Facts About Tile and Grout Cleaning
What is dirt?
I looked it up and was surprised at how villainous the word dirt is made out to be. If you look up the origin of the word, it’s even scarier. From a cleaning viewpoint the most functional way to look at dirt is as a misplaced particle. In the yard dirt is soil. On your floor, soil is dirt. In a frying pan, oil makes food yummy. Splattered on the floor, oil becomes grease – an awful sounding word! One thing we do know is that dirt is indestructible. It can’t be made to disappear. It can only be moved to a more desirable location like a mop or washrag or your neighbor’s yard.
How effective is mopping?
Mops are made of cotton or sponge; they both absorb liquid. We put the mop in a pail to absorb the cleaning detergent, wring it out and proceed to mop. We put the dirty mop back into the now dirty cleaning solution and continue to mop. We repeat, using dirtier and dirtier water as we go along, until finished.
Where does the dirt go when you mop?
You will see a lot of dirt in the cleaning solution pail. And I’m sure you’ve notice no matter how much you rinse the mop it never returns to its original color. So where is the dirt? It’s dissolved into the cleaning solution and distributed between the pail, mop, floor, grout and edges of the room. A film of soil is left on the tile and the rest is moved to the edges and into the grout. Over time this accumulates.
What can be done to break down and remove grease and detergents that attract soil?
To remove the grease and residue the floor would have to be cleaned a few times changing the water and detergent each time. You would also need to do a fresh-water mopping with a new mop to get the detergent out. If it has already accumulated in the grout and along the edges, a lot of hand scrubbing and rinsing is in order. Sounds like a permanent item on your To Do List (meaning it never gets done).
Professionals use specialized products and equipment that makes the task much easier and much more effective.
Another thing to keep in mind is that deep cleaning the grout breaks down the sealant. Sealant deters the rapid absorption of soil and extends the life of the cleaning dramatically. So, once deep cleaned, a sealant should be reapplied.
How often should tile be cleaned?
It depends on your lifestyle. If you eat out all the time and rarely use your stovetop, it could be quite a while. If you stir-fry every day, and have lots of foot traffic, it could be quite often. Kids? Pets? You get the picture. If the grout was properly re-sealed and if a relatively clean mop is used for regular cleaning, it could be quite a while before you notice a darkening of the grout. At this point it would be a good idea to have a professional come and clean your tile and grout again. Or you may like the look!
Why Choose Quality Carpet Cleaning?
Our organizational structure allows us to deliver the same or better quality of service as any of the major companies out there for a much lower cost. We invite you to compare.
There’s no secret to doing what we do. There are industry and manufacturers’ standards. There is certified training. There are apprenticeships. The best equipment and cleaning solutions are available to anyone. If you strip away all their attempts to distinguish themselves, you will find that all the top companies essentially clean how Quality Carpet Cleaning does because it’s what works best. A rose by any other name is still a rose.
Quality Carpet Cleaning has thousands of independent reviews on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, Google, the BBB and various other review sites. These are not reviews we collect on our site where we can filter and control them. Thus, though we are rated highly everywhere, not all of our reviews are great. However, you will see that when a problem does pop up, we go out of our way to make things right with the customer.
If you are unhappy for any reason, we will gladly come out and re-clean any area you are not happy with.
We at Quality Carpet Cleaning appreciate how important your time is and give it the highest priority. We schedule ideally 3, but no more than 4, jobs per day for each technician where other companies schedule up to 6. In this way our technicians have plenty of time between jobs and don’t have to rush through a job to get to the next.
In the real world, situations arise where someone needs service right away. As a result, we keep our schedule flexible enough where we can do a reasonable number of same-day jobs. Obviously, the earlier you contact us the higher the likelihood we can accommodate you.
Our staff cares about our customers because we care about them. We look for people who like helping others and then train them on how to. We have an unofficial policy: If we have to supervise you, you don’t belong here. Our people know and like their jobs and it comes through when you talk to them.
All our products are safe for kids & pets. What most people don’t know is that California regulations are so strict that many cleaning products sold in other states are not allowed to be sold here. Some standards even go beyond “green”. That said, we also carry a line of green carpet cleaning products for hyper-sensitive people.
Our concern for our customers goes beyond the cleaning. We want to make sure they are completely happy with us, which is why we follow up after each job. Our goal is happy customers who continue to use us and recommend us to others. That is not accomplished with mediocre service.