Many homes and businesses throughout Florida feature beautiful and practical tiled floors and walls and bathrooms. With hot temperatures during most of the year as well as large amounts of rain generated by tropical storm systems, tile is a smart choice for property owners since it is easy to manage any water cleanup and is easier to maintain than other flooring choices such as wood or carpet in the hot and humid climate found in Florida. But tile flooring and tile used on walls, in bathrooms, and on other surfaces can quickly look dingy or aged when the grout used between the tiles becomes dirty, stained, or affected by mold or mildew, sometimes from normal use but sometimes from water damage. Finding the best type of cleaner for the grout in your property can help to restore the look of your grout and the beauty of your tile.

Unsealed grout requires deep cleaning methods that can be time-consuming for a property owner. Grout that is applied to tile but is not sealed at the time of the application can become stained and can even develop mildew over time. Grout is by nature porous, meaning it will absorb a certain amount of moisture which allows for stains to become deeply ingrained and impossible to remove with a mere surface cleaner. Cleaning unsealed grout is best done with a two-step process beginning with applying a high quality cleaner that is designed to be absorbed into the unsealed grout to penetrate and break down the stain. After the cleaner has been applied and absorbed by the grout, cleaning the unsealed grout is finished by using a vacuum extraction method to pull out the cleaner and the stain residue by water extraction.

Professional service companies that handle water extraction or water damage repair are often able to not only clean the grout in your property’s tile but to also seal the grout after cleaning it. Sealing grout with a protective, clear sealant after the grout has been thoroughly cleaned helps to prevent future stains or mildew from occurring in the grout. Grout that has a protective sealant applied will need cleaning periodically but care should be taken to use cleaners that are specifically made for sealed grout. Companies that specialize in water cleanup offer grout cleaning services that maintain the integrity of your property’s sealed grout.

Dingy and stained grout can detract from the overall beauty and appearance of your home or business. While these and other grout cleaners can help restore the look of the grout in your property’s tiled areas, for larger, more involved, and challenging jobs, getting the professional opinion and expert assistance from a water damage restoration service can be the best option. If you are interested in learning more about the effects of water and moisture on your home or business property, or how to remove water and dry out a flooded building, you are invited to contact Certified Priority Restoration at 561-847-3495 in Palm Beach County or 954-874-8016 in Broward County.

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