MODERN STONE CARE STONE AND TILE SERVICES
Houston Tile Floor Cleaning:
Ceramic and porcelain tiles are manmade tiles that are impervious to penetration due to the fact that they are fired under high heat to shrink out the moisture and glazed over to create a totally sealed floor. They resist acids as well as any natural stone and better than most. Because of this, we can use either an acidic cleaning solution or an alkaline cleaning solution to clean the tile.
Alkaline cleaners emulsify, or depolarize dirt. This means that the dirt on top of the grout is removed more easily with alkaline cleaners. This is something acids don’t do well. However, acids etch grout because its base is cement, which is alkaline in its nature. When we can etch sanded grout in particular, we can remove dirt which is embedded into the grout. At the same time, the acid is etching the surface of the grout away and exposing the original color underneath. This makes the grout look “like new” again.
Whichever solution we decide is best for your floor, we will let dwell on the surface for approximately 20 minutes. This gives the cleaner time to perform the needed action on the dirt or the grout. We then use an industry accepted spinner tool which provides pressure coupled with vacuum for extraction. This is the industry recommended method to clean stone and tile floors. We recommend that you have your ceramic or porcelain tile floors professionally cleaned annually, in order to properly extract the dirt that builds up over time from traffic and soap residue.
Houston Tile Floor Sealing:
Modern Stone Care does not endorse sealing ceramic, or porcelain tile. As described above, the tile is completely sealed through its manufacturing process. We also, do not recommend sealing the floor in order to make it shiny. If you want your tile to be shiny, buy a glossy glazed tile. Topical film forming sealers can create a slip hazard; don’t hold up well to traffic, not to mention they just look dirty over time. Plus, these sealers will require stripping occasionally, which can be expensive. We do recommend sealing sanded grout. Find out more information on that subject on our grout page by clicking here.
Houston Tile Floor Stripping:
People do often make the mistake of putting a sealer over their ceramic or porcelain tile. When this happens, we can help. We often strip the sealer off the top of the tile. Generally, stripping the tile is easy. Stripping the sealer out of grout is more difficult. When a film is placed on top of a porous material, it is only natural for the film to sink in and become part of the material, in this case grout. It takes a great deal of effort and time to strip a floor properly, but we do perform this service regularly. Call for details on any of our tile services or fill out the contact form on this page.
Dirt will accumulate in the grooves in a textured tile, such as imitation rustic travertine or slate. Most ceramic and porcelain tile floors have sanded grout. The grout is porous and can stain easily when not sealed. As always, we recommend cleaning these floors annually to extract dirt that accumulates over the course of the year from foot traffic and soap buildup.