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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Removing Grout Haze from Textured Porcelain Shower Tiles in Leeds

These pictures show very fine textured porcelain tiles that had been installed in a shower cubicle at a property in Leeds that did not have the grout cleaned off properly. It’s worth knowing that we cover the whole city of Leeds which has one of the most diverse economies in the UK and is known as its second biggest legal and financial centre after London.

On arrival it was clear where the problem lay. Unfortunately, the tiler who had installed the tiles had not been very diligent in removing the excess grout afterwards leaving it to dry on the surface where it had become stuck in the surface of the textured tile. This is a problem commonly referred to as Grout Haze, the tiles are literally smeared in grout and once it has set no amount of household cleaner will remove the residue.

Textured Porcelain Tiles with Grout Haze Leeds

To add to the problem the situation with the grout haze had not been resolved after installation in-fact it had been fitted a few years prior and a build-up of soap scum and stains from the dyes in shampoo products had made the shower cubicle look worse.

Tile Doctors have a solution for every problem and I knew exactly how to remove the grout smearing and revamp the whole shower cubicle. Confident I could get them cleaned up in less than a day we agreed a price and booked the work in to be done.

Textured Porcelain Tiles with Grout Haze Leeds Textured Porcelain Tiles with Grout Haze Leeds

Cleaning Porcelain Tiled Shower Cubicle

Before tackling the Grout Haze, I needed to clean the tile and grout, so I started with an application of Tile Doctor Oxy-Gel which being a gel sticks well to vertical surfaces such as wall tiles allowing it dwell longer and really breakdown the dirt. I worked on one square metre at a time leaving it to dwell for ten minutes and then scrubbed in with a scouring pad. The area is quite small, so it was easiest to do the work by hand rather than using the rotary hand buffer. The area was then rinsed thoroughly to remove the soil and any remaining product.

Next while the tile was still wet l applied Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up to tackle the grout smears. Grout Clean-up is an acid, so you do need to be careful however it is the only thing that will remove grout once it’s dried, also I wouldn’t recommend using it on natural stone as it can etch the surface however these tiles were Porcelain. The process worked well although some tiles needed to be re-treated to get rid of all the smears.

I rinsed again with water and then dried with a heat gun to make sure no marks or stains came back when completely dry. Happy that the tiles and grout were now as clean as possible, and the area was fully dried out, all that remained was to strip out the old stained silicone sealer and replace with new.

Silicone Sealing a Porcelain Tiled Shower Cubicle

We do have a product called Duo-Clean that can clean up silicone but my preference in this case was to strip out the old with a sharp knife and replace with new. I find this really adds to the renovation of the cubicle completing the transformation. It also ensures the cubicle is left waterproof and less likely to have a leak develop in the old silicone in future.

Textured Porcelain Tiles after Grout Haze Removed Leeds Textured Porcelain Tiles after Grout Haze Removed Leeds

It is amazing the difference the clean-up made. The client now has the shower cubicle they had hoped for and are happy to use every day, they were very pleased with the results.

Textured Porcelain Tiles after Grout Haze Removed Leeds

 

Source: Porcelain Tile Cleaning and Renovation Service in North West Yorkshire

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