- After cleaning floors, dry them quickly using air movers.
- Seal grout lines or porous tiles after the floors are dry. This helps to keep out the moisture that can infiltrate as a result of daily maintenance cleaning. A seal breathes and allows any moisture remaining below the surface to escape.
- Because efflorescence is more easily seen in dark colored grout, reduce the amount of water in the grout by choosing a sealer with a solvent carrier.
When cleaning tile and grout you can encounter some unexpected problems. Once concern is a white haze left on the grout or on the tile after the floors dry. Two factors can produce this haze: efflorescence and sealer haze. Efflorescence appears as a white power, normally on the grout. Sealer haze appears as a milky white haze where sealer has pooled and dried on the surface rather than penetrating the grout or stone. It is easily seen on dark colored grout. Efflorescence can occur anytime there is moisture in masonry material – grout, concrete or ceramic flooring. It may happen even after a thorough cleaning. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the possibility of efflorescence forming: