Seemingly smooth surfaces become scratched and dulled from daily abrasion that in turn creates micro hiding places for dirt, oils, and bacteria. The condition worsens in a short amount of time and creates an unacceptable floor that cannot be cleaned by mop and bucket. When you wax over this ugly surface it only seals in the worn dirty look.
The newer ceramic tile flooring creates a problem on two fronts. First, the tile surfaces are engineered with more texture than ever before making the mop less useful and effective. Secondly, and even more noticeable and problematic, the grout between the tiles has even more texture to trap dirt residue left by mopping.
The problem is the cementatious lime based grout easily absorbs moisture, oils and sugars that in turn attract bacteria, dirt and other solids that change the overall appearance by darkening the grout. Other porous surfaces like brick, Italian quarry- tile, limestone and other engineered flooring all acts like concrete or grout, absorbing liquids, oils and dirt to a point that their appearance also darkens with time .
Chemicals can dilute the grime well enough, but without effective removal the formed slurry only soaks deeper into the grout. Rotary scrubbers fail to reach into the grout lines or the texture of the tiles. Whilst tiles and grout are now found in most domestic properties in the UK, they are also found in many commercial applications. These include hotel foyers, toilets and bathrooms (where grout mould can be a major issue) sports centres, office toilets and restaurants, to name but a few. Dirty tile and grout is not aesthetically pleasing. More importantly it is unhygienic. Bacteria collects in the grout lines along with oils, food matter, sugars and moisture. The final “mop and bucket “of the day further exasipates the problem further adding more moisture and dirt.
Historically dirty grout issues have been tackled by intensive scrubbing, using bleach, re-grouting over the top (a temporary fix), or if all else fails, ripping out and replacing the tiles and grout. We can potentially save the cost of replacement, not to mention the loss of business and considerable disruption that would be incurred. In many instances we have saved clients