Discolored Grout Is An Eyesore! Can It Be New Again?
Discolored Grout can be defined as having blotchiness and differences in shades of grout. The color of grout when first installed is uniform, and as time passes, the color slowly changes to a shade darker or lighter, or just black. Typically, grout discoloring can be reversed if maintained with the proper cleaning chemicals and apparatuses, as well as an annual professional tile and grout cleaning service.
In a home, the best possible solution would be to wear cotton socks on your feet and to stay away from bare feet and any footwear. In business,
it would be hard to tell guests/customers to remove shoes upon entry, however, periodic maintenance would be the key to helping lessen the ugliness. This is where the problem usually starts with not only homeowners but businesses as well. Not enough routine maintenance. In a home, professional tile and grout cleaning services should be utilized on an annual basis. Commercial establishments like gas station convenience stores require service quarterly.
A consultation with a professional can help you steer you in the right direction of what to use vs. not to use. Approximately 8 out of 10 homes/businesses I visit are using either the wrong chemicals or the wrong cleaning apparatus when it comes to maintaining their floors. Grout can be discolored temporally or permanently. Every floor has a different symptom. When it comes to grout discoloring, there are no 2 floors alike. Professional tile and grout cleaning typically is the answer, and results are “like new” recovery back to its original condition.
Here are the top 10 Reasons why your Grout gets Discolored.
1. Shoes and bare feet.
2. The wrong chemical being used.
3. Wrong cleaning tool (mop).
4. Swifter Mops.
5. Steam Mops.
6. Pool in Backyard (Acid on the bottom of feet).
7. Improper grout mixture when first laid.
8. Grout Color Sealing. (Hit and Miss…)
9. Improper grout sealer. (Solvent, high gloss, etc.)
10. Previous cleaning by housekeepers and similar services.
Chemicals Discoloring, Filming, and Coating Your Tile and Grout
Clorox, vinegar, baking soda, Fabuloso, Lysol, Pinesol, Swiffer, Bona, and more are found at most homes I come to clean. These particular chemicals are layering a film and at worse a coating across your tile and grout. Now instead of a “cleaning” now becomes “restoration”. Much more detailed job with high-end chemicals and impossible to the point where jackhammers may have to be used.
Rid of ALL prior chemical use and use blue dawn dish soap (dime-sized squirt) and water. This is the only method I recommend. Use your microfiber padded mop as the apparatus and prepare for a clean then rinse to pick up residue.
For more information regarding discolored grout, visit Las Vegas Tile and Grout Cleaning then consider scheduling your first tile and grout cleaning appointment today! Prevent discoloring NOW! I’d love to earn your business!
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