Cleaning and Sealing Your Tile

Dirty and Clean Part of Laundry Tiles

Sometimes your tile floors need a deep clean. There’s only so much a mopping and scrubbing you can do because grout is a porous material, it absorbs much the dirt and debris. Mopping can only remove what’s on the surface and not the embedded dirt- which can cause the grout to be dull. A professional tile cleaner is the best way to get your tiles looking like new again.

At Anderson Carpet Cleaning, we use penetrating sealants which are absorbed into grout, forming a stain resistant shield just below the surface. Most penetrating sealers will not change the appearance of the tile.  Surface sealants are coated on the top of tile and grout, forming a non-porous, stain resistant sealant.

Sealing tile is your best option to give it a long-lasting life. Oils, foods, and other liquids can quickly soak into it, making it smell and compromising its durability and structure. With these substances, mold can grow within the grout and that means costly repairs and replacements for you. Ultimately, sealing your grout can save you tons of money. You won’t have to repair or replace your floors, and you will have beautiful looking tile and grout for a long time to come.

Grout fills seams between tiles. Most grout is sanded, meaning that​ grout contains sand.  Sand is used by manufacturers because it is literally dirt-cheap and because it is a good material for what is a simple job: filling in a hole. Grout is not needed to stabilize tile because mortar already holds the tile in place without any extra help. Sand is porous, which means that grout is porous.

Once grout has been applied and dried, it is ready to absorb any liquid that comes its way–like water.  By penetrating the grout with sealer first, you are pre-empting water and other liquids from penetrating the grout. It is that simple.

Do You Always Need Grout Sealer?  Yes, you need it, except when you happen to be using epoxy-based grout. Grout sealer is not needed with epoxy-based grout.

Types of Sealing

Clear Sealing:  A clear sealing sits below the surface of the grout, protecting it from the daily spills, mopping’s, and debris that affect the way your tile and grout looks. It’s a great way to keep it protected from everything that happens in your home daily. From spills and stains, to foot traffic, a simple clear sealer should be sufficient for protecting your tile and grout.

Color Sealing:  More widely used, color seal can stain your grout and restore it to its original color, or an entirely new color if you wish. A color sealer is more effective at maintaining the vibrancy and beauty of your grout while protecting it from everyday harm. There are many other benefits to using a color sealer as well. The color seal is a durable layer of protection that will keep the unsanitary things from taking up residence in your grout.

For the best results that will last on your flooring for a long time to come, you should have the sealer professionally applied.

If you need a professional tile cleaning or carpet cleaning, contact Anderson Carpet Cleaning today.