Is Grout Sealing Worth The Expense in SW Florida?

Professional Sealed Grout Lines Using Penetrating Grout Sealer

 

Freshly cleaned tile and grout is inviting and adds beauty and value to a home.

Those of us who have tile flooring know how difficult it is to maintain the grout areas without professional help. Hours of back-breaking, on the knees scrubbing, is a short-term solution at best.  Unlike tile, grout is porous, and if not sealed professionally, will start to “ugly” with your first mopping as dirty mop water has nowhere to go except deep in the pours of your unsealed grout.

Sealing your freshly cleaned grout is a smart decision and one that will pay dividends by extending the time between professional cleanings and help to protect your grout from permanent staining.

Vulnerability of Unsealed Grout

Grout is a cement-based product that’s mixed into a spreadable paste with plain water. The cement content makes grout porous, which means liquids seep in if they’re not cleaned up right away.

Liquids with color, such as fruit juice, tea, and coffee, leave their dye embedded in the grout once the liquid evaporates, resulting in deep-set stains. Grout sealers protect against stains by either coating or penetrating.  Some homeowners use laundry bleach that can temporarily lighten some stains, however, due to the caustic nature of bleach, it can also remove the factory color of the grout, lending to even uglier grout over time.

Penetrating Grout Sealer

At Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care, we use a commercial grade penetrating grout sealer that offers protection not only on the surface of the grout but within the pours as well.

The protective sealer seeps into the grout and protects it from stains and grease infiltration. This type of impregnates the pores, offering deep-set protection that can last for 3-5 years based regular mopping of the tile.  Our penetrating sealer leaves no shine and doesn’t alter the color of grout and will triple the protection offered by most tile cleaning companies who use “surface grade” sealant.

Nonpenetrating Grout Sealer

Nonpenetrating grout sealers form a film or barrier on the surface, which helps repel water and stains and is usually offered by tile cleaning companies because it’s “cheap” and helps enhance the contractor’s bottom line.

A downside to nonpenetrating grout sealer is that it can turn a milky color over time and is easily worn off by simple foot traffic, mopping and spill removal.

Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care’s Thoroughly Exhaustive Tile & Grout Cleaning and Sealing

A beautiful tile floor begins with a thoroughly exhaustive cleaning by certified textile professionals.

Before inviting any “tile cleaning specialist” into your home, inquire as to their credentials, their processes, industry certifications and Better Business Bureau ratings.  Do your homework before allowing a “stranger” into your home.

Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and a four-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information about our award-winning tile and grout cleaning process, please visit us online at www.ForCleanCarpets.com or call us anytime at 239-541-4888 – Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples and Marco Island or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.

A beautiful tiled floor begins with Tru-Clean Carpet & Tile Care.


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