Cleaning caked on dirt and grime off tile and grout floors:
Each month we receive calls from people who have recently purchased a used home that they are fixing up. Wether it will become a rental or their own personal residence we hear from people who are desperate for help when it comes to removing the caked on dirt and grime from their tile & grout floors. These well meaning people are tackling many projects simultaneously: painting, adding new light fixtures, new carpets, etc., and it is not uncommon for us to hear from someone who has spent the last (4) hours cleaning and scrubbing their tile & grout lines with little or no success. All they have to show for their hard work is an aching back.
One of the reasons why we never give estimates over the phone is because we first need to Inspect, Test, and Measure the floor the client wants us to clean. Because the client is not the original homeowner they do not know when the floor was installed, what it was cleaned with, was it ever sealed, what caused the 'grimy' build up, etc. Without testing the floor we can not determine wether or not we will be able to meet our client's goals. Another problem we run into is time. What if the client says they can only allow one day for cleaning & sealing but we know it will take two? Now what? These are some of the challenges we face when we walk into your home for the very first time.
The reason most DIYs (Do It Yourself) are unsuccessful is because the INGREDIENTS that make up the 'yuk'. The typical caked on dirt & grime found on tile and grout floors usually consists of oils, dust mites, dust mit feces, dander, hair, dead skin cells, food, and drink. Not to mention all of the outdoor 'yuk' that is brought into the house. The darker the 'yuk' more probable there is bacteria. If your floors has a definite odor to it then you can bet there is bacteria in it. If you can not clean it with a mop, cleaning solution, and a nylon brush it is probably time to call in a professional.
To clean floors properly we typically use a (4) step method: Step 1). Apply an alkaline cleaning agent to the entire floor this includes the tile and the grout lines, Step 2). Agitate the grout lines with a grout brush and let it dwell for about 15-20 minutes. Our cleaning solutions are famous for breaking down grease and grime. We even include an ingredient that will kill the bacteria - this is a safe product for pets, children, plants, etc., Step 3). Power wash the floor with high pressure water, roughly 210 degrees. The heat not only enhances the cleaning but it also kills bacteria. Step 4). Vacuum - our equipment vacuums up the water and the 'yuk' as it goes. It is typically dry in minutes. We use, on average, 2.2 gallons of hot steamy water and it is critical to have the right equipment and experience to do the job right.
Cleaning caked on dirt and grime from your tile & grout lines is not fun and it is typically back breaking work for the average homeowner. If you have already tried and had little or no success it is probably time to call in Liberty Floor Solutions to do the job right. If you have questions about your tile and floor please feel free to contact me.