Ceramic | Porcelain Tile and Grout Cleaning - Restoration Tips Phoenix | Glendale Az

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Restoring Ceramic and Porcelain Tile & Grout Phoenix Az

For cleaning and restoring old ceramic, porcelain tile and grout to like new condition, we recommend using an acidic cleaner such as Restore designed for this surface. This will remove tough soap scum, hard water deposits, grout haze and efflorescence. If you have heavy grease and oil stains, pre-clean using an alkaline cleaner formulated for ceramic and porcelain tile, such as KlenzAll heavy duty alkaline cleaner and degreaser. This will cut through tough grease and soil stains. 

After restoring your tile and grout, remember to seal with an impregnating sealer such as Bullet Proof or Impregnator Pro, including the grout lines.to guard against future stains. 

Grout Etching

Ceramic and porcelain tile is usually impervious or highly resistant to staining. However, grout may be a different story. Substances that are highly acidic, such as orange juice, coffee, vinegar, wine, tomato-based products, mustard and many soft drinks will most likely leave an “etch,” a chemical reaction that may leave a dull area or mark. Properly sealing the grout will give you time to wipe up a spill to avoid staining, but it cannot prevent etching. In addition, ordinary household cleaners with colored dyes or those containing bleach, ammonia or abrasives are not recommended for ceramic, porcelain tile & grout. They may damage the surface and likely degrade the sealer that is applied to the grout, which provides stain protection.

Restorative Cleaning of Ceramic and Porcelain Tile & Grout Phoenix Az

Depending on the type of soil, stain or other foreign matter present, select one or more of the following options:

  • For stripping off any existing topical acrylic, urethane, epoxy, heavy wax coatings and epoxy grout haze:
    • Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
    • Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
    • For heavy, hard to remove coatings, use StoneTech Professional™ Heavy Duty Coating Stripper as is.
    • For softer coatings, dilute Heavy Duty Coating Stripper with clean water up to a 1 to 1 solution.
    • Apply an even coat using a chemical-resistant paintbrush, roller or deck brush.
    • Allow stripper to dwell for 20 minutes to 2 hours or as long as needed to soften coating.
    • Heavy Duty Coating Stripper will remain active for up to 24 hours
    • Do not allow Heavy Duty Coating Stripper to remain in contact with epoxy grout joints for longer than two hours.
    • Agitate well using a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush, stiff bristle push broom or a weighted floor machine at 130-140 lbs., 175 rpm, fitted with a scrub brush attachment.
    • Rinse well with clean water and mop, sponge or wet vacuum to remove the remaining cleaning solution.
    • A hard surface extraction wand and portable or truck mounted extraction machine may be used.
    • Repeat the rinsing and wet vacuum process to insure that all dirt, soil and cleaner residues have been removed. Glendale Az Tips
  • For cleaning of grease, oil, dirt, dry soil and soap scum:
    • Mask off and protect any baseboards or adjacent areas to avoid splashing and overspray onto surfaces not intended to be treated.
    • Sweep or dust mop loose dirt and debris.
    • Strip off all topical finishes such as waxes and coatings.
    • Prepare a solution of StoneTech Professional™KlenzAll™ mixed with warm or hot water as suggested below:
    • (a) Medium Duty Usage — Mix 1 part KlenzAll™ to 4 parts of water.
    • (b) Heavy Duty Usage — Mix 1 part KlenzAll™ to 2 parts of water.
    • Apply KlenzAll™ using a low-pressure chemical-resistant sprayer, sponge or mop.
    • Agitate well using a stiff nylon bristle scrub brush, stiff bristle push broom or a weighted floor machine at 130 lbs.-140 lbs., 175 rpm, fitted with a scrub brush attachment.
    • Rinse well with clean water and mop, sponge or wet vacuum to remove the remaining cleaning solution.
    • A hard surface extraction wand and portable or truck mounted extraction machine may be used.
    • Repeat the rinsing and wet vacuum process to insure that all dirt, soil and cleaner residue have been removed.
    • To remove deep or stubborn oil stains not completely removed by KlenzAll™, let the surface dry and use StoneTech Professional™ Oil Stain Remover.
      • Apply a ¼ inch thick coat of Oil Stain Remover to the oil stained area.
      • Ensure that Oil Stain Remover covers an area 1” to 2” beyond the stained area for the purpose of containment.
      • Allow 2-3 days for the Oil Stain Remover to dry to a powder.
      • Sweep and wipe up dried powder and evaluate the stained area for removal.
      • Repeat process if needed.
      • Remove any remaining Oil Stain Remover using mineral spirits.

What are the DON'Ts of Porcelain Tile?

  • DON'T use top sealers such as floor finishes - those that become a coating over the tile and grout joints, are not recommended for porcelain tile. They will change the appearance of the tile by coating the surface and giving matte-finished tiles a shiny finish. When a particular type of tile is selected for the coefficient of friction values, the values can be changed by the application of the sealer. Rather than improving the ability to maintain the surface, top sealers will increase the maintenance requirement. Top-coating sealers will also show traffic patterns as the sealer becomes scratched or wears away. Some sealers may even peel off in spots. Call us now for a free on site no obligation tile floor evaluation and demo Glendale Az

Problems most frequently encountered with the use of top-coating sealers on porcelain are: 

  • Wear patterns are easily developed over time.
  • If the sealer has been applied to a floor which has not been properly cleaned, it will cause the floor to look hazy.
  • If the sealer is improperly applied, it can turn to a milky-white color.
  • Multiple coats of the top sealer can cause discoloration of the tile surface.
  • When problems such as these occur, the sealer must be stripped from the tile and a new coat of sealer re- applied. This is a costly and unnecessarily repetitive procedure.
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