Unsightly build-up or soap scum in the grout of bathroom tile or kitchen tile not only disgusts guests but also makes unwinding after a hard day's work more unpleasant than it needs to be. Cleaning the surface of the ceramic floors has not done any good: a lumberjack could scrub it for two days straight, but the unsightly particles would remain stuck in the grout. No matter who or what cleans the floor tile, the floor will continue looking like a health hazard. After looking at the filthy floor tile for so long, a home-owner or landlord should begin looking for a good solution. It is time to call local ceramic tile contractors for estimates so that the new tile installation can be completed before the relatives' next visit. After calling several local ceramic tile contractors to do comparison shopping, the lowest-bidding contractor who estimates that he/she will take the least time to finish the job should be selected. As with most home improvement projects, you may be inconvenienced for a while because the family will not be able to use the kitchen or the bathroom until the contractor finishes. Therefore, it is important to consider both the cost and the estimated length of time it will take the contractor to finish the job. As comparison shopping is taking place, it may also be smart to ask some friends/acquaintances which local ceramic tile contractors they have had the best luck with in the past. Of course, hiring a contractor who has a lot of experience with installing ceramic floors will probably produce the best results. Consider asking family and friends a way to do a background check on the potential contractors. The contractor may have tile floor samples from which the consumer can choose and buy directly from the contractor. Alternatively, the home-owner could buy sufficient bathroom tile or kitchen tile for the contractor to successfully complete the tile installation. The latter option involves being able to find the area of the space (length x width) so that the contractor will have enough floor tile to complete the project in a timely manner. Ceramic floor tile and grout come in many colors, styles, and patterns. There are so many styles and brands of ceramic floor tiles that even the most particular consumer is sure to be pleased once a contractor completes the bathroom tile and/or kitchen tile installation project.