Tile and grout flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring out there. With its aesthetic appeal, versatility, and endurance it is a great option for any property owner. At Chet’s Cleaning in Gross Pointe, Michigan, we specialize in the cleaning and restoration of tile flooring. Here are some of the most important things for you to know about it so you can make an informed choice as to what is best for you.
When and why should I seal my grout?
This is a critical aspect of keeping you flooring in good condition. After the floor is originally installed then you will need to seal your grout. Grout sealers typically come in one of two forms, spray on and applicator sealers. Whichever you choose, you will then coat the grout with the sealant and this will prevent erosion and other forms of damage from staining or wearing away your grout.
How to clean and maintain your tiles-
After applying grout sealant, tile flooring is relatively easy to maintain if you simply keep up on the cleaning. If stains do occur, the best way to get rid of them is to apply cleaning chemicals to the floor and scrubbing with a stiff brush. When choosing the chemicals you use be careful you don’t choose one that is too powerful and damage your floor. Start with less powerful chemicals in an inconspicuous part of the floor and move up to stronger chemicals if necessary. The brush you use shouldn’t be so soft that it can’t scrub off hard stains but not so hard that it will scratch the floor.
It requires lees maintenance than other forms of flooring-
This is one of the benefits that comes from having tile flooring. As mentioned before the grout sealant will prevent a lot of the major stains and damage that would normally occur. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about the upkeep of your tile floor as you would have to with carpet or wood flooring. Also, your tile floor will last a lot longer than other surfaces will.
It is more difficult to install than other forms of flooring-
Before you make the decision to invest in tile flooring, you should know that it is not that easy to install. Its durability comes at a cost. It’s not the typical task a do-it-yourselfer would want to take on. Installation requires special saws to cut the tile, and you need to be exact on the placement of your tiles. Once the grout begins to dry it is very unforgiving; so if you didn’t get the tiles precisely how you wanted them placed it will be very difficult if not impossible to move them where you want them to go.
There are many more pros and cons to tile flooring, and there are more important things for you to know in your upkeep of the tile. Hopefully, though, this can help you make an informed decision as to what you want to do with your flooring and if a tile is the right choice for you. If you do go with tile flooring, know that Chet’s Cleaning is always to help you with all your tiling concerns!