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Our high pressure, high temperature rinse is shown in the video below removing years of grease and grime:

Click The Video To See For Yourself!

The amazing results in the video above show the last step in our restorative cleaning process.  It leaves the entire surface (not just the grout) beautifully clean and dry to the touch.  If you are interested in our process, please read the Q and A section below!

Refresh the look and feel of your interior, while enjoying the extremely clean tile!

  • Dramatically brightens and restores the appearance
  • Feels wonderfully clean and non-greasy on the feet
  • Eliminates tracking of greasy build up onto carpet and other flooring
  • Improves the look and feel of the interior environment

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BELOW ARE SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION - CLICK THE TAB TO READ MORE

Q: Why does grout gets so frustratingly unattractive and hard to clean?

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Greasy soil from a variety of sources inevitably accumulates on our floors, and standard mopping usually can't remove all of it. Small amounts of this grime are left behind and pushed into the grout cracks with each mopping.  Over time, it builds up into what can be quite a thick layer covering the top of the grout. To make matters worse, grout is porous and absorbs this unpleasant accumulation under its surface like a sponge turning it that depressing grime color.  By the time it gets to this point, it is extremely difficult to remove without professional equipment.

Q: Can I prevent it?

A: 

Yes. To prevent buildup and discoloration, the floor must be thoroughly "deep" cleaned every now and then to remove anything that was starting to accumulate in the grout lines.  I recommend a "deep" cleaning using a degreasing solution containing (Here's a natural one) every month or two.  Here's one way to do it:

  • Dilute your cleaning solution per instructions. Don't use more than recommended.
  • Apply solution liberally to tile, and spread out using a mop do sections that you estimate you can finish in approximately 10 to 15 minutes
  • Let solution sit for about 10 minutes
  • Mop the surface with damp to wet microfiber mop pads. This will remove soil and solution, and also the water will help rinse it out. Use lots of microfiber pads if you have them.
  • If you're feeling peppy that day, run a dry towel over it to remove the rest of the nasties.  This step, really improves the results. Imagine where that dirty mop water would end up if it didn't get absorbed by the towel.
It's a bit of a process, but it will prevent your grout from getting soiled.  On the other hand you can always just call us to come over and take care of it for you, weather it be a full fledged restoration cleaning, or an intermediate cleaning with only the high pressure hot water rinse.


Q: Can I do I do it myself?

A:

Sure, I'll even try to give you my best advice on how to do it!  That being said, it is very difficult to clean without professional equipment.  Normally, to clean grease, a surfactant (many of which are natural products) can be used to suspend it in the cleaning solution so it can then be rinsed away.  But for hard caked on grime that's been absorbed into grout, you are going to need to take a different route.  Any number of "industrial" degreaser type products will work through some combination of solvents that dissolve the grease and using a high Ph to turn it into soap.  Luckily there are products which forgo the harsh solvents and clean by means of their high Ph (these are what we use in people's homes). Never use chlorine bleach to try to lighten the grout, because when it does come clean someday, it will have light colored bleach spots in the clean grout.

So, you are going to need a degreaser (please read the directions and ventilate the area), and you are going to need to keep the entire surface of the section of tile that you are cleaning wet with it for about a half hour.  If the degreaser doesn't have the opportunity to soak into the grout and dissolve the grime, it will leave much of the discoloration behind.  While it is soaking, you may want to scrub it with a floor polisher or manually.

Now comes the part you're going to wish you had our truck-mounted equipment!  The degreaser needs to be at a relatively high concentration to be effective, and is going to need A TON of rinsing.  Take my word for it: don't get to this point and fail to completely rinse the floor off.  Failing to rinse it completely or letting it dry will result in an unsightly residue that's extremely hard to remove, as well as grout that isn't clean.  If you have access to a shop-vac, a 5 gallon bucket, and a large squeegee you can probably get enough gallons of water on and off the floor to rinse it... 

At this point in the process we use 1500 psi water heated  to a boil to rinse it while simultaneously extracting everything with the powerful vacuum! The result would be extremely difficult to replicate with a bucket of warm water and a vac, but that's not to say it's impossible!

Q: Do you recommend sealer?

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Unlike many in this business, who would recommend literally almost anything that get's them a bigger paycheck, I will always give honest opinion on the matter. In this case I do highly recommend sealing the grout on ceramic tile, and sealing the entire surface of natural stone after cleaning.  It penetrates into the grout and protects against water and oil based stains.  Natural stone is even more important to seal properly, as it's porous and without sealer, staining liquids (like red wine) can seep into it and cause permanent stains.