Ceramic tile, known for it’s durability, easy maintenance, and cost effectiveness is gaining popularity as an alternative floor covering to carpet or wood. However, ceramic tile is one of the most abused and overlooked floor surfaces in most homes simply because it is notoriously difficult to clean. Every homeowner knows that regular mopping, home tile cleaners, and home grout cleaning methods just don’t do the trick. What makes tile and grout cleaning so difficult? Dirt and contaminants gradually build up in crevices and grout lines over time. On top of that, routine mopping of a ceramic tile floor leaves a dirty detergent residue that is continually being absorbed into the grout. When a tile floor is installed it’s not common for a grout sealer to be applied. Since most grout is naturally porous, when left unsealed, dirt, cooking oil, grease and detergent residues become embedded. Once these contaminants are embedded it requires professional cleaning and restoration to remove. After the cleaning process a grout sealer should be applied to all grout channels. This reduces the porosity of the grout, making routine cleanings more effective for a longer lasting, clean appearance.
Guaranteed Karpet Kleen offers a multi step cleaning process for ceramic tile and grout-
First, the floor to be cleaned will be toured with the client and inspected. This allows the client to point out any problem areas as well as raise any questions or concerns regarding the cleaning process. This also allows the technician to evaluate the condition of the tile and grout and point out any areas of concern from the professional cleaners perspective. Next all baseboards and appliances in the areas to be cleaned will be protected using painters tape and plastic sheeting where necessary. The tile and grout are then presprayed with a high ph emulsifier and the grout channels are agitated using a stiff-bristled, angled grout brush. This solution is allowed to dwell on the tile for several minutes to release the soils that have accumulated over time. The tile and grout are then rinsed with high pressure (800-1000 psi) hot water (200 degrees) utilizing an SX-12 tile and grout tool and a Hydramaster Boxxer 423 truck mounted cleaning plant. This system actually pressure washes the tile while extracting the solution and suspended soil with a high powered vacuum, depositing both in a holding tank. Any problem areas that remain are cleaned again, this time using a low ph prespray. Finally, the grout is sealed with an application of Stonetech Grout Sealer and air movers are deployed to blow the floor dry. The tile is now ready for client inspection and return to normal use.