Does having clean tiles mean cleaner grout?

A common myth we come across is the thought that having clean tiles means having clean grout. It’s easy to see why one would assume this, however, in the blog we’ll cover off on why it doesn’t necessarily mean your grout will be clean if your tiles are clean.

First of all, what is grout?

In case you’re wondering, grout in the joining substance located between your tiles. It’s porous in nature and when left unattended to, it can quickly darken, form a build up of mould and be a pain to later restore.

When most people clean their tiled areas (bathrooms, laundries, kitchens), they’ll often wipe over the tiles with a strong tile cleaner or mop the entire area down.  Although this looks good initially, what starts to happen over time is that any dirt and dust that falls on the grout will begin to get trapped within its cavities. The same goes for the water used in the cleaning mixture.

Why can’t you clean grout like you can tiles?

As we mentioned above, the porous nature of grout means that any liquid or debris that goes on top of it will generally result in being absorbed into the material.  This usually means the tiles will look good from their clean, and the grout will slowly lose its original appeal.

Why is having clean grout important?

If you were to hang a photo on your wall and the frame you used was old, diascoloured (and potentially smelly), this might have some negative impacts on the way others will view the beautiful photo in the middle. The same applies to grout – you can have incredibly clean tiles, but if they’re bordered with mould and and discoloured grout, the tiles themselves lose their attractiveness.

In addition to this, there can be some health concerns with having uncleaned grout. The build up of nasties in these cavities will generally lead to bacteria and mould to form, which can pose health risks to small children and pets.

In conclusion, it’s for all these above reasons that we recommend to get your tiles and grout cleaned at the same time. It will be very hard for you to clean your grout every time you clean your tiles yourself given the stubborn nature of these surfaces, however, scheduling in a regular professional clean should help you to stay on top of it.

If you’d like to know more about our professional Wizard Tile and Grout Cleaning Perth™ services, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. You can leave us an enquiry HERE or try calling on 0400 634 609.

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