018
Cleaning is an interesting task, some people enjoy it, but on the other hand, some don’t enjoy it quite as much. Tile and grout cleaning is a type of cleaning that doesn’t usually come to our mind when we hear the word ‘cleaning’, but a home needs to be clean and hygienic. There are some common questions that pop-up in people’s mind about tile and grout cleaning. Here are some of those common FAQ and their answers.
- How much time does grout take to dry?
On an average it takes about 24 hours for the sealant to seal in and the grout to get well attached to the ground. At least 30 minutes waiting time should be given before stepping a foot on newly tiled and grouted floor.
- Why is it important to seal grout lines?
Because grout itself is porous and can’t repel liquids and other materials. The sealant works as a barrier and keeps away the dirt, grime, and spills. There is an advantage in using grouts and seals, because the grout works as a filler and gets attached, while the sealant provides insulation. It makes cleaning easier.
- Can mold and mildew be cleaned off tiles and grout?
Yes. There is a deep cleaning method particularly applicable for old tiles and grouts. When these are left untouched for a long time, it becomes covered in mold and mildew but it is possible to clean it with the proper technique and materials.
- How often should tile and grout be cleaned?
This can’t be answered specifically due a number of reasons. It depends on factors like how much toll the tiles have taken (it’s different for kitchens and bathrooms, compared to the living room), if there any pet in the house, if there are children in the house, and how the tiles have been maintained. If the grout is sealed off with a sealant, less cleaning will be necessary. However, it takes about 2 to 5 years to clean grouts and tiles on an average.
- Can grout colours be changed?
Yes. There is a stain sealing process which allows the grout colours to be changed. It can be both darkened and lightened.
- What is the necessity of cleaning tile and grout professionally, when it can be done at home?
Over time, the tile and grout will fade away, get discoloured and start to wear slowly with the years of dirt and grime build-up. There are marks, stains and tints so deeply embedded which the normal household cleaners will not be able to take off. Also, professional cleaners have professional and heavy duty equipment with which they can perform tile and grout cleaning effectively. It is not feasible for someone to buy these machines just for cleaning home tiles and grout cleaning. Moreover the experience of professionals comes in handy.
- How should I clean my ceramic tile floors?
The best way to clean ceramic tile floors is to use steam mops. This too, will only work up to a point, after that the best solution is to call professional services if you want to properly clean your tiles. It’s possible to make them look totally new again.
- How soon should grout colours be changed after first application?
This again, depends on other factors. Normally the colour sealer can provide service for up to 10 years or sometimes even more.
- Instead of cleaning, wouldn’t it be easier to replace?
No. First of all, proper cleaning can make it look like new while totally retaining the quality levels. Replacing is a matter of additional cost. Some inconvenience will be there, if the renovation needs to be done, it will cause members of the home not being able to use that space (bathroom, kitchen or whichever room) for a while. There is the matter of dealing with the noise, debris, dust, cost and much more. All in all it is not worth to completely replace and renovate, cleaning is a much more viable option.
- How to clean grouts using household items?
A bit of additional care needs to be taken for ceramic and tiles and grouts. A non-acidic cleaner should be used. If the grout is a bit too dirty, then mildly acidic cleaner should be used to remove stubborn stains. It must be cleaned with water afterwards and then sealed again for protection.