MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEALING YOUR GROUT AND FLOORS

THE 3 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEALING YOUR GROUT IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
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The right side is sealed. Water repels and stays on the surface. The left side is unsealed. Notice how water absorbs into unsealed areas of the stone.

Most clients are concerned about having soiled grout lines. They sometimes struggle to discover a unique way of keeping them clean. The most common grout used in Scottsdale, Arizona is Portland cement. This means the grout in your home is either sanded and unsanded grout. 

As a rule of thumb, large grout channels will have sanded grout mixed with refined sand particles. Conversely, the thin grout channels will have unsanded grout or no sand particles in the mixture. All Cementous grout or Portland cement is porous and requires sealing after installation. Homeowners sometimes have misconceptions about sealing their grout in Scottsdale. Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the cleaning, sealing and polishing company would like to discuss the “MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEALING YOUR GROUT IN SCOTTSDALE.

MISCONCEPTION 1: BELIEVING YOU DON’T NEED TO SEAL YOUR GROUT

Sadly, there are misconceptions about whether grout lines should be sealed. Delaying professional cleaning and sealing of grout lines can eventually result in permanent staining. The longer you delay cleaning and sealing the more likely the grout will darken by oily substances, proteins from foods, spilled beverages, burnt candle residues, and improper mopping cleaners. Having your grout professionally sealed is key to keeping clean grout. Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, uses only high-quality penetrating sealers. Examine the rock in the picture about (left side). 

MISCONCEPTION 2: SEALING GROUT PROVIDES PERMANENT PROTECTION

Most sealers provide protective properties when applied. Sealers create repellency on the grout surface that prevents water molecules from absorbing into the grout and natural stone. This means when the sealer is applied to the grout, the seal leaves a thin layer of protector that keeps unwanted soil and substances on the surface of the grout. However, the sealer will degrade with high alkaline and vinegar-based mopping cleaners, which will ultimately damage the grout. Sadly, no grout sealer can provide permanent protection. You will need to reapply sealer again depending on how well you maintain your flooring. Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, recommends professionally cleaning and sealing Porcelain and Ceramic tile and natural stone tile once a year to properly maintain and clean floor.       

MISCONCEPTION 3: STEAM MOPPING WILL CLEAN THE GROUT AND FLOOR

Steaming mops are very popular in Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. Steaming mops can vary in terms of features and functionality and should not be used on grout areas. Although Steam mopping will kill viruses and germs lurking on all floors, using a steam mop on grout will erode the protective properties of most sealants. Steam mopping will lead to micro-cracks that weaken the adhesion of the grout adjacent to the tiles.

As the premier cleaning, sealing and polishing company in Scottsdale, Arizona, Stone Care of Arizona, LLC recommends that you use a botanical disinfect. This is the safe way of keeping unwanted germs and viruses from creating an unhealthy environment and enables you to avoid the replacement cost of new grout.  

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Stone Care of Arizona LLC provides natural stone care and tile cleaning, stone sealing and stone polishing for the following cities in Arizona: Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Tempe, Arizona.