Tile Cleaning Problem

Tile Cleaning Problem

The Tile

Seemingly smooth surfaces become scratched and dulled from daily abrasion that in turn creates micro hiding places for dirt, oils, and bacteria. The condition worsens in a short amount of time and creates an unacceptable floor that cannot be cleaned by mop and bucket. When you wax over this ugly surface it only seals in the worn dirty look.

The newer ceramic tile flooring creates a problem on two fronts. First, the tile surfaces are engineered with more texture than ever before making the mop less useful and effective. Secondly, and even more noticeable and problematic, the grout between the tiles has even more texture to trap dirt residue left by mopping.

The Grout

The problem is the cementatious lime based grout easily absorbs moisture, oils and sugars that in turn attract bacteria, dirt and other solids that change the overall appearance by darkening the grout. Other porous surfaces like brick, Italian quarry- tile, limestone and other engineered flooring all acts like concrete or grout, absorbing liquids, oils and dirt to a point that their appearance also darkens with time.

Chemicals can dilute the grime well enough, but without effective removal the formed slurry only soaks deeper into the grout. Rotary scrubbers fail to reach into the grout lines or the texture of the tiles. Tile and grout is often associated with food halls, restaurants, rest rooms and leisure areas. Dirty tile and grout is not aesthetically pleasing. More importantly it is unhygienic. Bacteria collects in the grout lines along with oils, food matter, sugars and moisture. The final “mop and bucket “of the day further exacerbates the problem further adding more moisture and dirt.

Historically this has been tackled by either labour intensively scrubbing with nail brushes and detergents or accepting that after a number of years lifting and relaying the tile and grout surface. This is clearly:

  • Very expensive
  • Lost business while establishment is closed
  • Disruption to clientele and staff

Tile Cleaning Solution


The new approach to this old problem is the use of the right tools.

Clean Tile & Grout’s hard surface cleaning tools have the ability to do more than dilute and suspend the dirt. The combination of hot water, high pressure, emulsifier and vacuum creates a one step cleaning process. First the dirt, bacteria and grime is released from its anchoring position by applying an emulsifier. The pressurised water seeks out unwanted grime, bacteria and chemical residues hidden in microscopic pockets within the tile and grout. Finally, suction removes the dirty water and leaves the tile and grout clean.

Colouring and Sealing Grout

It is normally possible to both re-colour and seal grout used with man-made tiles. The process is called Colour Sealing. This can be done either at installation or as part of a restorative treatment. The process has the following benefits;

  1. It provides complete uniformity of grout colour; replacing the previously discoloured or faded appearance
  2. It protects grout against mildew and orange/yellow staining
  3. It prevents the ingress of liquids including urine and the associated smell that results
  4. It makes treated areas look lighter, brighter and cleaner; as if they have been refurbished

Tile Cleaning Images

Click any image to enlarge.

Tile Cleaning Videos

Click a thumbnail to watch.