Cleaning tile grout can be an extremely tough,
tedious, back breaking job. You spend hours
on you hands and knees scrubbing the grout
lines, just to see them get dirty within a month
or two later. Grout is very porous, therefore
everything that touches the grout is absorbed
directly into it. Any and all spills are directly
absorbed into the grout immediately. This
makes it impossible to clean, because the
liquid is actually deep into the grout opposed
to sitting on the surface. The #1 cause of dirty,
discolored grout lines is due to cleaning the
the grout regularly. When you start mopping the floor the dirt from the tile and grout
is turned into a liquid that is immediately soaked up by the porous grout. The more you
mop your floor the dirtier and darker your grout lines become. The dirty water from
your mop bucket is darkening your grout with every stroke of the mop. However, there
are solutions to dirty, discolored grout lines!
1. Removing the grout and replacing it with new grout.
2. Steam Cleaning the grout or using strong chemicals.
3. Professionally Color Sealing the Grout
Removing and Replacing the Grout
Removing the grout completely from the tile and replacing it with new grout is a
tactic that some homeowners and businesses use. This process is extremely messy,
dusty, expensive and takes days to weeks to complete. This process has to be done
with extreme perfection and precision to avoid cracking or chipping the tile. Once the
old grout is removed and the new grout is installed it will only be a matter of weeks
before you are right back where you started with dirty, discolored grout lines!
Steam Cleaning Grout
Steam Cleaning grout lines or using rotary machines has become a very popular
method over the past several years. Cleaning grout lines with this method can be
effective on the surface dirt but can not eliminate the stains and discoloration that
are deep in the grout. Steam cleaning alone can only remove a small fraction of the
stains and bacteria and can cause significant damage to both the tile and the grout.
High pressure cleaning and rotary machines weaken the grout lines by removing
layers of the grout and forcing water under the tile. Over time the grout will begin
to deteriorate, crack, and eventually crumble out. Once the grout begins to deteriorate
and weaken water will begin to build up under the tile causing the tile to loose, crack
The Ceramic Tile and Stone association of Arizona report;
"Steam is an improper grout cleaning technique (method) because:"
*Steam Cleaning can be far to aggressive for grout that is under 1 year old.
*Steam may cause significant damage to the grout.
*Most grout manufacturers void their warranty if the grout has been steamed.
Steam Cleaning chemicals are improper grout cleaning products because:
*The chemicals used are too strong for newly installed grout
*These chemicals can extract pigments which will modify the grout color
*Harsh chemicals can actually eat into the grout making it even more porous
Color Sealing Grout Lines
Color sealing grout is the most effective and efficient technique to obtain perfect, stain
free grout lines. The process starts by using a mild cleansing product that will remove
all surface dirt and bacteria. Once the grout has been cleaned a color sealer will be
applied to the grout lines that will fill all the holes and cracks that make grout porous.
Grout Works color sealer can be matched to any shade or color. The customer can
choose to go back to the original color or completely change the color of the grout to
match the tile or décor of their home or business. Once the Grout Works color sealer
has been applied, the grout lines are permanently protected from any stains, bacteria
or discoloration. Grout Works color sealing process is typically done in 1 day and does
not create and dust or mess. By the time the Grout Works technicians are done the
grout can be walked on as normal. Grout Works color sealing process is always
guaranteed against cracking, chipping and peeling to ensure a lifetime of perfect stain
free grout lines! If you are tired of dirty, discolored grout lines ruining the look of
your tile floor, call Grout Works today and have perfect, stain free grout lines tomorrow.