How Do I Know When It’s Time to Have My Tile Professionally Cleaned?
You know how you can come home to a smelly house every day and not notice that anything is wrong? You may have gotten accustomed to that wet dog smell or that dirty, stinky carpet. You only notice it when you’re away from home for awhile and then return – or if someone takes you to the side to tell you that something is off.
The same thing can happen with your tile. You look at it every day, so you might not notice that it’s no longer as clean as it once was. Plus, the overall color has dulled, so you don’t notice that the floor is dirty, the way you would if there was an isolated mark. You might need some glaring sign to jolt you out of your complacency and know that it’s time to call up an Scottsdale tile cleaning company for some help.
You don’t need to wait for someone to tell you that your floor looks nasty. Here are a few signs that can let you know that it’s time to consider professional tile floor cleaning:
Check Out Old Photos
If the whole floor looks about the same color, you may not notice that it has become gray or dulled. If those stains are set in to the tile, you can’t even rely on cleaning a swatch of the floor to determine that it’s discolored. You’ll scrub and scrub, but the floor will still look “fine.”
You may need to go back. Check out old photos of your tile when it was first installed. You know the photos you took when your remodel was done and you wanted to show it off. If those photos show tile that looks drastically different from what you have now, you probably need a good tile and grout cleaning in Scottsdale.
If you don’t have photos with your tile in it, look to the extra tile you (should) have on hand for repairs. That tile hasn’t withstood the daily wear and tear of foot traffic and water from showers, so it should be unmarred. Hold that sample tile up to the tile on your floor. If the color is drastically different, you need professional help.
Clean a Swatch
Your tile floors may not be so far gone that it’s impossible for you to remove the stains yourself. You can do a simple swatch test to find out if your floors need professional help. Get the appropriate cleaner for your tile, a good scrub brush (but nothing abrasive like steel wool), and get to work. After a few minutes, you may notice that the sample area starts to look lighter or that the suds from your cleaning solution start to turn darker.
Instead of spending hours scrubbing away at the rest of the floors, call the professionals for quick tile floor cleaning near me. They have the tools and the advanced cleaning solutions to get results quickly.
Look at the Grout
The grout is like the canary in the coal mine. Once it starts to stain or to break down, the tile will become vulnerable and will become stained or damaged, as well. The reason is that sealer protects the grout and tile, and if the grout is discoloring, that means the sealer is failing. Stained grout has also been compromised, so there are now tiny crevices in it that will let in more water and bacteria, which threatens your tile.
If you clean your floors and the grout is still discolored, you have a problem. Call the experts to get thorough tile and grout cleaning, and then invest in new sealing. Your floors will be protected, and they’ll look great for a long time to come.
Dirty tile floors can make the whole room look dirty and less inviting. But dirty floors are also compromised floors. The longer they are left untreated, the more vulnerable they are to damage. Call a tile cleaning company to care for your floors and give them many more years of life.
Desert Tile and Grout Care is the tile cleaning company that Arizona residents trust. We can refresh tile floors and surfaces by removing years of stains and restoring the original color of the floors. We can also refresh grout and seal your floors, making them look great and protecting their life span. Call us today to get a quote for tile and grout cleaning for your Arizona home or business.
April 19, 2018