Tile & Grout
Deep Extraction Cleaning
Cleaning is the first and most basic step in tile and grout care and restoration.
Tile and grout cleaner is applied to the entire tile floor. Grout lines are then agitated. After the cleaning agent has been allowed to dwell and emulsify the dirt and grime, it is surgically removed by using high pressure steam. Manatee Deep Clean uses state of the art equipment that does not allow any splatter on the walls or cabinets, just bright clean floors.
Easy Care Tips To Keep Those Hard Surface Floors Sparkling Clean
At entry points to areas with hard surfaces, place entry mats for soil and moisture removal. The less brought in, the less to clean.
Regular vacuuming. Some surfaces don’t always appear to need cleaning, assume it does. As sure as dust settles on a windowsill, so it does on the floors. Be sure to use a vacuum with a floor height adjustment on the lowest setting.
Avoid spills as much as possible. Hot liquid spills are especially hazardous and also a lot harder to clean up because they can penetrate more rapidly. Spot removal procedures should be expedited as soon as accidents occur.
After performing a wet maintenance, open windows or utilize fans to get air circulating. The faster it dries the better the results and less chance for rapid re-soiling.
If area rugs or throw rugs are used to decorate of ‘soften’ interior hard surfaces, be sure to use non-skid pads for your safety (available at most reputable flooring outlets). The ‘backings’ used by most manufacturers of area rugs are abrasive. Contrary to popular belief the non-skid pads are excellent. It is recommended that they are taken up and floors cleaned under them every month.
Chairs and tables in hard surface areas could cause serious damage to floors if legs and corners are not protected. Teflon or felt can be used to prevent abrasive damage caused by the furniture.
If you live in a part of the country affected by snow and ice, be sure to leave shoes that may have salt or liquid deicer on them at the door. Chemicals used in these products cause rapid and irreversible damage.
Dry sand on hard surfaces in coastal areas should be removed as soon as noticed. Wear patterns and scratches will dull your floor and reduce enhancement efforts.
Clean and rinse your floors often, once per month in low traffic areas and at least weekly in high traffic or kitchen areas.
Frequently asked questions about cleaning hard surfaces
Q: I have been told that bleaching the grout lines will make them look whiter? Is this true?
A: Bleach will make them brighter, but you may need to check with the grout manufacturer before starting to be sure the color wasn’t dyed. Bleach will certainly remove the color.
Q: I have what looks like water stains on my tiles in my kitchen, what could they be? How can I remove them?
A: "Water" stains could be several different things, depending on the particular tile you have. Most of the time, water or mineral deposits can be removed by either polishing with honing powders and a hog hair pad or by using specific acid cleaners. Please DO NOT attempt either of these without proper training as you may permanently damage the tile. To remove these stains it may be necessary to contact a professional.
Q: I bought a "steamer" to clean my tile floors with, It works pretty well, but some of the grout lines are cracking? What should I do?
A: First, I would cease all ‘steaming’ of that floor until you have the grout repaired. Moisture that gets between the tile and sub-floor will be trapped under your tiles and will expand and loosen tile from the concrete or sub-floor.
Q: How long will sealers last?
A: That depends on the sealer, the method of application and the frequency and type of maintenance. Anywhere from six months to ten years or more.
This is just a short cross section of a collection of various questions asked by my clients. For more answers to your questions about hard surfaces, don’t hesitate to contact Manatee Deep Clean.
A Note About Sealers
The biggest problem we all face with today’s hard surfaces is "protection" or "repellency"’. Most surfaces have not been properly sealed if at all. Hard surfaces that are unsealed or are sealed with poor quality sealers are a sponge for oil, food or beverage spills which can result in permanent staining. Proper sealing can and will lead to easier maintenance. This will protect your hard surface investments allowing you to take proper care of them adding beauty and value to your home.
Did you know?
1. Vinegar and ammonia can damage most sealers.
2. Most contractors do not seal the surfaces they install.
3. Many floor cleaning products leave a residue that can inhibit sealers and attract soil faster.