In today’s home decor, hard surface flooring is playing an increasingly important role. Tile floors are intended to last for many years, but over time the tile and grout can get stained. Since grout and some tiles are porous, dirt and stains become trapped, making the floor look dirty.
Examples of popular flooring materials include stone, concrete, glazed ceramic, clay, wood, resilient and specialty flooring. These materials appear to be easy to clean, maintain and restore, however, soils on hard surface flooring and grout have a tendency to build up progressively, resulting in unsightly discoloration and, with time, erosion damage. Sooner or later, it’s necessary to clean beyond routine dusting and damp mopping; that’s the time to call in a certified Orange County tile cleaning professional for help.
Identification is Key
There are seven categories of hard surface floor covering: natural stone, concrete, glazed ceramic, clay, wood, resilient and specialty. Within these categories are numerous classifications that require different cleaning chemicals and methodologies. By knowing what the flooring material is, a proper floor maintenance program can be developed.
Certified technicians have the specialized training and experience it takes to select the proper cleaning chemicals, equipment, tools and materials in conjunction with the proper methodologies for maintaining or restoring hard surface flooring to its original beauty. Certified technicians can offer advice on how to clean and maintain the appearance of hard surface flooring and how to maximize your investment and extend flooring life.
Why use a certified technician?
At Embassy Carpet Cleaners, we believe that the best way to maintain a cleaner and healthier home is to augment your regular cleaning and vacuuming with periodic visits from an experienced certified professional. For those tasks that require a specialist, such as tile and grout cleaning, carpet or upholstery cleaning and stain removal, only a certified technician will deliver the results you can trust.
Seal the Tile and Grout
Ask your technician to apply a grout and tile sealer after cleaning. There are two basic types of sealer: penetrating and membrane. Penetrating sealers are absorbed into the grout and should be reapplied every 1-3 years. Membrane sealer creates a barrier to protect the tile and grout and needs to be refreshed every 1-2 years or sooner if the membrane fails. Always seal the grout and maintain the seal for beauty that will last years.
Do-it-Yourself Tile & Grout Cleaning
Over time, tile floors and surfaces lose their shine and luster. Scrubbing and mopping do not generally yield the results needed for a deep clean. Because grout is porous and absorbs all the dirt and debris on it, mopping only removes surface soil and not the embedded dirt that causes the grout to become dull. Regularly cleaning the lines of grout can be hard on the back and somewhat tedious. Store bought cleaning products might be the wrong type of chemical you’re your tile and cause serious damage.
- Dry Sweeping: Periodically sweep or vacuum your hard surfaces to remove dust, dirt, dry soils or food related crumbs.
- Spot Mopping: If you don’t know the proper cleaning chemistry for your tile then it’s best to use plain water. When a spill occurs, cordon off the area with wet floor signs, placards, cones or tape, remove the spill with a wet mop, bucket and wringer and dry the floor completely with towels and air dye with a fan before leaving the area.
- Wet Surface Dangers: Slip and falls are a significant challenge with hard surface maintenance. Spills should be removed as soon as they occur. After cleaning, areas should be dried as quickly as possible. Foot traffic over hard surfaces during and immediately after cleaning should be halted (or at least kept to a minimum) for the concern of everyone’ safety.
Do-it-yourself isn’t always best!
Put away that toothbrush and bottle of grout cleaner. Our tile and grout experts can clean your tile and grout more thoroughly and with less hassle. Retail grout cleaners only clean the surface of the grout, but a stronger cleaning method is the only way to truly deep clean porous grout. We use specialized, high-powered equipment and products that remove and extract soil from deep within grout. If grout is cleaned improperly over a period of time, it becomes permanently discolored and can only be restored by re-coloring.
Benefits of Embassy’s Tile Cleaning Orange County Service
Embassy Carpet Cleaners can restore tile and grout to a better clean using the best proper cleaning agents for your tile in a safe and environmentally conscious manner. Our grout-sealing product helps maintain the cleaned grout for months and makes your regular home maintenance more effective. Helps extend the life of floors by removing debris that can weaken surfaces. Our cleaning is safe for tile floors of all types including ceramic, porcelain, travertine and limestone. Helps you avoid the expense and inconvenience of completely replacing tile floors
Types of Tile We Clean:
- Pavers & Saltillo
- Natural Stone
Common areas in your home that have tile:
> Bathroom floors
> Showers and tubs
> Kitchen floors
In summary, professional floor maintenance technicians are the best choice for the periodic and restorative cleaning of hard surface flooring. Because of the number of categories and classifications of hard surface flooring available, mistakes can be made, especially by a well meaning home owner trying to clean their own tile. A certified floor maintenance tile cleaning technician will know how to identify and provide the proper floor maintenance solutions that are best for you and your family. Call us today to inquire about price or schedule a tile cleaning appointment.