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You did everything right.
but the dirty grout comes back.
You will be surprised how many new homeowners are surprised to learn they do not have gray grout but a bright tan. You are not alone. Even more surprising, architects report that even after specking to have their new tile floors sealed, 95% of the complaints they see on their brand new buildings in the first month deal with stained grout.
You are not alone. In some cases, the more you work at cleaning your grout the worse it looks. How can that be?
Answer: Vinegar and acidic cleaners.
The popular tile shop myth is that vinegar is a great tile cleaner. Replace vinegar with “acid” and realize there is a whole class of tile cleaners that contribute to this problem. Sure the tile is clean, but the grout seal is being destroyed, allowing the grout to be stained. In fact, it often will lighten the grout. Unfortunately, cleaning and lightening are two very different things, and in this case lightening is not a good thing.
Here are three reasons why you do NOT want to use vinegar or acidic cleaners on a tile floor:
So cleaning with vinegar/acid cleaners will eventually result in your grout being lightened and then stained to a dark brown or black.
On the other hand, clean with a basic, alkali or non-acidic (doesn’t have to be neutral just not acidic) and your grout will retain its original color and allow its seal to last longer for a cleaner more colorful grout surface.
…Of course if you are already facing a stained grout problem, a faded grout problem, or just want a different color. Call your local MARBLELIFE office and ask them about their COLORSEAL options. MARBLELIFE can clean, restore a uniform color, and seal your floors against further staining.