Tile floors are easy to maintain, and they're a good option for kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms in your home. However, over time, the tiles and grout can accumulate deep dirt that needs to be removed through professional tile and grout cleaning.
If it's been years since you've had your tiles deep cleaned, you may be astonished at the difference tile cleaning makes in the appearance of your floors. Here's a general overview of how tile and grout are cleaned.
Start By Sweeping The Floor
You should start with clean floors by sweeping the tiles to get rid of as much dirt and grit as possible. This eliminates surface dirt so it's out of the way once washing begins. However, sweeping and vacuuming alone won't get rid of deep dirt that's soaked into the pores of the tiles and grout. That's why deep cleaning with a machine is necessary.
Apply A Cleaning Solution
The tile and grout cleaning contractor may start by spraying a cleaning solution on the floor so it has time to work on breaking up dirt. They may have their own formulation for the cleaning solution used, or they may use commercially available products.
If you have concerns about allergies or chemicals in the cleaning solution, ask about the products they use when you set up your appointment.
Clean The Floor By Machine
Your tile and grout cleaning service cleans the floor with a machine that has a round bonnet. The machine forces water into the tile and grout and then extracts the dirty water so your floor isn't flooded. This process drives water into the pores of the tile and grout to flush out deep dirt, stains, and odors.
If there is a tough stain, the cleaners may need to stop and work on it with stain removers and a soft brush. Deep cleaning is usually able to remove all stains so your floor is bright and clean when the job is done.
Seal The Floor To Keep It Clean
An optional last step is to seal the floor to help it stay clean in the coming years. The sealer closes pores in the grout so dirty mop water won't get pushed into the grout and soaked up to begin the discoloration process all over.
The floor needs to be dry, so the sealer may be applied on a second visit. Your tile and grout cleaning contractor may recommend staying off of your newly cleaned floor until it has dried completely.
Tile and grout cleaning can make a big difference in the way your floor looks. Cleaning can even be done on bathroom shower tile to get rid of mold and water scale. Your tiles and grout will look nearly new once the deep dirt, stains, and mold are removed.