All You Need To Know About Tile and Grout in Your Jacksonville Bathroom

4812790943_d0736071a5_oTile has become a popular choice for homeowners. It adds class to decor and resists wear and scratches in a way that linoleum can’t. Historically, tile was only available to the wealthy, but with modern advances, the number of adherents has expanded. Many people install it in bathrooms, one of the most heavily used rooms in the house. If you’re one of the many who love the beauty of tiling for your bathroom shower or floor, here are some advantages and tips for the tile and grout in your Jacksonville bathroom.

Advantages of Tile

Many of us breathed a sigh of relief when carpeted bathrooms went out of vogue. While rugs can create a luxurious feel for your feet, an unwashable, carpeted floor in the bathroom is…mostly gross. As an alternative to carpeted bathrooms, linoleum held the day for most of the 20th century.

However, I’m sure you’ve seen unsightly stains underneath linoleum too. This is where tile comes in. Tile is considered the most water-resistant kind of bathroom flooring. Since bathrooms are the most moisture-heavy rooms in the house, tile is an easy choice. If it’s glazed and sealed correctly, it will withstand spills, water, and pet accidents. That’s a winner for bathrooms. With tile, you won’t have to deal with bubbling, peeling, or “bottom-up” staining.

In addition to being moisture-resistant, tile is very easy to maintain. On a general basis, a little soap and water will keep it looking good. It’s best to use non-abrasive, non-acidic cleaning products.

In comparison to linoleum, tile is also less likely to fade and more likely to last longer. The durability of tile is one of its most-advertised features.

Grout Considerations

Whether you’re installing new tile or have existing tile, make sure that the grout has a good sealant too. Otherwise, spills can crack the grout and leak into the subflooring, which will cause more costly repairs in the future. Not only that, but dirty or moldy grout gets unsightly. As with tile, grout with a sealant won’t need to be cleaned as often.

Cleaning Needs

Your tile floor or shower should maintain the color it had when it was new. If you notice discoloration or stains, it’s time for a more in-depth cleaning. Unlike linoleum, tile is not supposed to get discolored. Ideally, tile and grout should be cleaned professionally every 12 to 18 months to rid your floor of bacteria, mold, and mildew.

Choosing and maintaining quality tile and grout in your Jacksonville bathroom will provide you with many years of aesthetic success.