Oops! Next time ask for directions.
Every so often I receive a telephone call from a potential client wanting me to "fix" a certain cleaning problem. A man called me not too long ago asking me what I charge to clean tile & grout. I told him, like I tell everyone else, that I would first need to inspect his floor, do some testing, and then I would be able to give him a written estimate that would be good for (30) days.
He proceeded to tell me that he had already cleaned it and sealed the grout, so I asked him why was he calling me? He went on to tell me that he had bought a rental property and tried to clean the tile with muriatic acid first, then sulphuric acid. Finally he said he sealed it, but was puzzeled that the stains were still visible. I am still baffled that this person would seal a floor that still looked dirty, in essence trapping the stains into the grout, but this is what he did. In his own words "The floor looks like crap".
Folks, NEVER CLEAN YOUR TILE & GROUT FLOOR WITH ANY KIND OF ACID!!! ACID DOES NOT CLEAN - IT ETCHES OR SANDS DOWN THE GROUT!!! In order to remove grease, grime, and common household yuk from your tile and grout lines you will need to use an alkaline cleaner with a pH level of 11.0 or higher. We typically clean tile & grout with a pH cleaner of 12.0 - 13.0, water temperature of above 210 degrees, and water pressure above 1200 psi. We can typically clean, sanitize, dry, and restore your entire floor in less than (1) day. There is real science that goes into cleaning a tile & grout floor. If you don't know the science then please ask for directions.
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