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All about Grout

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 13:02 -- Laura M. Pulliam

Ceramic tile is a popular flooring choice. Made from clay that has been molded and kiln-fired, it boasts both beauty and function. It can compliment almost any facility style from classic to modern to rustic. It can add visual interest and personality--everything from terracotta to black-and-white patterned made the list of 2018 tile trends. Additionally, tile has long been known as a great choice in warm climates. And with temperatures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area frequently pushing triple digits, it’s no wonder that this flooring is a consistent winner among the other available options.

When ceramic tile is given appropriate attention and care, it can last for half a century or more, making it an excellent choice for community mainstays such as churches, medical offices, and other places of business. But ceramic tile is not cheap. Because of its lifespan, it must be thought of as an investment. And as with any investment, a little care goes a long way. Ceramic tile can look fabulous for years to come if properly cared for. One of the most important components of that care routine must be special attention to the grout between the tiles.

Grout is a paste-like mortar that fills in the gaps between each tile. Often it is chosen to match the tile, but sometimes it can even be a contrasting color (for example, a popular choice in recent years has been light-colored tile surrounded by a darker grout). Grout typically has a shorter lifespan than the tile itself, with a typical lifespan of 10-20 years--or less than half the life of the tile itself.

Since grout is the “weakest link” when it comes to ceramic tile flooring, Sonlight Cleaning Services understands that this aspect of your flooring requires special attention. We use an acid-based solution that is specifically formulated for ceramic tile and grout as well as a professional hot water extraction method with a specialized tool for removing soil build-up on the tile surface as well as the surrounding grout. Though grout can be replaced, it is best to do this as infrequently as possible. Any time you are forced to remove grout, you are at risk of damaging the surrounding tile (which may then also need to be replaced, costing you both time and money).

By taking good care of the grout, you are extending the lifespan of your flooring as well as boosting the visual appearance of your facility--that’s what we call a win-win! Contact Sonlight Cleaning Services for your free quote today!