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by Jason Neale
What is the best way to remove the build-up of dirt from tiles and grout lines? The easiest way is to hire a professional tile cleaner that uses high pressure and specialist cleaning solutions that will clean away the dirt and grime from the surface of the tiles.
Every day mopping of tiles is a good thing, but now and then, a real steam clean is what is needed to release the dirt and eliminate the bacteria that builds up over time. This bacteria build up can be caused by the mop used in every day tile cleaning. All mops should be sterilised from time to time to stop the bacteria from forming.
Tiles can also be sealed after they have had a clean by a professional tile cleaning company. The sealer would only be applied to polished porcelain tiles or natural stone. Other tiles like ceramic and glazed porcelain should never have a sealer applied as it has its own hard water proof surface; this surface is done in the kiln at the time of making the tile.
With ceramic tiles, the only part to have a sealer applied is the grout lines. Before applying a sealer to grout, it has to be cleaned first then dried. The sealer will form a coating over the grout and making it resistant to staining. So if a cup of coffee or tea or even red wine has been spilled onto the surface, it will not penetrate the grout, so this allows time to clean up the mess.
How to clean tiles and how to clean grout? Both the tile and grout are cleaned at the same time using the same cleaning solution and the same machine. A professional tile cleaner would firstly cover the entire room to be cleaned with a cleaning solution. The solution is left on the surface to dwell for about 20 minutes, then a rotary spinning tool is used to agitate the dirt and grime that has built up over time. After the agitation has been completed, an extraction machine with a spinning tool is then manoeuvred over the tiles. This will extract the cleaning solution along with the dirt and bacteria leaving a fresh and clean tile again.