How Hard Water Leads to More Tile Cleaning and Recaulking

Hard water is…well, hard on your home. Mineral deposits can build up on faucets and in water pipes.  It can also play havoc on your tiled surfaces.

If you live in an area with hard water, you understand the perils of unwanted stains and mineral build-up. Hard water is defined by its high concentration of calcium, lime, and iron content.  It can even contain magnesium.  When this water evaporates, it leaves behind a layer of residue that can be incredibly difficult to clean. Left to build up in your showers and sinks, this residue can be very problematic.

Hard water can damage your grout, tile, and caulk.
Hard water can damage your grout, tile, and caulk.

Certain areas of the country have harder water than others. Some Midwest states, have some of the most mineral-filled water in the country.  But mineral-laden water can happen anywhere.  What causes this phenomenon?  Water collects mineral deposits as it moves through underground channels of limestone and chalk.  While it’s not harmful for bathing or consumption in regulated amounts, hard water wreaks havoc on grout and tile. It leaves unsightly white or orange deposits on tile and caulk, and limescale buildup can eventually damage your grout and caulk enough to require regrouting and recaulking.

Why do tiled surfaces get so dirty without tile and grout cleaning services?

Grout is a cement, filled with microscopic holes. If grout is not sealed, all those tiny pores are susceptible to catching every bit of dust, dirt, and grime that comes their way.  When mineral-filled water comes into contact with grout — like, every time you take a shower or get water on the tiled floor — it seeps into the grout.  When it dries, the water is gone, but the calcium and lime deposits remain.  Proper grout cleaning services as performed by The Grout Medic involve using a specialized vapor technology to free the material impacted in the porous grout, and wash it away, leaving nothing but clean, fresh grout in its place. We then seal the grout to protect it from further discoloration and damage.

Hard water grout cleaning yourself doesn’t really help.

The first problem with cleaning grout and tiles covered in limescale buildup is that you’re using the very same water that deposited the minerals in the first place. As much as you try to move quickly to clean and dry the grout and tile, that water still has time to penetrate the grout’s pores, only compounding the problem.  Next to that, the products that are manufactured to clean limescale and stains from your grout are much too harsh. That’s why a grout cleaning service is so important. Only experts like those with The Grout Medic can effectively clean your grout using methodology designed to remove all the hard water buildup and leave your grout looking like new. After every tile cleaning and grout cleaning service, we recommend the application of a grout sealant. This will cover the grout, keeping moisture, mold and mildew out, and making it easier for you to clean.

Searching for grout cleaning near me?

The Grout Medic has many locations across the United States.  If you have had enough of unsightly hard water stains and damage, It’s time to call your local Grout Medic for tile and grout cleaning services, along with recaulking, regrouting and water damage repair services.

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