Cleaning Grout

Cleaning Grout

Grout Cleaning and Grout Haze Removal
Grouts are porous and, as a result, they easily absorb grease, dirt and lime scale. Spillages such as wine, lemonades or greasy substances will cause marks and patches in the joints in the floor. Grout between wall-tiles, particularly in damp areas like bathrooms, will become dirty and unattractive as a result of Mould, Mildew and Limescale.

Mould is one of the most unsightly problems, which usually starts off in the wettest area of the room, this could be the bottom of the shower or bath, then starts to spread and if left unchecked could cover a large area of the wall.

Discolouration of grout joints in bath or shower areas due to continued use of acid formulated shampoos and soaps. This causes yellow orange and pink stains to the grout over even a short period of time.

The answer is obvious, protect the grout using a sealer. Although relatively unknown in the UK, protection awareness is growing. Sealing forms an invisible barrier between the grout and the surface, this will then protect your investment for years to come.


GROUT CLEANING

Tile Doctor Pro-CleanA concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. Dilute with 3 to 5 parts water to use as a very effective cleaner that removes grease, soap scum, body oil, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to heavy use. Dilute with 2 parts water for the stripping of synthetic and acrylic waxes and floor finishes.

Use Tile Doctor Pro-Clean Tile, Stone & Grout cleaner; highly effective against wax sealers, grease, grout stain, grime and general dirt build up.

Always follow the instuctions on the bottle.

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Neutral Cleaner

Most tile cleaning products sold on the market today are designed for cleaning ceramic rather than stone surfaces, as a result they can slowly etch away at the sealed surface of your stone floor reducing the life of your sealer. The Tile Doctor range of neutral Tile and Stone cleaners are especially formulated for the regular cleaning of Sealed Stone and Tile surfaces keeping them fresh.

It’s PH neutral phosphate free formula ensures your sealed surface remains undamaged eliminating soap scum build up, hard water deposits.

Uses
Use on Grout, Natural Stone floor, Ceramic, Porcelain, Adobe Tile, Quarry, Terracotta, Masonry surfaces or other water-safe surfaces. This cleaner is ideal for sealed floors, its neutral PH formula will not degrade the sealer.

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Shower Tile and Grout Cleaner

Oxy-Pro Shower Tile and Grout CleanerA powerful high-alkaline cleaner especially formulated for cleaning shower Tile and Grout. Highly effective cleaner that removes soap scum, body oil, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to frequent use.

Uses
Use on natural stone (such as Granite, Limestone, Slate, and Travertine), Ceramic, Porcelain, Quarry, Saltillo, Terracotta and Masonry surfaces.

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GROUT HAZE

Tile Doctor Grout Clean-UpGrout Clean-Up contains concentrated hydrochloric acid and cleaner designed to penetrate below the surface to remove light grout smears (grout haze), mineral deposits, rust stains and efflorescence. This product is also effective for the removal of most hard water stains, lime deposits and soap scum.

Residual grout (grout haze) on tiles can be removed using a 1-3 solution of Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up. Care must be taken using acid on porous tiles. Test on one tile before applying on whole area. Follow the instructions on the bottle.
This product is ideal for removing Grout Haze, you need to put it in a spray bottle and spray it on to the wall tiles, and use a rough pan cleaner to remove the haze. On the floor do the same but trying use a scrubbing brush, rinse down with water afterwards you may need to do this 2 or 3 times, to get a good result. If the problem is more that of general dirt and grime then use Heavy Duty Tile and Grout Cleaner first.

Uses
Recommended for use on masonry surfaces and acid resistant stone such as Cermamics, Porcelain, Sandstone and Slate.

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ACID GEL

Tile Doctor Acid GelPH1 blend of Phosphoric and Hydrochloric acids in a gel form for the treatment of grout haze (grout smears) and efflorescence on wall and floor tiles. The gel is especially effective on vertical or sloped surface where where more dwell time is required.

Use
Especially effective on Victorian floor tiles to remove mineral salt deposits (efflorescence). Users should be aware that like any acid product it will etch acid sensitive tiles such as Marble, Limestone, Travertine and various types of Terrazzo, which can be restored using Tile Doctor Diamond pads if necessary.

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Grout Colouring and Cleaning of a Mosaic Tiled Kitchen Worktop
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Mouldy Shower Cubicle Refreshed
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Removing Grout Smears (haze) from Sandstone
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Source: Tile Doctor – Grout Care

Recent Posts

Changing White Grout to Natural Grey in Glossop, Derbyshire

The tiled floor shown in the photographs below are from a client who lives in Glossop which is a market town in the Derbyshire Peak District between Manchester and Sheffield. I was contacted me to see if it would be possible to recolour the grout, it turns out they had been a little disappointed with the white grout colour they had chosen and preferred the more defined look a darker grout would have given.

I went to survey the floor and could see the tiles were Porcelain which are a good choice for busy common areas as they are very tough, easily cleaned and usually don’t need to be sealed. Grout however is cementous and the top layer is porous which can allows it to be easily stained, a problem which is more evident on white grout which is therefore not the best choice for a kitchen.

Porcelain Tiled Floor Grout Before Colouring Glossop

The tiled floor area was approximately 25 square meters, but big tiles and thin grout lines would make this a reasonably quick job to complete. We agreed a cost and I arranged a date, the job would be done across two days to allow the grout time to dry after deep cleaning on day one.

Cleaning Porcelain Tiled Floor Grout

To get the best results and achieve a superior bond between with the colourant it was important to get the grout as clean as it could be. To this end I gave the grout a good scrub with a strong dilution of Tile Doctor Pro-Clean which is a stripper and degreaser that is safe to use on tile and grout and great for removing dirt from heavily soiled stone or grout.

Floor scrubbing machines can struggle to reach into the grout recess, so I find the best way to clean grout is by hand using a soft steel brush. This action cleaned up the grout well and the now soiled Pro-Clean was rinsed off the floor with clean water and then extracted with a wet vacuum. I then inspected the floor to make sure I was happy and re-treated a few areas that needed more work.

I wanted the grout to be bone dry before applying the grout colourant so after cleaning the grout I left and agreed to come back the next day to complete the job.

Grout Colouring a Porcelain Tiled Floor

When I arrived in the morning I could see the grout was fully dry and ready to be recoloured. Because I needed to recolour from white to natural grey I only needed one thick coat of Natural Grey grout colourant which was carefully applied with a small brush and any excess wiped off the tile as I went along. In fact, even after retouching I found that with such narrow grout lines and large format tiles I only used half a bottle of natural grey colourant to complete the job.

Porcelain Tiled Floor Grout After Colouring Glossop

The job was all complete and the floor looking completely different. The client was over the moon with the finish and we had achieved exactly what they were looking for. The grout colourant also forms a barrier over the grout sealing it in and so they will find this floor is very easy to keep cleaning going forward.

 

Source: Grout Cleaning and Colouring Service in Glossop, Derbyshire

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