The benefit of having tile floors in your home is that they have a much extended live time. They typically do not have to be replaced any sooner than 10 years. This is due to their high durability to withstand a lot of wear and tear. One of the main reasons that tile flooring would not last as long as they guarantee is if they are broken, chipped, or the grout in between the tiles becomes stained. The stains in the grout can be extremely challenging to remove. Tile and grout are made out of porous materials, therefore the pores can easily be filled with particles. The more particles that are built up into the pores there will be stains that begin to accrue.
When it comes to tile cleaning it is a whole other project than carpet cleaning. You will need more than just a machine that uses a combination of carpet shampoo and water solution to clean tiles and the grout.
One thing that Chem Dry, or similar companies will do is that they thoroughly clean the tile and grout there is then a sealant that should be put over the flooring. If you would like the best cleaned tiles in your house here is a simple tip that you can begin yourself. In a small container make a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. The chemical reactions that will occur from this mixture can make a very good floor cleaning solution. It may be a good idea to clean your tile flooring with this mixture in between a professional tile cleaning by Chem Dry. This will help maintain your tiles.
Take note that some homemade cleaning solutions may end up causing more damage to your tile flooring. A mixture of soap and water will not do justice for your dirty stained flooring. This mixture will actually cause damage to your tile flooring. The tiles may become discolored or dull, they may become sticky on the surface as well. The tiles and grout will then become more prone to attracting dust particles.
Once you have had your tile flooring professionally cleaned you should make it a routine to put a sealant over the flooring. There should be two different types of sealant that you should have on your tile flooring. There is a sealant that you put on the grout to prevent decay of the grout. There is then a special sealant that you should have on your tiles. This type of sealant strengthens the tiles. The grout sealant is often referred to as a penetrating sealant. Tile sealant is known as a membrane sealant.
It will be important to consult with the professionals from Chem Dry to determine if your particular type of tile flooring requires a sealant and if so what type would be the best for your flooring. There are certain types of tiles that should not have a sealant applied to it. Some types of flooring may only require you to apply a sealant to the grout. There are special instructions that are to be followed when doing any work to your tile flooring. You should always have it inspected by a professional before trying to work on the tiles.