What You Need to Know About Grout Rehab and Maintenance

When was the last time you cleaned the grout in your home? While most people give their bathroom a once over on a regular basis, giving your bathroom a deep clean is something many people tend to put off. Maintaining your grout, however, can reduce mold, prevent water and structural damage, and increase the value of your home in the long run. Whether you are unsure of best practices for grout rehab maintenance or your are seeking long term solutions to keep your space clean and sturdy for years to come, here are a few things to know about grout rehab and maintenance.

Common Grout Problems

Whether in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other tile surface in your home, most types of grout will need some maintenance as a result of wear and tear. Letting various contaminants build up in your grout can cause unsightly stains, buildup of allergens, and even cause structural damage to your grout.  Making an effort to maintain grout throughout your home is a best practice to avoid some of the following common issues:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Dirt and grime build up
  • Structural damage because of repeated water exposure
  • Cracked grout lines
  • Air bubbles from poorly installed grout and tile

 

Build up of mold, mildew, dirt, and grime can typically be combatted with regular cleanings. Structural damage, cracked grout, and poorly installed grout, however, typically require professional assistance. If the tile in your home has these issues, give our team a call, we’re happy to help.

Grout and Tile Cleaning Best Practices

One of the easiest ways to prevent costly repairs down the road is to do routine cleanings to avoid dirt and mold buildup. Quick cleaning jobs more often can reduce the need for lengthy deep cleans down the line. Some common cleaning methods for grout include baking soda and vinegar, oxygenated bleach, and more. Don’t hesitate to use a cleaning brush or old toothbrush for easier access to those grout joints!

Grout Joint Rehab

If the grout joints in your home need more than a routine cleaning, Strictly Tile can implement a number of solutions to rehabilitate or replace your grout. Whether the tile in your bathroom needs a professional grade deep clean or complete replacement, we can assess your situation and apply the best solution. Some common grout joint rehab solutions include:

  • Replacing cracked grout lines
  • Cleaning moldy caulk lines and replacing if necessary
  • Restoring stained caulk lines to their normal color
  • Regularly scheduled maintenance cleaning

Preventative Solutions

When it comes to grout maintenance and rehabilitation, prevention can often be the best solution. Our team can implement a number of preventative technologies in your home to seal your grout and tile, and protect them from mold, water damage, and general wear and tear. We use Perma Treat solution, a solution that creates an impenetrable barrier between your tile and contaminants, to protect your surfaces for years to come. Perma Treat also comes with a lifetime warranty, so your surfaces will look brand new for years to come with simple routine cleaning. Perma Treat is a successful solution for the following surfaces:

  • Kitchen countertops and other granite and marble surfaces
  • Kitchen flooring
  • Bathroom surfaces
  • Outdoor concrete, stone, brick, and other types of patios

Keeping your bathroom and other tile surfaces clean and well maintained is crucial. Whether your grout lines need routine deep cleaning, or need to be removed, replaced, and resealed, our team is here to help. We pride ourselves on high quality, long lasting solutions to add to the value of your home and keep it looking new for years to come. To learn more about Strictly Tile’s grout rehab and maintenance services, visit our website today!

5 Bathroom Cleaning Tips You Wish You’d Known Sooner

There are few who actually enjoy cleaning. There are even fewer who enjoy cleaning the bathroom. Between scrubbing the toilet or finding out what exactly is in your shower drain, it’s not a pleasant task. However, there are some things you can do in order to make the task quicker, and an overall easier experience. From choosing a preventative and long lasting solution such as Permatreat, to some quick hacks that will keep your mirrors looking shiny and new, here are five tips that you can use for your next bathroom deep clean.

Tile

Cleaning your tile regularly is the best way to maintain it. Steam cleaning, baking soda and vinegar, and oxygenated bleach are all great solutions for tile cleaning. Additionally, opting for a high quality sealing solution such as Permatreat for your tile is a worthy investment that will keep your floors looking new for years to come.

Mirror

Giving the mirror some TLC is another crucial part of your deep clean. Every time you have to squint through the make up dust and toothpaste specks in order to see your reflection, you know it’s time to get out the scrub brush. Instead of a glass cleaner and a paper towel, which tends to leave streaks, use tea instead! Strong black tea in a spray bottle cleans the mirror without leaving splotches, and drying with a newspaper will leave your mirror streak-free.

Toilet

Cleaning the toilet is likely one of the worst aspects of cleaning the bathroom. Knowing everything that people do in there is enough to make anyone gag while scrubbing. In order to make this process easier, instead of using a fancy cleaning solution, just use white vinegar. Not only does vinegar disinfect by killing mold, germs and bacteria, but it also dissolves the scum that you find in your toilet bowl.

Sink

After looking away from your mirror, you may notice the hard water stains on the faucet below you. Scrubbing tends to just blur the already existing splotches. In order to get rid of them entirely, use an all-natural tool: a lemon. Rubbing a lemon over your bathroom hardware will break down hard water stains in a snap, having the added benefit of leaving your bathroom smelling lemony fresh!

Shower

The shower tends to be one of the most difficult projects of the bathroom, as soap scum can be fairly resilient against your average cleaner. Try going at it with a different angle by filling a dish wand with half dish soap and half vinegar. It will break through the grime better, leaving your bath or shower squeaky clean.  

Cleaning the bathroom will never be a fun task, but by using these tips, you’re sure to save time and energy for more entertaining activities. Strictly Tile has partnered with Permatreat to bring Seattle homeowners the best, longest lasting tile solutions. To learn more about bathroom care and maintenance, visit our website today. To learn more about Permatreat solutions, give us a call at 206-375-5858.

How to Keep Your Tile Looking Newer, Longer

When you update your home’s tile, you’re making an investment in your house’s value. Once you have made the investment of time and money to improve your home’s tile, you are probably hoping not to have to do it again in the near future. However, sometimes life gets in the way and maintaining your tile isn’t always at the top of your to do list. While not all tile is made equal, there are several ways to keep your tile clean, safe, and looking new for many years to come.

Choose High Quality Tile

Like many things in life, sometimes it’s worth paying a little more initially for higher quality products that will last for years to come. That way, you can avoid having to update and replace your tile in the near future and thus the higher quality material essentially pays for itself. There are many things to take into account when choosing tile for your home, including material, design, size, how it will fit into your homes overall aesthetics, and more. Opting for tile that is a bit higher quality initially may serve you in the long run, as it will be less likely to be damaged over time.

Perma Treat Seal

Top notch tile is a great start, but using a high quality sealing solution is a great way to make your tile essentially last forever. At Strictly Tile, we use Perma Treat as our sealing solution because this professional grade solution will seal your tile and make it nearly impenetrable for dirt, water, and other damaging substances. We use this product because it comes with a lifetime guarantee for waterproofness of your stone and tile surfaces. When a professional applies Perma Treat to your tile, it is protected for life and backed by professional support. That means you’ll have new looking tile for years to come with just routine cleanings for maintenance.

Nothing Can Replace Routine Cleaning

If you have strong tile and an impenetrable seal, your tile should be set for years to come. These high quality products, however, do not make your tile immune to dust, pet hair, and other substances that come with living in your home. Quick routine cleanings are a great way to remove dust and dander to renew your tile’s shine. When you choose our team for your tile needs, we’ll equip you with tile that can look new forever, as long as you’re willing to give it the occasional once over with a sponge and quick sweep with a broom!

For kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor areas, and what have you, tile is a great solution for your home. Taking steps such as choosing good tile, applying quality sealer, and keeping up with routine cleanings are great ways to keep your tile looking clean and new for years to come. To learn more about Strictly Tile and our tile solutions, visit our website today!

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Why We Choose Perma Treat

At Strictly Tile, we take the craftsmanship and care of tile throughout your home very seriously. We also think about how our products and services affect the people and the world around us. That’s why we stick to Perma Treat for cleaning and lasting maintenance. Perma Treat is more than a sealer, it is a lifetime guarantee for the waterproofness of your stone and tile surfaces.

Countertops Are Covered

As most customers who have previously bought granite can tell you, these natural surfaces get dull and dirty quickly. Without the proper sealer covering the surface, most sealants will wear off within a few short months, leaving homeowners to re-seal surfaces in their kitchen every year. The Perma Treat seal leaves your kitchen countertops feeling just as smooth on the surface as they ever did. Say good-bye to trapped dirt and bacteria, hello Perma Treat.

Keeping Kitchen and Hallway Tile Clean

Even if you wanted to DIY your home remodel, it is a good idea to call in a professional to prepare, clean and seal your flooring. The surest way to see wear and tear over time is through the change in grout color. What was once white collects dirt and dust until it becomes a dark gray or black. Our team stops the discoloration before it even starts! If you’ve already noticed the change, our professional grade cleaning solution will have it looking as good as new in no time, and allowing for just a simple clean to get it back to new again for as long as you own it.

Preserve Your Private Haven in the Bathroom

Imagine a walk-in, tile covered shower area with rain showerheads coming from the ceiling to complete the feel of your little oasis. Then think about how much time you need to scrub all the grout clean. Dirt and grime love to accumulate in the bathroom and shower. The Perma Treat layer of protection seals uneven surfaces throughout the bathroom to prevent dirt from burying itself under the surface in your home spa. That means, this product has the power of cutting your bathroom cleaning battle in half. While the warranty doesn’t mean you’ll never have to clean again, it makes cleaning significantly easier by keeping the dirt, grime, and soap scum on the surface from burying itself in your bathroom.

Outdoorsy Types

When inviting the neighbors over for a BBQ or throwing a member of your family a surprise birthday party out on the back patio, the last thing you want to worry about is the mold and mildew that collects during the year. Perma Treat is the answer to outdoor moisture and humidity. Once a team of professionals has cleaned and treated your patio area, you’ll wonder where Perma Treat has been your whole life.

At Strictly Tile, we know how much of an investment our homeowners make to bring out the beauty in their homes. Specialty materials such as porcelain, marble or granite are sure to catch the attention of any visitor and improve the overall appeal of a home. By investing in the right maintenance tools, your home holds on to that fresh look and feel for years without a backbreaking cleaning and scrubbing regimen. Perma Treat offers a lifetime warranty on all indoor surfaces and a 15-year warranty on outdoor services. Visit our website today to learn how we can make Perma Treat your solution!

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Best Ways to Clean Your Tile Grout

Cleaning your bathroom can be time consuming. Tile grout is one of those small aspects of the bathroom that can make a large impact in regards to cleanliness. The tile can be spotless, but if the grout is discolored it can make the whole bathroom feel dirtier. Here are a few tips of how you can make your tile grout shine, with as little effort as possible.

 

Steam Cleaner

If you have the funds to buy or rent a steam cleaner to clean your grout, then this is a fairly simple solution. Ensure that the steam cleaner has the required attachments, a steam hose and small brush, and you can get started. Follow the setup instructions that come with the steamer, and do not add any extra chemicals.

Turn it on and run the brush over the grout, where it will take up both grime and mildew, then be sure to wipe up the extra moisture at the end. Be careful with sealed grout though, as steam cleaners can destroy sealant.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

For those that would rather save money, here’s a more DIY solution. As a warning, vinegar can harm some natural stones such as limestone or marble, though it’s fine for colored grout. Combine three parts baking soda to one part water and mix it together in order to create a paste. Put this paste all over your grout, and then spray it with a mixture that is one part water and one part white vinegar.

This will cause a bubbling reaction, which shows that it’s working. Once the bubbling stops, use a toothbrush to scrub at the grout, and when you’re finished mop the floor with plain water to get rid of the leftover paste. You’ll be left with sparkly clean tile grout.

Perma Treat

At Strictly Tile, our go-to product for cleaning and maintaining tile is Perma Treat. Perma Treat is a professionally applied cleaning product with a lifetime guarantee on indoor surfaces. Our team can help your kitchen or bathroom floor stay cleaner longer. Once you’ve had this service done, your tile will last longer and look brand new over the years with routine cleaning. You’ll pay for it once, and have the lifetime guarantee of high quality, clean and strong tile and granite in your home.  

Oxygenated Bleach

Bleach is a slightly stronger option than baking soda and vinegar, though it should be fine for all tile types. However, unlike the solution above, it may damage colored tile, so choose your DIY accordingly. You may want to test the solution in a corner of the room to make sure there are no ill effects.

Add two tablespoons of bleach to two cups of warm water, and pour it onto a small portion of the grout. Use a toothbrush to scrub away the grime, occasionally putting more bleach powder on the wet brush for a stronger solution. Be sure to mop well afterward to clear your floor of bleach.

Whether you choose a steam cleaner or a DIY solution, you can make sure that your grout is squeaky clean after your next bathroom cleaning session. To learn more about tile in your home, visit our website today!

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