If your tile grout were a person, he’d be a fussy old man laying stubbornly between ceramic tiles, while clinging to past wrongs and refusing his sponge baths.
But it’s not all bad, all the time!
Tile is a very common household surface. You find it throughout a home; in entryways, restrooms, showers, kitchen counters, and general flooring.
Wherever you find tile, there will inevitably be grout. They’re a fine pair, keeping homes cool and providing a sleek, beautiful aesthetic. Less fragile than wooden floors and more resilient than carpet.
Despite their stubborn ways, tile and grout have a lot of benefits!
In the event that you (or your adorable doggo) spills something on the tile, cleaning up is as simple as wiping it up.
Well, most of the time…
We’re going to divulge a few dirty secrets about tile grout and some of the problems that come along with it — but mostly we’re going to provide plenty of solutions for those exact problems (i.e. grout cleaning phoenix ).
Tile Grout is a Dirt Magnet
Grout can undoubtedly offer up a few challenges.
There are many different kinds—sanded, unsanded, quarry, cementite and so forth. All of them are porous in nature.
This means that grout soaks up all the dirt, grime and even liquids that wash over it, making it the ultimate dirt magnet!
Not to mention, grout sits a lower than the tile it’s attached to, making cleaning a bit more complicated!
So what is the solution for this porous, dirt-magnet problem?
Grout Sealant is our go-to answer. Tile and grout sealant slows staining, helps make cleaning easier, and prevents unnecessary repair costs!
With the grout pores covered by a sealant, grout becomes much less absorbent. Thank goodness, am I right?!
This means that if a liquid is spilled on the grout, it will not immediately soak into the grout or seep into the edges of the tile, giving you, the fabulous homeowner, extra time to clean the spill.
Even more importantly, it keeps the grout from becoming discolored and, for lack of a better word, gross-looking!
Some grouts just naturally stain over time because of age and exposure to light: sealant will help grout retain its original color.
Unsealed grout also tends to wear away more quickly than sealed grout. while often results in the grout cracking or disintegrating more rapidly.
You want your tile to last as long as your house does right? Grout sealant is a great way to make that happen and ensure that you save money by never having to replace your tile!
Who doesn’t want that?
We recommend sealing grout every 1-3 years depending on the traffic and daily wear and tear it experiences.
Tile Grout Despises Soap
No matter what kind of grout you have, it is naturally prone to cross-contamination. This is in part because your porous grout clings so dearly to dirt and debris.
Take a look at any commercial kitchen, and you’ll find this is the reason restaurants opt for prep surfaces made from stainless steel.
Therefore, it’s worth noting that grout is resistant to traditional cleaning methods. Harsh chemicals and detergents seep into pores and leaves a filmy residue.
Mopping your tile can only take you so far! Mop water can remove some of those surface soils, but it also spreads it, helps embed it further into the pores, and can actually lead to staining.
In a study conducted by Dr. Jay Glasel, it was found that mops leave up to 30 times more bacteria than spray-and-vacuum methods, as discussed in point four below.
Over time, the soil that is left behind on your floor after mopping, not only darkens your tile and grout, but also creates perfect conditions for germs and bacteria to multiply.
Bleckk… did anyone else feel that chilly draft?
Luckily, our Zerorez® cleaning process does not use soaps, harsh detergents, or shampoos to clean. The Zerorez® Phoenix patented cleaning system uses Powered Water™ at high, but safe pressure to remove soil and restore the color of your grout, leaving Zero Residue® behind on your tile and grout.
Porous Grout is a Breeding Ground for Bacteria
Speaking of bacteria… most studies conclude that porous grout is a breeding ground for bacteria.
In the study “Cleanability in Relation to Bacterial Retention”, it was discovered that surfaces with the greatest number of irregularities (pits, crevices, pores, etc.) were the least cleanable because they had more attachment sites for bacteria.
The coarse texture of grout creates a greater opportunity to retain bacteria than other, smoother surfaces. It was discovered that out of six kinds of countertop surfaces, tile is among the most likely to retain E. coli.
Ugh, my achy breaky heart…
Tile is hosting an unexpected, disgusting house party, and you’re invited my friend.
In another study, scientists collected samples from public restrooms to learn exactly what kinds of bacteria are present indoors. While they found an impressive amount of different kinds of microbes, they discovered that human skin was the primary source of soil and cross-contamination,
The conclusion was that “surfaces in kitchens and restrooms are hot spots for bacterial contamination.”
Now stay with me here… kitchens and restrooms are common places for tile because of its durability and easily-cleaned nature.
Its time to find a solution…
You can count on a more smooth and hygienic surface that is safe for all members of the family with Zerorez® Phoenix. Our Zerorez® cleaning process makes it possible to clean your tile and grout without the use of soaps or harsh chemicals, while also having the ability to eliminate those scary germs and bacteria forever!
Our Beyond Green™ technology protects your home, your family, and the environment!
Grout is Sensitive
What most people don’t expect is that Old Man Grout is quite sensitive.
Steel wool and coarse brushes are too erosive to use for grout cleaning. Acidic and basic cleaners do damage over time. Bleach will cause inconsistent coloring and long term stains.
You should only use pH neutral cleaners on tile, but unfortunately, they can be tough to find!
It’s worth noting that nothing you buy off of a shelf has the bacteria-blasting benefits of a professional cleaning company like Zerorez® Phoenix. We offer professional cleaning and professional sealing!
Grout Cleaning Phoenix
The best way to get through to grout is a spray and vacuum method. The firm but gentle touch of Zerorez®‘s Grout Cleaning Phoenix treatment uses alkaline water at just the right pressure to remove soil.
Unlike cleaning companies that rely on soaps, there aren’t any issues with efflorescence (the white scum sometimes left by cleaning agents).
Once surfaces look as good as new, we apply a surface sealant (should you want it) that creates a powerful, protective barrier that will last for several years! For more information, or to schedule a service, call us at (480) 507-2419 or book online below!