Tile flooring can provide a beautiful and long lasting addition to any home. Porcelain tile, ceramic tile, glass and natural stone are all eye pleasing and easy to clean, but they are not immune to problems over time. In order to forestall tiles from cracking as a result of changes in the sub-floor, and to hide differences in the thickness of the individual tiles, grout must be applied to the spaces between tiles. However, improper installation and delinquent care can necessitate grout cleaning and even replacement. Grout, generally made from a mixture of cement, sand and water, is a somewhat porous substance that readily absorbs moisture from high humidity environments and occasional spills.
The application of grout is necessary since it will expand and contract a bit with temperature and moisture. This provides a buffer zone between the tiles and protects them. Regrettably, this means that if the grout is not properly sealed, or id left completely unsealed, it will absorb moisture and dirt over time. This can cause discoloration and the kind of deterioration that can only be repaired by a professional grout cleaning and replacement.
Excess moisture can cause the grout to crack and crumble, which then permits even more moisture to be absorbed. This, in turn, makes the damage even worse if it doesn't get cleaned, replaced and re-sealed. As additional time passes, conditions may become ideal for the growth of mold and mildew, completely destroying the appearance of your tile flooring. If still left unchecked, this moisture can even destroy the individual tiles, requiring costly replacements.
Duncan Floor Covering can clean the discolored grout and, if necessary, replace it with brand new grout to make your floor look like new. We will also remove and replace any damaged grout, and reseal the entire tile floor to prevent further damage over time.
If you wish to learn more about E&W Carpets' qualifications, the cleaning and replacement services that we offer, or if you would like to make an appointment for tile and grout cleaning in residence, contact us. Phone us, e-mail us, or drop by our showroom in Lutz, FL to discuss your need for tile cleaning with one of our experienced consultants.