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What Makes Grout Dirty?

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What makes grout so dirty

If you have tile in your home, then you’re already familiar with how difficult it can be to keep the grout in between the tiles clean. Regardless of the spacing between the tiles, no one wants brown to black grout marring an otherwise clean surface. Unfortunately, grout is extremely porous. This is one of the reasons it is so good at binding tiles together, but it also means that it easily absorbs any liquid that comes into contact with it. So let’s take a closer look at why grout get so dirty so easily and what you can do to make it look new again.

All about Water

As ironic as it may seem, your cleaning methods are the most likely culprit behind your aging grout. Think about how you mop or scrub your floor. The bucket of water and cleanser doesn’t stay clean for long. To even get the floor moderately clean, you’ll end up emptying that bucket and refilling it several times while just cleaning one room. Unfortunately, this gives a lot of us the impression that all of the dust and dirt that was on our floor went down the drain with the rest of the dirty water, but this isn’t usually the case.

It’s true that your mop is definitely picking up some dirt and grime, and that’s why your cleaning water starts to look grey after a few dips. However, your mop isn’t particularly good at picking up dirt. It is designed to be absorbent. But really only pushes around most of the dirt on your floor. As the dirt gets pushed around, it ends up settling at the lowest points on your floor with the rest of the dirty water. Of course, the lowest point is right there in your grout. 

Once the dirt and water have settled into the grooves between the tiles, the grout quickly absorbs the liquid along with any grime in it. This is what gives the grout between your tiles the grey to brown look that makes them appear constantly dirty. At this point, the grout itself needs a makeover. 

Introducing Vacuum Power

There are a few ways you can clean your grout by hand, but they are arduous and only moderately effective. Many DIY methods involve using sandpaper to remove the stained upper layer of grout, which is not a long term solution. Rather than damaging the bonds holding your tile together, it is far better to use a combination of steam and vacuum power to pull the dirty water out of the grout and totally remove the dirt from your floor. 

Steam Pro offers a specialized tile and grout service that does just that. We offer the best grout cleaning service Los Angeles has to offer. By using steam-heated cleaning products made specifically for grout and tile, their tools can penetrate deep into the grout as the vacuum works to bring it to the surface. This cycle of steam pushing down into the grout and the vacuum pulling water and debris out effectively removes dirt and grime from your tile and grout lines. 

has to offer. By using steam-heated cleaning products made specifically for grout and tile, their tools can penetrate deep into the grout as the vacuum works to bring it to the surface. This cycle of steam pushing down into the grout and the vacuum pulling water and debris out effectively removes dirt and grime from your tile and grout lines. 

Get Help From Pros

After a professional steam cleaning Los Angeles, make sure to reseal your grout with a high-quality sealant. The sealant will serve as a protective barrier and can keep dirt at bay for up to a year. You should be able to clean your floor normally during this time. Still, you may need another steam cleaning 6-12 months after sealing depending on how much traffic the surface is exposed to. And how much dirt regularly accumulates there. Just look out for the tell-tale signs of dirty grout. And steam cleane it before it becomes the most noticeable part of your kitchen or bathroom.