Tile flooring is expensive and it does not take much to permanently damage tile or grout when using inferior cleaning techniques. If you need tile cleaning, you need to find the right company for it. We will gladly come to your home or business and perform a free cleaning demonstration to any 4 square foot area of your choice and give you a written quote for the areas you want cleaned.
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Ceramic or Porcelain Tile:
Ceramic and Porcelain have the most common methods of tile cleaning in the industry. In addition, ceramic and porcelain tile are the most common in homes as well. Usually 8 out of 10 tile floors are made of this material. Our first step is to apply a mild cleaning solution to the tile surface and grout joints. We will then agitate the tile and grout joints with a specialized brush that is aggressive enough to clean efficiently, but not enough to scratch or gouge the surfaces we are cleaning.
Next, we will rinse the tile and grout with our truck mounted steam cleaning tile attachment. This tool cleans and rinses with a super-heated solution at roughly 1,000 psi and then extracts all of the soiled solution back into our recovery tanks inside of our company van. All of the solutions are washed and extracted so quickly that no residual moisture will puddle or splatter inside of your home, therefore making this process virtually mess free. Once dry, we recommend sealing the grout joints so that soils and contaminants will not absorb into the porous grout, causing pre-mature soiling and wear. Only experienced professionals should perform this method of tile cleaning.
This tile is usually found in the Southwestern part of the United States. Saltillo tile is made of clay, much like red brick. Authentic Saltillo tile is very delicate. The colors are sometimes painted on rather than dyed throughout. In some cases, authentic Saltillo tile may bleed causing permanent fading when cleaned. It is usually best to clean this tile with a neutral based solution and nonabrasive brushes or pads. If professional cleaning does not enhance the appearance of the tile then stripping the primary sealant and wax from the tile may be required. This process always requires a professional. Once the tile is clean and dry a finish must be applied in 3-5 coats depending on the type of product used. We use only Johnson Plaza Plus (Sealer/Finish for Hard Floors). Professionals can perform this type of tile cleaning for you!
Most stone tile is made of Travertine, Granite, Marble, Slate or Limestone. These types of tile usually do not clean well with traditional cleaning solutions or steam. The most common cleaning method for natural floors such as stone include the use of neutral based cleaning solutions and rotary cleaning machines with nonabrasive brushes or pads. Some floors require honing and polishing to look their best. Only experienced professionals should attempt cleaning these types of floors. Never use household cleaners, acidic solutions or alkaline solutions when cleaning these types of floors. Improper cleaning may result in etching or discoloration.
Vinyl or VCT Tile
The most common cleaning method for this type of tile is to strip all waxes using water based stripper and a rotary scrubber. Usually an aggressive pad or brush is required for this method. Once all old waxes are broken down, all solutions need to be quickly extracted and rinsed. This process usually needs to be done 2-3 times depending on the severity of soiling and wear. Once the floor is completely dry, new wax is re-applied in 3-5 coats depending on the type of product used. This will leave a clean and shiny new look to this floor. Once the wax cures it is usually recommended to burnish or buff the floor at a high speed to give it a glass like look. Do not perform this method on “no wax” tile floors unless you want to ruin them. Only experienced professionals should perform this method of cleaning.