Get Spick n’ Span with Tile Cleaning and Grout Sealing

Get Spick n’ Span with Tile Cleaning and Grout Sealing
By Robert Russell

While a general cleaning of the house is easy, there are specific things that require extra attention and care. The flooring is one such example. Cleaning your tile floor on your own is not as easy as you may think it is. While you may be cleaning it a little every day, overtime it becomes impossible as dirt keeps getting accumulated and more and more resistant to cleaning. Professional tile cleaning and grout sealing services help you get a ‘brand new’ look and finish. Tile and grout floors are excellent and provide the look, durability and great resistance but if you don’t take care of it, it’ll lose all of that.

The problem is that people often directly mop a floor making the dirt stronger. It is necessary to first dry sweep or vacuum a floor before using a mop. This ensures the dirt does not go deep into the surface. It’s also very important to wash the mop after cleaning to ensure that it does not stick to the dirt. Sometimes, we may be using certain cleaning products that are very harsh only making our floor more and more damaged with every use. Every different kind of flooring has different cleaning needs and you need to ensure you are not damaging your floor in efforts to clean it the wrong way! That’s where a professional comes in, to help you understand your flooring, its needs and specific requirements.

Grout is a highly porous material and it therefore easily collects all the dirt, grime and every spill! This often makes it lose its original look and discolors the flooring. A daily cleaning process may not be effective on grout as one can’t reach deep enough for complete spick and span results. The dirt reaches deep within the grout lines and normal cleaning solutions and tools don’t have the power to reach deep within. Professionals and experts have the right products and equipment that get the job done! High pressure water and vacuum cleaning may be all you need if you have been regularly relying on expert cleaning help but sometimes it could be more. Today, it’s even possible to get a seal done over your tiled floors, post cleaning, to help it remain cleaner and sparkling for a much longer time. This seal stops the grime and spills to get to deep into the floor.

Tile cleaning and grout sealing enhance the overall look and hygiene of your home environment!

Robert Russell operates Elements Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Please check out his web site at elementsrestoration.ca or email him at  for more information.

Keep Your Tile and Grout Looking Like the Day It Was Cleaned

I know how hard it can be to keep your tile and grout floors looking great after you have Sureshine deep clean them. You don’t want them to get back to that soiled appearance. Use these easy to follow maintenance guidelines to get the most long term value from your newly deep cleaned  and sealed floors. Call Sureshine today at (800)378-0266 to make your tile and grout look like new again or visit our website and get your floor cleaning quote right now!

All of the products listed below are available at www.easystonecare.com.

When caring for your tile and grout floors it is important to remember a few simple rules.

  1. Water is the enemy of tile and grout floors, especially the grout. Water carries dust and other particulates into the tile and dries. This causes the dark soiling to accumulate in the small holes and grout. When this happens, professional cleaning is needed to restore your floor.
  2. Holes are common in travertine floors and require constant attention. You can fill these holes using the appropriate filler of your choice. Please the Filling holes section below.
  3. Dry dust mops, vacuums, and brooms will save you thousands of dollars over the life of your floor. When mopping is necessary, make sure the surface is thoroughly dried with a towel before the solution dries on the surface. When mop water is allowed to dry on the surface, dirt and soiling is pulled, by gravity into the tiny holes and grout and builds up over time causing the need for expensive services.
  4. Use felt pads under all furniture to prevent scratching and protect the floor from wheeled chairs to prevent compacting holes.

Tools to have on hand:

  1. Neutral Cleaner
  2. Vacuum with soft bristle wand
  3. Several Large Towels
  4. Microfiber Dust Mop

Evaluate Surfaces to begin maintenance:.

  1. Check all grout areas especially in areas around doorways and in walkways. The baseboards should be caulked to prevent moisture from going under them and causing damage over time. Patch any missing grout prior to starting your maintenance.
  2. Look closely at the surface for water absorption. If the surface absorbs water, it should be sealed prior to beginning your maintenance. Allow sealed areas to stay dry cure for a minimum of 2 days.
  3. Check the surface for cracks and loose tiles. Cracks are usually a subsurface cause. If you floor is set over a slab, cracks can be transfer from a crack in the slab. Many customers choose to fill these cracks as opposed to repairing the main problem. Understand that these types of cracks will need to be repaired occasionally as movement occurs.

Daily, Weekly, Biweekly Maintenance:

  1. Dust Mop the surface daily to remove residues from dust as well as pet hair and dander. If you have no pets, your Dust Mopping can be less frequent.
  2. Textured Surfaces must be vacuumed regularly to remove debris from the grout lines and lower parts of the stone that a dust mop may not reach. There are a few automatic vacuums on the market that have many customers have had good success with.
  3. Spot clean areas that get frequent use with the appropriate Neutral Cleaner and remove residues completely with a towel.
  4. When mopping is necessary using a correctly diluted Neutral Cleaner; apply enough cleaning solution to the floor so that it does not dry before you have an opportunity to dry it. Use a large towel under the velcro frame of your Microfiber Dust Mop head to dry the floor thoroughly. You want to see the soiling on the towel.

 

  1. Check your floor for holes and scratches and address the causes if necessary. Fix felt pads and prevent wheeled chairs from damaging the surface.
  2. Check your sealer periodically to insure you have adequate protection. Many travertines are very dense but some can be absorbent so keep an eye on this.
  3. When major spills, scratches, and other damage occurs; don’t be afraid to call a professional. Professional stone refinishers exist to help you get the most out of your investment long term by keeping your floors looking like new.

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