Tile and grout cleaning (as opposed to natural stone floor cleaning) normally refers to the process of cleaning man-made ceramic and porcelain tiles. This is a more straightforward process than natural stone floor cleaning since the sealant (that is supplied to the floor once it has been cleaned) is only applied to the grout lines and not the actual tile itself.
Why Don’t The Tiles Need Sealing When The Grout Lines Do?
The vast majority of man-made ceramic and porcelain tiles have very low porosity (i.e. they don’t absorb liquids) and are therefore very resistant to dirt and stains. Whilst it is technically possible to apply a very high grade impregnating solvent sealer to man-made tiles (which could give a very small amount of additional protection) it is not really necessary or cost effective under most circumstances. However, the grout lines are very porous and must be sealed to make them more resistant to dirt and staining.
How Can We Help?
Many years ago, it used to be that once your tile floor became so stained that your only option was to replace the floor entirely. Luckily that is no longer the case. At Abracadabra Cleaning Services, we provide an extensive deep cleaning process that will restore dirty tiles and provide a fantastic appearance to the whole floor. Your tiled flooring are large investments both financially and personally and should receive routine professional cleaning in order to keep them in excellent condition. You see in the picture the difference a professional clean can make.
Our Thorough Eight Step Tile & Grout Cleaning & Grout Sealing Process:
1) Pre-Inspection: – Technicians will make note of all challenging areas and set your expectations as well as come up with a solution for each area.
2) Area Preparation: – We will prepare the areas surrounding the tile, making sure not to disturb any carpeted or hardwood floors. At this point all furniture that will be cleaned under is moved.
3) Dry soil removal: – Our technicians thoroughly sweep and vacuum the entire area, maximizing the results we obtain. As in any cleaning process, dry soil removal is the most important.
4) Soil Suspension: – We use the highest quality products. The cleaning agent sprayed over the entire surface of your tile is the most scientifically advanced tile cleaner on the market.
5) Cleaning: – Complex and difficult areas are agitated manually with a brush and for really challenging heavy use areas, a mechanical rotating brush is employed. The entire floor is then cleaned using a state of the art self-contained pressure cleaning system known as the SX-12 floor cleaning tool.
6) Rinsing: – A rinse solution is used to balance the pH of your floor.
7) Sealing: – It is important to seal the grout lines to protect them from dirt and staining. The tiles themselves do not normally require sealing due to their very low porosity.
8) Post-inspection: – Technicians will initiate a walk through and go over results before leaving.
Homeowners Guide To Ceramic Tile Cleaning
Use mats in entrance or walkway areas to protect ceramic floor tiles. Mats protect the tiles from dirt, grit, sand and oil. It is also worth using protective pads to furniture to protect your ceramic tiles by fixing felt or similar pads to the legs of any metal, iron, wood, or plastic furniture. Ceramic tiles can normally be restored to an excellent condition when cleaned professionally but there are things the homeowner can do between major cleans:
1. Always vacuum or dust hard floor surfaces before mopping.
2. Clean ceramic tiles with warm water only. Do not use scouring powders or other abrasives which can scratch the finish. Prevention becomes essential with these floor surfaces. Regularly apply a sealant found in tile stores to slate, tile and also the ceramic tile grout.
3. Clean spills immediately.
Homeowners Guide To Grout Cleaning
Grouts are porous and so easily absorb grease, dirt and lime scale. Drink or grease spillages on the floor cause marks and patches in the joints in the floor. Grout between wall-tiles, particularly in damp areas like bathrooms, will become dirty and unattractive as a result of Mould, Mildew and Limescale. Yellow, orange and pink stains can discolour the grout in bath or shower areas due to continued use of acid formulated shampoos and soaps. So grout cleaning is often required. Grout can often be restored to an excellent condition when cleaned professionally but there are many things the homeowner can do between professional cleans:
1. If you are cleaning the grout between ceramic floor tiles – many stains are on the surface of the grout and can be removed with sandpaper. Just fold the sandpaper into a crease, and work it back and forth along the grout line. If sandpaper doesn’t work, you may have better results by applying a pencil eraser.
2. For more stubborn stains – spray on a commercial grout cleaner or a heavy-duty all-purpose cleaning solution with bleach. Wait for several minutes. (Longer if stains are stubborn). Do not use bleach on coloured grout.
3. Scrub the grout with a stiff scrub brush or a grout brush, then rinse thoroughly.
4. Dry with a white towel or paper towels.
5. To protect the grout use a grout sealer product.
6. If bleach doesn’t do the job, you may need to remove and replace the grout. Use a grout-removal tool or a rotary tool with a carbide tip. After you install new grout, seal it with a grout sealer to reduce the likelihood of future stains setting in. Reapply sealer once every two years.
Remember to wear rubber gloves and keep the room well ventilated while grout cleaning.
Need Help Tile & Grout Cleaning?
If you have any questions about tile & grout cleaning or need help, please book our free, no-obligation evaluation now or get in touch with us at Abracadabra Cleaning Services – click here for contact details.