discover that when it dried it looked just as dirty as when you started? Why isn’t your back-breaking labor enough to get the dirt off of your floors?
Do you need to simply throw your hands up in disgust or is there a solution to this problem? To get an answer, we must first look at the makeup of tile floors today so we can determine the best way to clean tile floors.
Ceramic Tile Floors
Ceramic tile floors are a bit pricier than most other floor coverings but are also more durable and easier to clean in the long run. Ceramic tile floors do not require daily vacuuming or mopping as other types of floor like Luxury Vinyl Tile floors do to avoid scratching.
The main issues with dirty appearance in ceramic tile floors :
Grout Lines - Grout lines are the concrete mortar that holds the tiles together. Grout by nature is porous and therein lies the issue. If your grout was not installed with sealant included or has not had sealant added to the top of the lines, anything you spill on the floor will seep into the grout and stain it.
If you are unsure if your grout is sealed or not, try this simple trick. Take a TSP of water and pour it onto a grout line on your floor. If the water beads up and sits on top of the grout, your grout is sealed. If the water immediately sinks into the grout, call us at
in the walking paths, around the stove, and around the trashcan? That black is caused by dirt that has gotten into the grout that cannot be removed by mopping alone.
Uneven Crevices - As tile manufacturing has gotten more technologically advanced, so have patterns and designs. Now tile is available with waves not only in color but actually in the tile so that each tile is uneven in areas like a small ripple in the surface of the tile. The problem here is that each ripple is a resting place for dirt. You can get some of this out by scrubbing on your hands and knees – yuck! But eventually, the dirt needs to actually be extracted from the floor area.
If you are cleaning your floors regularly, your grout lines are sealed, and your floor still looks bad, one of two things is happening. First, if you are using too much chemical to clean the floor, the residue can actually attract dirt! Second, you may actually need to have the dirt extracted from all the crevices in the tile. For this, it’s time to call a professional tile cleaning service. Hot water, steam extraction with our truck-mounted units has the heat and the power to extract the grime from your grout lines and flush the dirt from all the cracks and crevices of your tile.
Using a tile and grout cleaning service regularly will keep your investment in your home looking great and allow you more free time. Our certified technicians have the knowledge to diagnose any issues and concerns you have and help you maintain the beauty of your home.
A simple sweep and mopping will be all you need to do between your regularly scheduled cleanings. You’re worth it and your back will thank you. Call us today for a free estimate. As always, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Advanced Cleaning Service is the Upper Cumberland’s Cleaning Professionals.