Tile and Grout Cleaning
Do you have a Quarry, Minton, Slate or Encaustic tiled floor that’s maybe looking a bit tired and sad, even when you mop and clean it, it still looks dull and dirty? If so, we can Clean and Restore it!
Do your grout lines look dirty and dull? Well we can clean these too.
We can then Seal your tiles and grout (or just the grout) to prevent dirt penetrating and to make cleaning easier.
Seemingly smooth surfaces become scratched and dulled from daily abrasion that in turn creates micro hiding places for dirt, oils, and bacteria. The condition worsens in a short amount of time and creates an unacceptable floor that cannot be cleaned by mop and bucket. When you wax over this ugly surface it only seals in the worn dirty look.
The newer ceramic tile flooring creates a problem on two fronts. First, the tile surfaces are engineered with more texture than ever before making the mop less useful and effective. Secondly, and even more noticeable and problematic, the grout between the tiles has even more texture to trap dirt residue left by mopping.
The problem is the cementatious lime based grout easily absorbs moisture, oils and sugars that in turn attract bacteria, dirt and other solids that change the overall appearance by darkening the grout. Other porous surfaces like brick, Italian quarry tile, limestone and other engineered floorings all acts like concrete or grout, absorbing liquids, oils and dirt to a point that their appearance also darkens with time.
Chemicals can dilute the grime well enough, but without effective removal the formed slurry only soaks deeper into the grout. Rotary scrubbers fail to reach into the grout lines or the texture of the tiles. Tile and grout is often associated with food halls, restaurants, rest rooms and leisure areas. Dirty tile and grout is not aesthetically pleasing. More importantly it is unhygienic. Bacteria collects in the grout lines along with oils, food matter, sugars and moisture. The final “MOP”of the day just makes the situation worse adding more moisture and dirt.
In the past this has been tackled by either labour intensive scrubbing with scrubbing brushes and detergents or accepting that after a number of years the floor will need lifting and relaying. This is clearly:
- Very expensive (Lost business while establishment is closed /Disruption to clientele and staff)
The new approach to this old problem is the use of the right tools.
Our hard surface cleaning tools have the ability to do more than dilute and suspend the dirt. The combination of hot water, high pressure, emulsifier and vacuum creates a one step cleaning process. First the dirt, bacteria and grime is released from its anchoring position by applying an emulsifier. The pressurised water seeks out unwanted grime, bacteria and chemical residues hidden in microscopic pockets within the tile and grout. Finally suction removes the dirty water and leaves the tile and grout clean.
Once the tile and grout has been cleaned there is there are a number of options:
- Clean only
- Clean and Clear seal
The purpose of sealing the grout is to protect the surface from soil and stains. The grout lines are always below the surface of the tile and behave as “sinks” or “gulley’s” where soil and water can collect. Each mopping, while improving the appearance of the tile will further soil the grout lines. As the mopping progresses, the water becomes more and more soiled.
The soiled water is deposited in the grout lines where the absorbent, rough surface soaks it up and holds it in (anyone who has ever had light coloured grout knows it can turn jet black very quickly). The purpose of grout sealer is to prevent the grout from absorbing and holding the soil. It will still be deposited on the grout but it will be easier to remove by general cleaning and much less likely to cause a permanent stain or discolouration.