Grout cleaning and sealing

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Three of our bathrooms have white hex porcelain tile. The grout is very light. These bathrooms were all built new 10 yrs ago.

During Q we have not had our regular cleaning help, and so I have been doing a lot of cleaning. I noticed (for the first time) that the grout color is not uniform in these bathrooms, meaning some areas are dirty even though they appear clean. So i bought grout cleaner and scrubbed the grout lines, but with 1" hex tile you can imagine how much fun that is. I used a steam mop, but that did nothing, unless I used the grout attachment, which is really just scrubbing on hands and knees, too.

I ended up deciding to call in Stanley Steemer, which is very inexpensive ($144 for 3 bathrooms) and will be here tomorrow. The catch is ..... do I hire them to do grout sealer?

They offer 2 choices:

Clear seal is an invisible layer of protection that penetrates into the pores of the grout. (adds ~$100 to the quote) Color seal is an acrylic-based barrier that covers the grout line and is 100% water proof, so dirt and spills wipe right off it. We can match almost any color and it lasts about 2-3 times longer than the clear seal. (adds ~$300 to the quote)

These bathroom s don't get particularly punishing use and are in very good shape. For example, we have no mold or mildew. So IDK. Should we just seal the grout ourselves?

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