Sometimes, it’s a good idea, if you want to return your floor to life, to clean the tile and grout. Grout fills the cracks between each tile. Dirty grout can make the floor look unattractive. And, in some cases the tiles will accumulate dirt too, although less often, due to the low porosity of the ceramic or porcelain.
Home owners can try to clean the tiles and grout themselves, at times, and this process can be tedious. So, when should you let professionals take care of it? In this blog we will let you know the benefits and draw backs to get professional cleaning of tile and grout, and the main points of having it cleaned period.
There are some obvious benefits to having your tile and grout cleaned regularly, regardless of hiring a pro or DIY.
Benefits of clean tile floors:
- Less bacteria means a healthier house.
- Dirt can ruin the factory finish on ceramic and porcelain (even more so on natural stone)
- Less chance of bad odor hiding in the grout
- Makes the whole house look and feel cleaner
- Happier state of mind when the floors are clean
Now lets look at the pros and cons of DIY vs Hiring a Pro
Pros of hiring a tile and grout cleaning company: It will not get as clean if you do it yourself. You can use the large amount of time you’d spend doing it on something more important (like your family). A pro will be able to navigate the different problems that might arise during the cleaning. They will know what products will be best suited for your tile and grout.
Cons of hiring a tile and grout cleaning company: It cost money.
Pros of DIY Cleaning: It does not cost much money. You can do it in your spare time.
Cons of DIY Cleaning: Very time consumptive. Messy. Hard on the body (knees, hands, arms). Using the wrong products could ruin the floor (yes we have seen it). Might not kill the bacteria which can lead to quick regrowth, making the floors look dirty faster. Limited ability to rinse the residue. A lot of the “over the counter” tile and grout products are heavily concentrated and typically more harsh.
To Sum it All Up
It depends. As you can see there is a benefit to hiring, and that might not always fit your budget. More import than hiring a pro, is cleaning the floor period. Not a normal mopping, or sweeping, either. A deep cleaning, where scrubbing and rinsing are incorporated. This will ensure longevity and overall appearance.