Does Cleaning Your Tile and Grout Leave You Disappointed?
We have seen many frustrated people spend hours trying to clean grout lines with very little success. In fact, we have not met anyone where grout cleaning or tile cleaning ranked up on the list of things people love to do. Sweeping and mopping your tile floor may have worked initially, but over time the gradual build up of grime, especially in your grout lines becomes impossible to clean on your own. What once was nice clean grout lines, now are dark and dirty looking. Once dirt gets in the grout lines, it becomes more of a challenge to clean. Why? Grout is porous and allows dirt and other contaminants to be trapped below the surface, making it difficult if not impossible to remove with regular mopping.
Surface With A Smile Tile Cleaning and Grout Cleaning methods provides an easy answer to that problem.
Our professional tile cleaning and grout cleaning services in Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana and Owensboro, Kentucky are comprehensive. We are specialized in both grout cleaning and tile cleaning methods.
Our Grout Cleaning and Tile Cleaning Process
Pre-Treatment of the Tile and Grout
First, we apply a mild alkaline solution to a section of the floor and allow it to soak for approximately 15 minutes. In a severe case of soiling we will use a rotary floor machine to agitate the cleaning agent. This pre-treatment loosens accumulated soil, grease, and contaminants, and prepares the surface for our cleaning process. The alkaline solution does not produce any harmful fumes, and ordinary ventilation removes the mild scent within minutes of completion of the job. If necessary we will use a safe gentle acid to attempt to remove any staining that did not come out with the alkaline cleaning agent.
Turbo Washing the Tile and Grout
We use a pressurized cleaning system designed specifically for tile & grout, acrylic, and epoxy surfaces. Our truck mounted cleaning process washes the floor to extract soil and grease from the pores of the tile and grout or other hard surfaces. The system generates water pressure of 600 to 1,200 psi and water temperature of approximately 200 degrees to soften and extract years of soil and contaminants. The floor tool connects to a powerful vacuum hose, which sucks the cleaning disk to the floor, and confines the water spray inside the 16-inch disk. There is virtually no splash over to worry about. The vacuum hose draws away the water, along with the dirt, to a containment tank on our truck, and we dispose of the wastes in accordance with EPA regulations. You will find that in most situations our process restores the tile & grout to 85 to 90 percent of its original appearance. Some stains, (red wine, mustard, dyes, etc.) will not come out because they dye the grout, but the combination of heat, water pressure, and suction removes most stains.
Video of Tile Cleaning and Grout Cleaning
Sometimes the dirt is so compacted into the grout lines, you will need to use a steam cleaner with a grout cleaning attachment. See next video:
Did You Know
We have a steam machine with a grout cleaning attachment that we can use when the grout can not be cleaned by a pressure tool alone. Take a look at the video below and see how effective and friendly our steam machine can be!
Video of Steam Cleaning Tile and Grout Floor
We are the only company in the Tri-state that has made this additional commitment to having the right tools for whatever situation we come across.
Sealing the Tile and Grout Floor
After we clean the floor and allow it to dry, we will determine if sealing the floor is appropriate. We can seal the floor using either an impregnating or topical sealer. If we are using an impregnating sealer the tile & grout floor absorbs the sealer to fill in the pores thereby creating a barrier against future staining. The sealer does not change the appearance of the floors by adding a shine or luster. Instead, it preserves the natural beauty of the surface. However, for some floors a topical sealer is the correct choice.
How to Maintain Your Tile Floor
We will provide instructions for your in-house or commercial cleaning people on how to properly care for the floors, and show them what kind of cleaners will do the best job without breaking down the sealer. In addition, we will contact you in a pre-arranged cycle and offer our services to do touch-up cleaning and re-sealing as needed. A regular maintenance program will keep your floors in top condition and appearance.