Monday, December 11, 2017
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Dirty tile and grout has been giving homeowners and business owners fits for years. Regular sweeping, mopping, and home grout cleaning methods just don't do the trick. What makes tile cleaning and grout cleaning so difficult for the homeowner or business owner? Over time dirt and debris can build up, causing your tiles to look dull, and your grout lines to darken. Home cleaning methods simply can't get down in the grout or in the low spots of the tile good enough to clean them thoroughly.
 
The solution to this is to hire a company that uses the water pressure and vacuum off of a truck-mounted cleaning van to safely and quickly clean the tile and grout. These systems usually use heated water, a specialized cleaning solution just for tile and grout, and vacuum power to remove the dirt and debris that you otherwise can’t. 
 
After cleaning your tile and grout it is then recommended that you have a sealer applied to the grout to prevent future staining of the grout lines. Once the sealer is applied you should know that if you mop it after that with anything other than a neutral tile cleaner that you could be removing the sealer.  In my opinion, it is better to hand wipe a tile or two and vacuum then it is to sweep and mop your tile.
 
Now if you have natural stone tile then the process of cleaning might vary some. The process described above should only be considered for ceramic or porcelain tile. 
 
Kevin Pearson is a Master Cleaning Technician with IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and has been in the cleaning and water restoration industry since 1992. Kevin is presently working on a committee to rewrite the carpet inspector standards in our industry and has previously served on the carpet cleaning standards revision committee. He serves as Chairman of the Certified Firm Committee and is on the Registrant Standards Committee at the IICRC as well as serving on the Board of Directors of the IICRC since October 2011. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Professional Cleaning and Restoration Alliance. For information Call Pearson Carpet Care at 281-548-7200 or visit our website athttp://www.pearsoncarpetcare.com. 







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