Tile And Grout Cleaning
Stirlingshire’s Hard Floor Restoration Specialist
A tiled (or stone) floor can make all the difference to a home, transforming your home into something that bit more special! Dependent on your floor selection they can suffer, over time, from ingrained dirt and liquid (acidic) spills. At ACS we provide a tiled floor and grout cleaning/restoration service that will bring ‘new life’ to your floor!
Your floor may have had an impregnating or a topical seal applied at the time of installation. This sealant is essentially a barrier against this daily wear and tear and as such will gradually wear down after 2-3 years.
The wearing down of the sealant may leave all-natural floor tiles looking dull, and also more susceptible to staining; particularly the grout lines. It is therefore vital to ensure the floor’s sealer is topped up. By contacting ACS we can offer you a tiled floor sealing service for most type of ceramic tile and stone floors:
Our Tile and Grout Cleaning Process:
To carry out any tile and grout cleaning we first visit to inspect and measure your floor. This helps us to identify any limitations, loss of loose grout, surrounding surfaces that are sensitive to cleaning solutions, and any areas that need consideration before the cleaning starts. During this visit, we carry out a demonstration (1m2 area) to show you, the customer, the restoration possibilities and to provide you with a sample of the results you might expect.
Preparation and dry soil removal:
We will deploy wall and floor coverings, where necessary, to protect your walls and furnishings from any overspray of strippers/cleaning products onto sensitive areas during this phase. We then begin the tile and grout cleaning by sweeping/vacuuming the floor to remove all the dry soil, dust, pet dander, and loose grit.
Stripping of the old sealant/dressing:
If the floor has any old worn sealants /dressings it will require to be ‘stripped- off’. This is achieved with specialist chemicals and ‘best-in-class’ machines; fitted with a bespoke cleaning brush/tool for that type of hard floor.
Our specialist cleaners are applied to the floor and allowed to dwell. The cleaning product is then agitated with the appropriate bespoke machine- this helps neutralizes the previous ‘stipping’ process (es).
Extraction and rinsing:
All the resulting dirty slurry is then extracted off the floor, and the floor is then rinsed with clean water 2-3 times in order to assist in the neutralization of the ‘stripping phase’.
After this phase of the tile and grout cleaning and the extraction process has been completed we dry the floor with our fans and/or leave it to dry naturally. In cases where stone or tile has a high porosity, e.g. drying quarry and victorian tiles may take an extra amount of time. Note in properties without underfloor damp-proof, drying times cannot be anticipated, and the sealing phase is delayed, possibly for up to 3-7 days whilst the tiles ‘dry-out’.
Application of the sealant or dressing:
Dependent on the floor type, it will then have a bespoke seal or dressing applied once the surface is dry enough (we test this with a digital moisture meter to determine if it is suitable to apply an impregnator sealant which acts as a repellent to moisture and dirt. As different floor types have different properties, this will determine how many coats are applied (1-4). No traffic should be allowed on the floor for 2 – 4 hours after the final application. Your tile and grout clean is now complete and ready for your inspection.
The Types Of Hard Floor We Can Clean And Restore:
- Alto -clean only
- Vinyl-strip, clean & seal
- Safety Floor-strip, clean & seal
- Wooden -clean only
- Laminate-clean only
- Ceramic/Encaustic clean & seal