How To Care For Your Tile and Grout Flooring in SW Florida

Regular Stone, Tile & Grout Cleaning

Ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone flooring offers a beautiful and decorative touch to your home and can be highly dirt-resistant. But even the most dirt-resistant tile and stone need frequent TLC and cleaning to ensure they stay looking phenomenal.  The frequency of these cleanings can vary based on the type of flooring, the traffic it experiences, how old it is and if the stone or grout has been professionally sealed.

Extending the Life of Your Tile or Stone Flooring

Most tile incorporates special glazing that keeps it gleaming and prevents dirt and other substances from penetrating the surface and causing it to appear dirty. If you do not regularly clean your tile, grit from the bottoms of your shoes can dull the glazed surface. Cleaning your tile regularly and sealing the grout lines can keep dirt from destroying the glaze of your tile while taking away your grout’s ability to absorb mop water, spills, and other contaminants while extending the life and beauty of your tile.

For natural stone surfaces such as marble, travertine, limestone, and granite, these stones do not come with special glazing and require sealing to help protect them.

Avoiding Expensive Replacement Tile and Stone

Unfortunately, replacing dingy, dirty tile or stone does not come cheaply. Like many things in life, preventive maintenance can prove much less expensive than replacing your hard surface flooring. Regular cleaning helps to preserve the look and life of your stone or tile.  If your tile or stone has grout, sealing it will reducing the amount of time between cleanings. If you focus on maintaining your tile or stone flooring regularly (every 2-4 years, depending on use and maintenance), it will last a lifetime.

Reducing Mold

Mold that collects in the grout of tile or the pores of stone, is the enemy of any homeowner. Not only does mold make your home appear dirty, but it also can impact your overall health by off-gassing. Mold can be highly allergenic, causing you to experience increased risks for symptoms like cough, watery eyes, and difficulty breathing. Professional and regular tile and grout cleaning can reduce the likelihood of mold building up in your grout or porous stone.

Maintaining the Appearance of Your Flooring

Anyone who’s ever attempted to clean grout, tile, and stone can tell you that it’s not as easy as it looks.

If you use the wrong approach, you can push dirty water into your stone or grout, making your flooring look dirtier instead of cleaner. We’ve seen homeowners, maid services, and uninformed “tile and grout cleaning companies” ruin natural stone such as marble and travertine by using the wrong cleaning products. We’ve even seen grout blown out between tiles due to too much pressure from an inexperienced carpet cleaner.

Who you choose to clean and maintain your tile, grout, and natural stone surfaces matters.

Tru-Clean Surface Care

Phenomenal tile and natural stone floors begin with Tru-Clean Surface Care.  With certified textile professionals coupled with state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning solutions, we have the experience to make your floors look their very best.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a StonePro Certified Professional, and a surpHaces Certified PRO Partner.  We are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and an eight-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information about Tru-Clean Surface Care and our tile and grout or natural stone cleaning and polishing services, please visit us online at or call us at 239-541-4888 – Cape Coral and Lee County, 239-206-1935 – Bonita Springs, Naples, and Marco Island, or 941-621-2198 – Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, Florida.

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