How to Fix Common Tiles & Grout Issues

Are your tiles and grout not looking as pristine as they once were? Do you scrub and clean routinely with no improvement? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Cleaning your tile and grout on a regular basis can be a tiring, time consuming chore that many of us hate, but if you’re not seeing the results you want, you’re probably even more frustrated by the process. 

In this article, we’ll take you through some of the more common issues that can occur with tile and grout, what causes them and how you can fix them.

Common Problems with Tiles & Grout

There are several reasons your tiles and grout might not be looking as great as they once were. In this section, we’ll discuss some of the most common issues many homeowners face and what causes them.

Stained Tiles & Grout 

Stained tiles and grout is a common problem for many homeowners. Once the dirt and grime gets ingrained into the tiles or grout, you just can’t get rid of it, regardless of how hard you try or how regularly you clean the area.

There are a few reasons you may have stains on your tiles. This may be because:
– you haven’t cleaned up spills likely to stain tiles quickly enough
– you’re using too much water on your tiled floors, causing the minerals in tap water to infiltrate the surface
– water has seeped underneath your tiles


Efflorescence is a fancy name for that white, salty or chalky residue that is left behind or appears after you’ve cleaned your tiles and grout. This is commonly due to water seeping through your tiles, which leads to minerals crystallising and forming the white substance that forms on your floor.

Damaged or Dull/Milky Looking Tiles

Damaged or dull looking tiles can be a result of many things including:
– using the wrong product, harsh chemicals or steel wool on your tiles
– not maintaining a regular cleaning routine
– not having a sealant on your tiles

However, one of the most common causes of this issue is, in fact, being too forceful with your tiles. Tiles are a delicate thing, no matter how durable they claim to be. As such, you need to take care with them when cleaning and maintaining them if you want to prolong their lifespan.


Poor ventilation is often the cause of mould on tiles or in wet areas like the bathroom and kitchen. But did you know that soap and other bodily fluids are also food for mould?  

Dirty Grout 

Because grout sits below the surface of your tiles, it often acts as a “catch-all” for dirt and grime. So, while you may think you’re doing a good job of cleaning your tiles, it’s actually feeding into the grout, which builds up and becomes dirty-looking or even stained over time.

How to Fix Common Tile & Grout Issues 

The truth is that common household products and cleaning solutions just don’t have the ability to properly clean your tiles and grout the way it should be. Professional services such as those we offer at Sun Dry provide a deep clean that goes beyond the surface, returning your home into the hygienic and family friendly environment you deserve.

If it’s time you organised a professional tile and grout cleaning service from our qualified team, contact us today.