It's likely that the majority of the flooring in your workplace is carpet or vinyl, but bathrooms and kitchen areas are usually tiled. Due to the high volume of traffic on these floors, the grout can become dirty very quickly. Proper cleaning and sealing can reduce how frequently your tiled floors will require cleaning, and extend their life. At A+ we provide professional commercial tile and grout cleaning that will restore and protect your tiled floors, regardless of how much traffic they need to stand up to.
Facts About Your Tiled Floors
While ceramic tile is almost impervious, grout is not. Even sealed grout has microscopic pores that can harbor bacteria.
If your workplace has a kitchen, it might surprise you to find that the most germ-laden area in your workplace is not the bathrooms, but the kitchen. Because food is prepped there a lot of microscopic organic matter gets left behind, even after a good cleaning. And a lot of that ends up on the floors, where it takes hold in the grout. Bacteria feed on this organic matter.
Ever heard of the '5-second rule'? It's the idea that germs take at least 5 seconds to transfer from the floor to dropped food. This is a myth. Germs transfer instantly upon contact.
Most people believe the dirtiest surface in the office bathroom is the toilet bowl. Not true. It's actually the grout in your tiles. A lot of what's in there is urine and feces, though. It gets there from microscopic airborne particles that are thrown into the air when we flush the toilets.
Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning
Professional tile & grout cleaning, including Hot Steam Deep Extraction technology, removes 99.9% of dirt, dust, allergens and bacteria. At A+, we guarantee that our tile and grout cleaning service will once again make your tiled floors look bright, feel fresh and restore a healthy atmosphere.
While ceramic tile is impervious, grout and stone tile is not.
Whether your grout or tile is stained by coffee, beverages, food, gum or other stubborn and hard to remove stains, call us to effectively remove them once and for all. While we can't guarantee removal of every type of stain, in most cases we can completely remove them, and in others greatly reduce the appearance.
Allergens are any substance, often a protein, that induces an allergic reaction. The biomatter trapped in your grout is made up mostly of proteins. Walking on the grout can transfer this to the soles of shoes, where it gets tracked into other areas of the workplace.
Some employees or customers can be especially sensitive to these particles and can suffer respiratory issues and colds that last longer and have more severe symptoms as a result.
While cleaning your grout and tile won't directly affect the lifespan, most of the time when tile is regrouted it's because it became so dirty the stains could not be removed. Regular cleaning can prevent this.
Our Residential Tile & Grout Cleaning Process
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Not all tiles can be safely cleaned with our equipment.
While all types of ceramic tiles and tile grout can be cleaned, the equipment we use is not safe for natural stone tiles. If you’re not sure, we are. We’ll inspect your tiles first to be certain that we can safely clean them, without any possibility of damage to the tile or grout.
Old sealant needs to be removed before the grout and tile can be properly cleaned.
If the grout and/or tile has been sealed in the past, this sealant will need to be stripped before cleaning. We have a variety of environmentally-friendly strippers and will select the right one for the job.
If we detect any grease on your floor, we’ll advise the use of a degreaser to remove this film before cleaning the tile and grout.
Kitchen tiles especially are susceptible to grease buildup. The oil molecules get into the air and settle on the floor. While daily deposits are undetectable, over time, this can leave a layer of dirty grease on your tile and grout. If this layer is thick enough, it will not only act as a barrier to cleaning but can actually be pushed into the grout by the cleaning process.
Degreaser and Sealant Remover needs to sit for at least a few minutes before being removed.
This gives these chemicals time to break down the grease or sealant before being mopped and vacuumed off the floor. Dwell time will vary depending upon the floor and the amount of buildup to be removed.
In some cases, a second application may be necessary.
we use a commercial-grade rotary floor scrubber that will completely remove any dirt or remaining grease on your tile and grout
Combined with the right cleanser for the job, this step of the tile & grout cleaning process breaks up any dirt and remaining grease and suspends it in the cleaning solution for easy removal in the next step.
pH Cleaner Removal
Before sealing, it's very important to be sure that all the cleaner has been removed.
This is a repetition of the Steam Cleaning step above, in order to completely remove any remaining grout renewal cleanser.
Steam cleaning tile & grout!? Yes. It’s by far the best way to completely clean your floor.
We use a commercial grade floor steamer equipped with two powerful triple-stage vacuums to ensure that your floor will be clean as new.
Grout can dull due to age and sun exposure. We can renew it.
Now that your grout is clean, it may appear duller than it did when it was first applied. This is normal, and happens to most grout as it ages. We can apply an optional low pH cleaner formulated to revive and brighten your grout.