How Often Should I Have My Tile and Grout Professionally Cleaned?
How often you have your tile floors professionally cleaned depends on many different factors. The most common answers are every 6 months to a year. This will keep most floors looking their best and it will reduce the likelihood for staining setting in permanently. However, some tile floors may only need to be cleaned professionally up to every 2-3 years if they are professionally color sealed and depending on the factors we are going to discuss below.
Factors to Consider For Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning
The number of occupants in your home and their daily activities can significantly impact how quickly your tile and grout becomes dirty. If you have kids or pets, you can expect more foot traffic, spills, and stains, which may necessitate more frequent professional cleaning. High traffic areas such as kitchens and areas where foot traffic is narrowed will likely require more attention compared to lesser-used spaces.
Your lifestyle and habits also play a role in determining the frequency of professional cleaning. Do you cook frequently, resulting in food or oil spills and splatters on the floor? Do you wear shoes inside the house, potentially tracking in dirt and debris? Keeping entry points clean, using doormats, and keeping them clean as well as managing loose soil in your yard can help minimize dirt buildup on you floors and extend the time between professional cleanings.
Regular Tile and Grout Cleaning Methods:
The way you regularly clean your tile and grout floors can impact the need for professional cleaning. Using a mop bucket and water may provide some surface-level cleaning, but it can also spread dirt and push it into the grout lines, leading to a gradual accumulation of grime. It is important to use proper cleaning techniques and suitable products to maintain the cleanliness of your floors between professional cleanings. If you would like to learn the best way to maintain your tile floors, read our article How to keep your grout clean and looking new.
Type of Tile:
Different types of tiles have varying textures and properties that can influence their susceptibility to dirt and oils. Tiles with more texture or porous surfaces can trap dirt and oils, making them harder to clean during routine maintenance. If your tile has deep grooves or a rough surface, it may require more frequent professional cleaning to ensure a thorough removal of dirt and grime.
There are two types of sealer for grout, your standard clear penetrating sealer and grout color seal. Your standard clear sealer will help repel oils and water giving you a longer time to clean up spills and it will help resist stains from getting deep into the pores of the grout. Color Seal on the other hand is a topical sealer that does not allow anything to soak into the pores of the grout, making cleaning the grout lines much easier during routine maintenance. This will allow you to space your professional tile and grout cleanings farther apart, allowing you to wait 2-3 years depending on the other factors discussed above.
You can learn more about Beyond Clean Tile’s Color Sealing service and offer where you may never have to pay to have your floor sealed again. Book a free estimate to find out how we can help make your tile and grout look new again.