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Why Your DIY methods of Grout Cleaning Don’t Work

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These days, it’s more popular than ever to take a DIY approach when solving problems around the house. With so many different YouTube channels and websites dedicated to doing everything from installing your own plumbing to setting up solar panels, it might seem like something as simple as grout cleaning is an easy enough task to take on yourself. Don’t be fooled by the videos that claim you can get fresh looking grout in less than ten minutes. There are many benefits of grout cleaning, but here are just a few of the reasons why you should leave it to the professionals.

1) There’s No One-Size Fits All Approach

For most people, grout is just grout, right? Wrong. Every house is different and so too is every room in a house. If you’re looking to clean grout in your bathroom, there may be as narrow as a quarter centimeter to work with, while porch tiles could feature a half inch of grout to clean. Different methods of grout cleaning work for different amounts of surface area. Professionals have the experience and the tools to deal with any kind of grout cleaning.

The environment that the grout is in also pays a contributing factor to how it should be cleaned. Grout in the bathroom is typically exposed to much more moisture and has to be handled differently than grout exposed to less moisture. If you treat all grout the same when cleaning it, you could cause some damage that typically makes for a costly repair.

2) You Probably Don’t Have the Right Tools

Unlike tile, grout is not something you can clean with basic household items or products. Tiles are simple and for the most part, can be cleaned with household products on a routine basis—with the occasional professional job every year or so. However, grout is very different from tile. It tends to be more absorbent, causing chemicals from your cleaning products to get trapped in the grout. When they do get trapped, you may have increased wear and tear. To clean it properly, you need the right tools and products specifically designed for grout cleaning alone.

3) Grout Cleaning Takes Forever

A lot of DIY projects are fun. Something like building a shelf can be a quick and rewarding process. Sometimes within an hour, you can see the result of your work and use whatever you made immediately. DIY grout cleaning is completely different. It requires you to get on your hands and knees and patiently scrub out the dirt and grime that has built up over the years. You can’t do it too hard or too fast or you may damage the grout. As a result, it can take hours just to even do one corner of a room. Grout cleaning on your own time is simply not worth the energy.

Why Professional Grout Cleaning Makes Sense

Many of us want to be our own DIY experts. When it comes to exciting projects like building a fire pit or adding a loft to a room, that’s when you should roll up your sleeves, pull out the toolbox and get started. However, for the boring and labor-intensive jobs like grout cleaning, it just makes sense to leave it the professionals. At SteamCo, we have the tools and experience to get the job done quickly and at a minimal cost to you so you can stay focused on the things you really want to do. Get in touch today so we can do your grout cleaning for you.

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