Smelly Tiles 2013:
We get a lot of interesting questions here at Liberty Floor Solutions and we get a lot of interesting inquires about our service, but the one that we get the most is a question about "smelly tiles." People want to know how to remove the awful smell from their dirty tile and grout lines. Often times they will ask if our cleaning process will remove the smell before they ever ask about the appearance.
The smell coming from their tile and grout lines is usually odor causing bacteria. When food crumbs, oils, etc. begin to darken your tile and grout lines it becomes a perfect haven for odor causing bacteria. The bacteria feed off the oils and food crumbs then poop and die in the same location. The decaying bacteria and their poop generally is what causes the smell. The dirtier the floor the more odor you will have, and the dirtier it gets the more difficult it is to remove.
All bacteria will die when the temperature reaches or exceeds 140 degrees fahrenheit. If you could wash your floor with this temperature and successfully extract it off the floor you could remove the smell and what causes the smell. Another reason for sealing your grout lines and your natural stone is the sealer creates a barrier between the pores/crevices and the bacteria making it much easier to remove when mopping. I would caution you about using chemicals as certain chemicals, while the will kill bacteria, but could damage the grout lines and surface of the tile. If you are successful in killing the bacteria and can not extract the waste off the floor it is a matter of time before you will have the smell back.
Here at Liberty Floor Solutions we use chemicals that are not only safe for the environment but successfully kill odor causing bacteria. Also our cleaning water is heated to over 220 degrees and is extracted off the floor in seconds of rinsing. Not only are the floors clean but the are sanitized. Keeping your floor clean and safe is not rocket science but it is science. I hope this information is helpful to you. If you have questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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