Centerville homeowners, there is no doubt most of you have carpeting, hardwood floors, and probably a good bit of tile flooring.
Tile floors are great because they are fairly easy to maintain, and if something is spilled, relatively easy to clean. Some homeowners prefer tiles floors over other types because of their durability and longevity. While soft surfaces like carpet tend to show wear areas in just a few short years, tile floors are quite durable.
One issue many tile floors have is with grout lines. While most tiles themselves are non-porous, the grout is not. Sometimes light-colored grout lines can soak up spills and stains and be very difficult to clean.
One way to prevent this from happening is to protect the grout. You can do this with a protective sealant, which you can usually purchase from the same store from which you purchased your tile flooring. Also most big box stores carry quality grout sealing products. The time to apply this is when the tile floors are new or after they have been thoroughly cleaned.
With proper application of a quality grout sealant product, you will have time to clean up spills before they soak in and stain the grout.
Everyone moves things around, such as their appliances, especially when it is time to do a thorough cleaning. When that happens, your tile floors are in danger!
Sliding a refrigerator, range, washer, or dryer can scratch and scrape tile floors, leaving unsightly marks. Unless the feet of your appliances are soft, such as coated with rubber, this is something to be aware of.
When moving heavy appliances on tile floors, putting small squares of carpet, upside down, under the front legs will keep damage from happening. Then, as the appliance is pulled out, put squares of carpet under the back legs. If the squares of carpet aren’t visible just leave them there and you won’t have to worry about this issue in the future.
It pays to think ahead, especially when dealing with your tile flooring.