Grout is an integral part of any tile surface, and not just for aesthetics; it also plays a vital role in the structure of a tiled surface. Unfortunately, over time, your grout will wear out and need to be replaced.
In this blog, we’ll dive into the science behind grout deterioration and provide some helpful tips to help you avoid needing premature grout replacement services.
- Water Woes – Moisture is, perhaps, grout’s greatest adversary. Tile is often put in places that see lots of water, such as the bathroom or kitchen, and while grout is meant to withstand water for a long time, all that water will eventually start to wear your grout out. You can thwart an early grout replacement by properly sealing your grout and taking steps to prevent standing water in your bathroom or kitchen.
- Tear-able Traffic – Tile is also common in areas that see heavy foot traffic, like entryways and hallways. All those wandering feet will wear away at your grout, but by making sure you have well-sealed grout that you regularly sweep or vacuum, you can help prolong its lifespan.
- Corroding Chemicals – We often think that the stronger the chemical, the better it works, but abrasive or harsh chemicals can wear out your grout and make it lose the protective properties needed to preserve your tile. Instead, choose gentle cleaners or hire a professional grout cleaning team to handle the job for you.
- Temperamental Temperatures – If the temperature in a room changes dramatically, it can cause your grout to expand and contract. This variation can lead to cracks, chips, and other damage that will inevitably require grout replacement. Choosing grout that is better suited to withstand temperature changes is ideal if you know the room will experience drastic fluctuations.
To learn more about how you can help prevent needing a premature grout replacement or schedule a much-needed service, contact our office today.