Many of us think of a grout line as being something that is used solely to define the borders of the tile and fill the gaps between them but what you may not realize is that grout has a more important function than just plain aesthetics. Grout has a high cement content which acts as glue and helps to strengthen the bonding area between one tile and another. The down side is that because grout has high cement content it is also porous and prone to damage, especially in places where your tiles are constantly exposed to water for example your shower area. After a period of time the constant exposure to water adversely affects your tile and grout. Your grout will start absorbing the water and because your shower is used on a regular basis, there is very little chance for the water being absorbed by your grout to evaporate and instead the water is trapped inside the grout which can cause multiple problems.
Grout Stain Removal and Breakdown lead to Bacteria and Mold in Las Vegas NV
One of the most aggravating problems is the constant stream of water causes the grout between the tiles to stain, but grungy looking tiles is actually the least of your problems. It’s what you can’t see that should definitely be cause for concern. Water trapped in the grout lines can lead to the grout breaking down. The grout will then weaken and start chipping or cracking. Since the grouting can only hold so much water, the excess water will soon be absorbed under the tile breaking the bonds and causing the tiles to move away from the wall or flooring until they break away completely. Possibly even worse, depending on your point of view is that the porosity of the grout and the wet moist environment makes it the perfect petri dish for bacterial colonies to thrive and prosper. Bacteria and mold may not be immediately evident in the early stages but bacteria and mold spores reproduce quickly and can be difficult to contain exposing your family to allergens and potentially to other types of diseases.
Las Vegas Grout Sealing
The good news is that all of these problems can be avoided by sealing the grout lines. Sealing the grout lines will prevent the grout from absorbing water, and enable the grout to restrain its strength and clarity. The professional technicians at Stone & Tile Floor Cleaning & Restoration recommend a protocol of professional grout and tile steam cleaning, a revolutionary steam cleaning process to deep clean, polish and restore your tile and grout to its original condition. Using a high pressure steam clean protocol we blast steam into your tile and grout while simultaneously vacuum extracting the dirt, grease, bacteria, germs and contaminants. After finishing the cleaning and restoration process, your Stone & Tile Floor Cleaning & Restoration professional will seal your tile and grout. Sealing is an important part of tile and grout maintenance. Whether your tiled surfaces have never been sealed or if they are due to be sealed again soon, we can seal your tile and grout using a high quality DuPont sealer. Grout sealing is recommended every four to six months depending on the area, so don’t forget to ask about our maintenance plans for cleaning and sealing. Stone & Tile Floor Cleaning & Restoration also offers grout repair and restoration. We can repair or replace your existing grout and restore it to its original or a brand new color. We have over 100 different colored grouts to choose from.
Stone & Tile Floor Cleaning & Restoration Offers Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning in Las Vegas NV
For more information about tile and grout cleaning, maintenance and repair, contact the customer service professionals at Stone & Tile Floor Cleaning & Restoration today and ask for a free consultation.