TILE AND GROUT CLEANING
Do your tiled or stone floors need some attention? Are they not looking as they did when you had them laid? Don't spend your days off with a toothbrush scrubbing the tile and grouting. Let me show you what our truck-mount tile and grout cleaning can do.
Due to the popularity of tiled flooring, particularly natural stone we have invested in a tile and grout cleaning tools (SX12 and SX7's) which, when used with our Truck Mounted cleaning process, power washes the tile and grout to extract soil, grime and greases from the pores of the tile or other hard surface floors.
We apply pre-treatment to the floor and allow it to dwell for 10 to 30 minutes, sometimes scrubbing the floor with a rotary machine in severe cases. The pre-treatment loosens accumulated soil , grease, and contaminants and prepares the surface for the tile and grout cleaning process.The pre-treatment solution does not produce any harmful fumes, and ordinary ventilation removes the mild scent within minutes of completion of the job.
I thought my terracotta floor could never be restored as it had been neglected for years (dogs, food, children, parties, mud) and I actually regretted having a natural stone floor laid. Wow, how wrong I was... David arrived with his whooshey machine, washed, cleaned and sealed in two days and I'm in love my floor again just like I was 15 years ago. (will certainly not leave it so long next time!) David was knowledgeable, helpful and trustworthy, quite happy to give him a key to let himself in while I was at work. Very happy with results and would highly recommend.
Mrs D Hill, Ardleigh, Colchester. 24/3/17
SX12, SX7 Cleaning
We use a pressure washing system designed specifically for tile and grout cleaning. Our truck-mounted cleaning process power washes the floor to extract soil and grease from the pores of the tile and grout or other hard surface floors. The system generates water pressure of 1200 psi and water temperature of approximately 240 degrees to soften and extract years of soil and contaminants. The floor tool connects to a powerful vacuum hose which sucks the cleaning disc to the floor and confines the water spray inside the 16 inch disc. There is virtually no splash over to worry about. The vacuum hose draws away the water through the SX12 ports along with the dirt to a containment tank on our van leaving the floor perfectly clean and residue free .
After we clean the floor and allow it to dry we seal the floor with either an impregnating sealer or a topical sealer.
The tile and grout flooring absorbs the impregnating sealer into its pores, creating a barrier against future staining. This sealer barely alters the appearance of the floors, instead it preserves the natural finish of the surface.
A topical sealer adds a shine or lustre to the surface of the tile and grout, protecting by forming a seal across the surface of the tile.
Both sealers have their place and choice is largely down to the customer although I would recommend the appropriate sealer if this was necessary.
'Marvellous work. Delightful, efficient. Professional job. Would highly recommend'.
Mrs Sibbald, Saffron Walden, 21/4/17
We will provide instructions for you or your in-house contractors in how to take proper care of the floors and will show them which kinds of cleaners will do the best job without breaking down the sealer. In addition we can contact you at a pre-arranged time to offer our services to do touch-up cleaning and resealing as required. A regular maintenance programme will keep your floors in top condition and appearance.
Questions and Answers
Q. Why is it important to have my tile and grout floor sealed?
A. Sealing your tile and grout floors and walls is the only way to protect your investment from water based and oil based stains. A sealer prevents a spill from penetrating into the porous surface of the floor and gives you time to clean it up.
Q. How does a sealer protect my floor?
A. The impregnating sealer is absorbed by the pores of the natural stone and grout. It fills up the nooks and crannies so that wet stains cannot get below the surface and soil sits on the surface until it is swept or wiped away.
Topical sealers form a seal on the surface of the tile and perform the same task as above.
Q. How is the sealer applied?
A. Firstly, the floor is professionally cleaned, neutralised and fully dried. If impregnating sealer is applied this allowed to soak into the flooring until no further coats can be absorbed. Finally the excess sealer is buffed off the surface and allowed to dry.
Coats of topical sealer are applied until until a strong durable finish is achieved. This can be anywhere from 2 to 6 coats.
Q. Why is it necessary for a professional to apply a sealer. Can't I do it myself?
A. We have the training, experience, tools and a wide variety of sealers for all types of natural stone, tiles and grout. Professional application ensures complete protection for the entire surface of the floor. Improper sealing can leave a sticky residue on the surface of the floor that is difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
Q. What do sealers protect against?
A. Sealers repel water and oil based liquids, preventing stains caused by most food and beverages and protects the surface from dirt and impurities.
Q. Do you have different sealers to choose from?
A. Yes. We have a wide variety of sealers designed for a wide assortment of surfaces and conditions. Some sealers are designed for interior use only, others for exterior use. Some protect against water only, others against oil and water. Some are designed specifically for floors with high porosity, such as limestone, slate, brick and concrete. We will help you select the most suitable sealer.
Last update: 20.12.2017