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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Dealing with Mould on Grout in an Uxbridge Shower Cubicle

Ceramic and most Porcelain tiles are very easy to clean which makes them a good choice for shower cubicles, the one problem you will find though is that due to the cementitious nature of grout the top layer does attract dirt as can silicone. As a result, we recommend rinsing down showers with Tile Doctor Oxy-Pro on a regular basis or the problem will build. Mould can also be a problem especially if your bathroom is quite small or has inadequate ventilation to extract the hot steam in which mould thrives.

Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Uxbridge

This Ceramic tiled shower cubicle at a house in Uxbridge had all these problems and would need something much stronger to deal with the mould and remove the limescale which had also built up. Limescale from hard water is a problem that affects 60% of the UK with the South and East of England is particularly impacted due to the local chalk and limestone geology the water is filtered through. Buckinghamshire is known to have hard to very hard water and these tiny mineral deposits build up slowly on the surfaces of shower cubicles during use.

Deep Cleaning a Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle

To get the shower cubicle clean I began by spaying the tile and grout down with Tile Doctor Duo Clean which is a dual action product that is designed to clean grout and remove mould. You leave the product on the tiles for ten minutes and then scrub it in with a stiff brush, it’s hard work and you need to repeat in the stubborn areas, but it gets good results.

The tile and grout were then rinsed down with water and left to dry whilst I popped out for lunch. On my return I dried off any damp areas with a heat gun and took a step back to review the work I had done.

The results were good but unfortunately there were still a few dark stains in the grout which I was unlikely to be able to remove. When this happens, I find the best solution to achieve a consistent appearance is to apply a grout colourant to the grout. Tile Doctor grout colourants come in ten colours are relatively straight forward to apply, I always keep some of the popular colours in stock and on this occasion, I felt a White colourant would work best.

Normally the first stage would be to prepare the grout first with a pre-treater but given the grout had already been scrubbed hard I was able to move onto applying the colourant with a small brush. Grout Colourants not only recolour and rejuvenate the grout lines but also adds a barrier over the grout sealing it in and protecting it from further staining.

Whilst waiting for the colourant to dry I stripped out the mouldy sealant strip between the tile and shower tray and replaced with mould resistant silicone.

Ceramic Tiled Shower Cubicle Before Cleaning Uxbridge

The shower cubicle now looks much fresher and I’m sure will be a pleasure to take a shower in.
 
 
Source: Tile and Grout Cleaning and Renovation Service in Uxbridge

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