Stone and Tile Cleaning
Stone, tile or glass, our technicians will safely and effectively clean, seal and sanitize your countertop, floor, and wall interior surfaces, as well as clean concrete garage floors and exterior walks.
We identify the type of surface and soil loads to determine the best products and cleaning methods for each surface, and our technicians are also experienced at repairing minor grout imperfections, repairing travertine fill, and replacing tired caulk.
As always, we are committed to protecting the rest of your environment while cleaning and will use only products that we would be comfortable having in our own homes.
About our procedure:
To determine the most effective cleaning methods, our technicians identify:
• the characteristics and sensitivities of the stone or tile
• the condition of the grout and caulk
• the type of surface residue
• the degree of surface residue
• the surrounding surfaces that must be protected
If man-made tile, what type of tile? Some are very durable, others can be relatively soft and many have surface textures that make cleaning more of a challenge. If stone, what type of stone? Some are more resistant to damage from scratches and soils, some more sensitive to water deposits and everyday cleaning agents. The cleaning product and the procedure have to be safe for the surface.
Grout is typically a cement-type product that is actually semi-porous and relies on being sealed and having a waterproof backing. Improper installation, movement, cleaning and neglect can all affect the lifespan of grout. Strong alkaline or acidic cleaners sold for shower cleaning and used by “speedy” cleaning firms can quickly erode grout and hasten required repair.
Caulk lifespan depends on the quality of grout used and care during installation. Caulks are a flexible adhesive meant to seal joints that may have some movement, such as the counter-to-wall interface or tub and shower surrounds. It is common to replace caulk when a bath or shower surround is cleaned.
Residues can be: mineral deposits from incoming water, greases from skin and hair conditioners, soap build-up, over the counter cleaner, even grout haze from the original installation process. Removal of each can require a different product and procedure. The amount of any build-up can also affect the amount of time required to provide a clean surface. We are committed to using products safe for both surfaces and grout, so will often substitute more contact time and more technician diligence for a completely clean and sanitary finish.
Knowing how to put these parts together to effectively remove the soil/ contaminate from the surface without doing harm is part science, part experience, and having technicians that excel in getting the job done right.
Finishing the process may involve sealing the grout to make maintenance easier, and if needed repair damaged grout, polish hard water disclorations from glass and remove and replace damaged caulk.