Tile and Grout Cleaning


Tile and Grout are Tough to Clean

Tile and grout are usually laid in areas of your home prone to high traffic, which get dirtier, faster. Perhaps you’ve tried cleaning your tile and grout yourself and gave up because, face it, you just can’t get it clean yourself. Big Daddy uses high pressure steam to dissolve and force the dirt out of the uneven texture of the tile and grout. When we’re done, you’ll think you’ve got a new floor.

 

Natural Stone Cleaning

If everyday wear and tear has removed the luster from your floor it’s time to call Big Daddy. Terrazzo, Saltillo, Slate, Granite and Limestone are beautiful stones. Cleaning products and techniques vary depending on which material and what kind of finish you are looking for. Big Daddy knows special techniques and can restore your natural stone. Trust us, it’s much cheaper than replacing dull soiled natural flooring. Big Daddy can remove scratches, enhance and seal your floor today.

Tile and Grout Cleaning

We are able to clean:

  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Limestone
  • Travertine
  • Slate
  • Sandstone & Flagstone
  • Terra Cotta & Clay Products
  • Concrete & Masonry
  • Ceramic & Porcelain

 

Slate

Classified as a “rough” material with a low absorption. Slate can be found both an interiors and exteriors, and rarely have a high polish unless a coating is placed on it. Slate can be a problem for it’s high content of clay, especially in wet areas, and can develop efflorescence easily. A good quality silicone impregnator sealer can protect the stone and generated more durability. A color enhanced can be applied also in this type of floor, to create a colorful look of the stone.

 

Terrazo

The appearance of the terrazzo is more uniform than most natural stone, and is available in tile forms or by pouring application on the slab. Terrazzo is a mixture of Portland cement and Marble chips. These chips can range in size from a fraction of an inch to as large to several inches. The very good side about Terrazzo is it can be ground, honed and polish just like Marble and can be easily mistaken for Granite.

 

Granite

Granite is an extremely hard natural stone with low porosity, normally given a polished finish. Granite is formed by volcanic action, and is an acid and scratch resistant as well. Granite paving is not usually treated; in this case waterproofing the material is recommended, especially if is laid in places such kitchens or bathrooms.

 

Travertine

Essentially limestone that has been formed in hot springs. Water movement caused the erosion of the stone creating numerous holes of varying sizes. A polished travertine will have its holes filled with color-matched Portland cement filler. These fillers do not take a high polish and therefore the overall polish tends to look blotchy.

 

Flagstone

Flagstone is the term given to almost all-stone material cut into thin, irregular shapes. Found extensively on sidewalks, foyer entrance, pool decks, etc…, flagstone can be almost any material but is commonly the SANDSTONE type. Flagstone should not be ground and should only be cleaned and sealed.

 

Our process includes:

  1. Inspection of tile surfaces examining for the best possible cleaning method.
  2. Specialty heated “BioKleen Green Cleaning” tile pre-conditioners and hand brushing, first to loosen embedded soils on the surface of the tile and grout.
  3. Turbo Force cleaning tools used with hot steam and high pressure with rotating head cleaner using only force of steam with “BioKleen Green Cleaning” tile detergents and powerful high velocity extraction of all soil and water. We do not use any type of brushes that can damage or scratch surfaces.
  4. Thoroughly hand dry all surfaces.
  5. Apply an optional Grout Sealer to protect grout from mildew and re-soiling.

 

Pre-Treatment

First, we apply a mild alkaline solution to a section of the floor and allow it to soak for approximately 15 minutes. In severe case of soiling we will use a rotary floor machine to agitate the clearing agents in. This pre-treatment loosens accumulated soil, grease, and contaminants, and prepares the surface for our cleaning process. The alkaline solution does not produce any harmful fumes, and ordinary ventilation removes the mild scent within minutes of completion of the job. If necessary we will use a safe gentle acid to attempt to remove any staining that did not come out with the alkaline cleaning agent.

 

 

Turbo Pressure Washing

We use a pressure washing system designed specifically for tile & grout, acrylic, and epoxy surfaces. Our truck mounted cleaning process power washes the floor to extract soil and grease from the pores of the tile and grout or other hard surface floors. The system generates water pressure of 800 to 1,200 P.S.I. and water temperature of approximately 220 degrees to soften and extract years of soil and contaminants. The floor tool connects to a powerful vacuum hose, which sucks the cleaning disk to the floor, and confines the water spray inside the 16-inch disk. There is virtually no splash over to worry about. The vacuum hose draws away the water, along with the dirt, to a containment tank on our truck, and we dispose of the wastes in accordance with EPA regulations. You will find that our process restores the tile & grout to 85 to 90 percent of its original appearance. Some stains, (red wine, mustard, dyes, etc.) will not come out because they dye the grout, but the combination of heat, water pressure, and suction removes most stains.

 

 

Optional Sealing

After we clean the floor and allow it to dry, we seal the floor with our impregnating sealer. The tile and grout floor absorbs the sealer into its pores, creating a barrier against future staining. The sealer does not change the appearance of the floors by adding a shine or luster. Instead, it preserves the natural beauty of the surface.