“We Get Your Tile & Grout Clean and Keep it Clean”
Get gunk gone from tile, stone and grout
If you chose to install beautiful tile or natural stone, you likely did so because of this material’s remarkable longevity. Floors, showers, walls, countertops, tabletops, patios and other indoor and outdoor applications of tile and stone last longer and look better when CleanWorks gets it clean and is called back to keep it clean.
CleanWorks uses professional-grade cleaning products and top-notch cleaning equipment for a safe and effective clean. Many off-the-shelf and commercial grade cleaning products can’t clean to expectations or even change the appearance of the stone! Discolored tile, stone or grout is an eyesore that brings down the value of your home.
Allow CleanWorks to place its good reputation on the line. We promise to get it clean and then keep it clean with regular appointments – and that is a promise that will live up to. If you are unsatisfied with our cleaning services, we will re-clean absolutely free of charge.
CleanWorks technicians can see hidden beauty under layers of grimy buildup, mildew and stains from continuous use. These contaminants diminish your return on investment.
The cost effective alternative to replacement and time spent scrubbing is reason enough to get the gunk gone and keep it gone from floors, showers, bathrooms, kitchen and all tile and stone surfaces you and others make personal contact with.
Customers give CleanWorks Restoration high marks for all their services. They give especially high marks for getting the gunk gone from tile, stone and grout.
Our services include:
- Free written estimate
- No hidden charges
- Technicians in uniform
- Expertise in cleaning difficult fabrics
- A nose for odor removal
- We handle any size cleaning job
- Certified & insured for your protection
- Complete satisfaction guarantee
Cool Tile Deserves to be Clean!
Our Tile and Grout Cleaning Process
The tile and grout cleaning process is as follows:
- Pre-treatment and agitation with alkaline detergent to emulsify greasy soils
- High pressure hot water rinse extraction process
- Secondary pre-treatment and agitation with acidic detergent for complete grout restoration
- High pressure hot water rinse extraction process
- Grout sealer application, as applicable (we do not seal shower stalls)
So, why seal the grout? Well, after we professionally clean your ceramic or porcelain tile, grout sealer makes daily maintenance more effective because the soil is less likely to soak into the porous, cement grout. The appearance of your grout lines will eventually deteriorate, but much slower than grout lines with no protection.
Tile is divided into 2 broad categories – natural and synthetic.
Natural stone tile is dug out of the ground, cut to a (mostly) uniform thickness and sold. The most common examples of natural stone include travertine (a limestone product), slate, granite, and marble. Natural stone tile has VERY different maintenance requirements when compared to synthetic tile. For this reason, many companies that clean carpet, ceramic tile and porcelain tile will not clean natural stone tile. It is vital that you choose a company that understands the subtle nuances of natural stone. For example, highly acidic detergents are frequently used on synthetic tile. They absolutely can NOT be used on natural stone tiles or the color can be permanently changed. And I’m not talking about adding a desirable patina. I’m talking about color changes that illicit panic from the customer, such as greens and pinks. This will kind of paint you into a corner from a decorating standpoint, needless to say. And it will ruin the day for the offending cleaning contractor. And in all likelihood, you will be tearing out and replacing the floors. And hopefully the cleaning contractor has good insurance. You get the idea. Let the buyer beware. Keep in mind that the majority of carpet cleaners will not touch natural stone tile for this reason. At CleanWorks, we know how to treat your natural stone floors. We know which detergents to use and not to use. We know the appropriate abrasives to use on your stone floors. We know what type of sealers to apply to the floor afterward. Many, many companies out there do not. I have even heard of companies putting carpet protector on stone floors after cleaning, thinking it is the same as stone sealer! What!!! Incorrect!
Now, this would be a good time to talk to you about the difference between liability insurance and professional liability insurance for contractors. The fact that your contractor has liability insurance gives you that added peace of mind that no matter what happens, “At least they have insurance”, right? But is that true?
General Liability Insurance protects the contractor (and, by extension, the customer) from “general” accidents that occur during the course of business. These might include knocking over a lamp during the process of cleaning your tile and grout, or backing their van into your garage door. Shockingly, though, things that are not covered under General Liability Insurance are items related to the chosen trade of the contractor, such as using the wrong cleaning agent and ruining a natural stone tile floor. NOT COVERED. Or ruining a $6,000 oriental rug due to improper cleaning. NOT COVERED. Incidents like these are considered ‘workmanship’ issues and would only be covered under a Professional Liability Insurance policy. Only a small percentage of contractors actually have Professional Liability Insurance, and honestly, most have no idea of the exposure they have as a result of not having it. I’m starting to sound like an insurance sales person, but here’s the point: CleanWorks has Professional Liability Insurance and General Liability Insurance – breathe easy!
Synthetic tile is by far the most common tile on the floor today. Ceramic tile and porcelain tile are both synthetic tile. It is man-made in a factory, uniform in size and thickness, and baked in an oven for durability. Most bathtub surrounds are porcelain tile. In terms of maintenance, they are fairly ‘bullet proof’.
But let’s talk about the real problem with all tile: the dreaded grout lines. They get dirty and we can’t figure out how to get them clean, short of sitting on the floor for hours on end…scrubbing…experimenting with different combinations of household detergents…scrubbing some more. “Should I use vinegar or ammonia? Or maybe I should use bleach?” And how does it look when you’re done? It may look OK; and better than it was. But it still isn’t the same as the original color up next to the wall where nobody walks. Frustrating! At CleanWorks, we have the specialized tools, the specialized cleaning agents, and the specialized training to get your grout lines clean – I mean REALLY clean! The same color as the grout lines next to the wall and behind the door where nobody walks. And the best part (for us anyway)? We don’t have to lay in your floor to do it! Oh, by the way, we also apply grout sealer to the grout lines when we finish. Now, concerning grout sealer, there are 3 things you need to know:
- grout sealer needs applied to CLEAN grout
- grout sealer only needs applied to the grout, not the tile. It will not stick to the tile
- grout sealer is not a magical remedy to dirty grout. Your grout WILL get dirty again eventually, even with grout sealer
Tile and Grout Cleaning FAQ's
A: No sweat. We use a combination of detergents, aggressive agitation, and high pressure hot water extraction. In fact, our water temperature of 200 degrees is a great sanitizer.
A: For residential projects, expect the average kitchen to take an hour and bathrooms even less.
A: Yes, except for shower stalls. The cleaning products used in showers make the sealer ineffective.
A: Grout sealer will not keep grout from getting dirty but it slows down the soiling process and makes it easier to clean the grout in the future.
A: We use an acidic detergent and an alkaline detergent, both of which are rinsed out with clean hot water.
A: Ceramic and Porcelain tile can be damaged by the wrong type of agitation. Natural stone such as slate, granite, marble, and travertine are very prone to permanent discoloration due to improper cleaning agents.
A: Simply remove any furniture from the tiles areas, if possible, and contain keep pets and children away from the area.
A: The cleaning products used during the cleaning process require respiratory protection during application. However, all residue is rinsed clean during the cleaning process. Please remove pets and children from the cleaning areas during the cleaning process.