How to Extend the Life of your Tile Floors
- Posted by Sonlight Cleaning
- On July 19, 2019
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When it comes to tough, reliable, beautiful, and long-lasting flooring, ceramic tile is often the material that tops the charts. No other flooring type has quite the track record that tile boasts–archaeologists find records of its use thousands of years before the turn of the millennia!
The fascinating thing about tile is that it is one of very few flooring types to earn that coveted title of “timeless.” This morning I was at the dental office and caught a glimpse of yet another fixer-upper-style show. This one was highlighting old buildings that had what they call good bones. Often the good bones these TV hosts highlight include wood trim, original molding, shiplap (of course!), interesting brick work, and–you guessed it!–tile flooring.
If you doubt the allure of old tile, take a look at the wildly popular Instagram account “Cheap Old Houses” which boasts almost half a million followers, all of whom are eager to see the next post which will inevitably include some timeless architectural treasure. If you take a moment to browse through the comments section, you’ll quickly find that on almost every post there are literally hundreds of people ooohing-ing and ahhh-ing over well-preserved 100-year-old tile floors.
Though one of the more expensive flooring options, there is no argument that tile is a worthwhile investment. Unlike carpet, which must be replaced relatively frequently, tile can last upwards of a century.
Ceramic tiles themselves are typically impermeable to water and dirt. However, the grout that surrounds each tile is somewhat less durable. The average lifespan of grout is approximately one-quarter to one-eighth the lifespan of tile. It is the weakest link in your tile flooring. Therefore, special attention must be paid to grout care so that your floors can remain beautiful for many years to come.
Many tile cleaning companies focus on restoration or repair–at Sonlight Cleaning Services, we believe the best approach to extending the life of your tile flooring is actually preservation. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
We use an acid-based solution that is specifically formulated for ceramic tile and grout. This approach deep-cleans and whitens the grout, rather than just removing surface dirt. Afterwards, we clean the tile using a patented tile and grout cleaning tool with a professional hot water extractor. If your specific type of tile and grout requires a sealant, we apply this water-protective coating as the final step in the tile care process.
When we’re finished, you’ll be falling in love with your tile floors all over again (and so will your clients)! Contact us Today!!