We regularly receive feedback from customers about the great results they’ve achieved doing their own tile cleaning and grout recoloring projects. Here’s the latest grout sealing testimonial from a happy customer:
Wow what a product. Ease of use and the outcome is fantastic! Now I must do the rest of the house because we cannot just have the MBath looking great. I will follow up with additional pics once I get more done. The most important part is my wife LOVES the outcome.
Making your tile and grout look new again is really easy. Using tile and grout restoration products designed with the do-it-yourselfer in mind means achieving professional results is easy for almost anyone.
Well sort of. But if you leave the dirty water on the floor after you clean the tile, the dirt in the water is left behind when the water evaporates. Next time you do your tile cleaning, use a white terry cloth towel to see just how much dirt is really left behind. (Don’t use your best towels)
You might be surprised at how dirty the towel is. All that dirt on the towel would have been left on the surface of the tile. And the dirt in the water/tile cleaner residue would have discolored your grout. The best way to keep your tile clean is to dry the floor after the tile cleaning process. Remove any puddled water that accumulates in the grout joints or in the recesses of some tile designs. This ensures all of the dirt is removed and makes your tile cleaning effort much more effective.
But Aren’t Cleaners Effective For Tile Cleaning?
Tile cleaners today do have agents in them that help lift dirt to the surface. The lifting agent (surfactant) works best when the tile is drenched with tile cleaner and water, and rinsed with clean water. With even the best tile cleaning products, it’s a fact that any tile cleaning residue or mop water left on the tile and grout will still leave behind dirt.
Properly done, floor cleaning can maintain a tile floor in a like new condition (assuming the grout was protected with a grout sealer like our grout colorant) with regular mopping. Just remember to use the proper grout and tile cleaner and the proper tile cleaning techniques and you are sure to achieve excellent results.
I’m often asked about using a no-rinse cleaner for maintaining stone, tile and grout. People are always looking for the quickest way to clean their tile and grout with the least amount of effort and may decide to use a no-rinse floor cleaner rather than rinsing when cleaning their tile floor.
Both types of cleaners do a good job of loosening dirt from the tile and grout surface and floating it to the top for removal. But what’s the difference between rinsing and using a no-rinse tile and grout cleaner?
Most cleaners “do what they do” using surfactants. A surfactant is an additive that increases waters “wetness”. I know, sounds strange right? By decreasing waters surface tension, surfactants allow cleaners to be more effective at lifting the dirt and spills from the surface.
But here’s the part that gets me about no-rinse cleaners…I guess it’s best described using an analogy.
Let’s say you’ve had a great year and buy yourself Ferrari. You wax your Ferrari so that it’s easier to clean the bugs off from driving down the coast on the weekend..so let’s compare that to protecting your grout with a sealer. Now let’s say you’ve had a long weekend on the coast driving your convertible Ferrari up and down the winding highway and now it’s time to clean it. (I think I need a vacation… and a Ferrari)
So you break out the bucket and sponge and use a no-rinse cleaner. You wipe the whole car down with the no-rinse cleaner and a sponge and then it’s clean right?
You’ve just wiped a bunch of dirty water and bug guts all over your Ferrari. At least now it’s evenly dirty all over but you can see your neighbors mocking you.
As far as I know, none of the floor chemical companies work for NASA and have invented a way to “vaporize” dirt off tile and grout. When you wash your dishes, do you use a rinse cycle? When you wash your clothes, do they get rinsed? When you shower, do you lather up and get out?
Seriously though, rinsing the floor removes the majority of the dirt the cleaner has lifted from the surface and any extra cleaner residue. Even if you rinse, unless you are using a new mop and new mop water for every area, you are still leaving dirt on the floor.
So how do you keep the floor clean?…DRY THE FLOOR.
People don’t want to hear that, but the truth hurts. Try this. Mop a floor using a no-rinse cleaner. Now take a big white terry cloth towel and dry the whole floor with it. Take a quick look at the your white towel and you are sure to be disgusted with how dirty it is. Leave the floor wet, and that dirt doesn’t just disappear.
Over time the dirt builds up leaving the tile and grout looking dingy. Drying the floor is the only real way to keep tile and grout clean no matter which type of cleaner you use. Not rinsing before you dry the floor just means you’ll have more cleaner residue on the towel with all the dirt when it’s dry.
For those that don’t or won’t dry the floor, plan on doing a heavy scrubbing every 6-12 months to deep clean the tile and grout. If you leave dirty mop water on the floor, the more you mop, the worse the tile and grout will look.
To start a tile and grout cleaning business, all you need is a little training. The products to restore tile and grout are easy to use and the process is proven. So you might be asking what more do you really need?
Well the real answer is you don’t need anything to get started right away. One of our most successful tile and grout cleaning business students put himself through college working out of the back of a Honda Civic. You don’t need to spend a lot of money in expensive equipment or vehicles. While there is equipment that will save you time and labor, it is not necessary to perform the services.
With no more than a couple hundred dollars in materials and supplies you can accomplish the same results as someone with a $40,000 truck mount system. This low barrier to entry makes it very easy to start a tile and grout cleaning business of your own. Even operating part time can lead to a substantial income every month.
Our Online Training program gives you a real head start by providing many of the items you’ll need to start your tile and grout cleaning business; forms, advertising pieces, customer service procedures, video training, before and after pictures, brochures and much more.
Start a tile and grout cleaning business today and start bringing in extra income. Who knows, maybe even replace your job and start working for yourself full time. Hundreds of other people have done it and we can help you do it to. Check out our tile and grout cleaning business opportunity and see how easy we make it.
Many people have their own idea of their personal dream kitchen, and for far too many, those ideas never actually come to fruition. A number of homeowners feel that they are held back by the high cost of remodeling and home improvement supplies. However, if you are finally ready to take the kitchen remodeling plunge and want to really start actualizing your dreams of an updated kitchen, there are ways to save money on these kinds of projects that may surprise how little it may actually cost to change the look and feel of your kitchen for the better.
First, decide how much of the work you can do yourself. Much of the high cost of home improvement projects for any room of the house comes from the fact that specialized professionals charge outrageous amounts for their expertise. If there is any aspect of the project that you can do yourself, eliminate the financial burden of having to hire someone else to do it. Today’s tile floors are easier to restore than ever before, and this is one area where you can save yourself a lot of money. Another thing to think about is paint and wallpaper. Changing the walls in your kitchen is often something that you can do yourself in a weekend.
Second, shop for closeouts. Home improvement stores frequently eliminate outdated items from stock, and you can find fixtures and supplies that may only be a few years old for a fraction of the cost. Whenever some home improvement stores go out of business, things like sinks, tile, and even appliances can be found at huge discounts. Also, some of these stores sell items that may have slight cosmetic damage but are still fully functioning for as much as 50-75 percent off of the retail price in order to get rid of them in a hurry. If you don’t mind having a small ding in your dishwasher or front loading washer, this is a great way to help you achieve your dreams without breaking the bank.
Third, shop for secondhand items when possible. Sites like Craigslist and Ebay can be a boon for someone who is redesigning or upgrading part of their home. Not only can you find building supplies and tools here, but you can also find dining room furniture and kitchen appliances that are often barely used for as much as one tenth of what you would expect to pay in a retail store. This is especially true of larger appliances. Many people find themselves moving on short notice and do not want to have to haul heavy, bulky items. I have seen many people that will nearly give away something that they may have purchased at full price only months before simply because they cannot take it with them.
The outdated kitchen that you are still cooking in might continue to offer up some old memories, but does it remain practical in these modern times? If you are still living in the kitchen of the 60s, more than likely your family has grown or your needs have changed. Remodeling your kitchen does not mean that you have to let go of any of the nostalgia or heartwarming memories of the past. Over the years, we celebrate many big life events in the kitchen, and memories are full of great family times. You may even remember your children growing up, baking their favorite birthday cake, or teaching them to bake cookies, but these memories do not go away simply because you decide to update your kitchen in order to make things more easily accessible or save time and energy.
There are also plenty of times when remodeling the kitchen is unavoidable. As our families grow, we run out of space. Outdated kitchen items no longer work or new appliances are desperately needed. In today’s fast paced world, there is less than ever before to devote to the everyday chores of cooking and cleaning, and there are many ways that an updated kitchen can help accommodate your needs and make these kinds of everyday chores easier, saving you time and money. Baking snacks for your favorite team or your child’s class no longer takes all day. Modern appliances such as microwaves and convection ovens have changed the way that we cook and prepare virtually everything, cooking entire meals in a fraction of the time and eliminating much of the preparation involved. Dishwashers allow us to spend more time with our families and less time cleaning up after ourselves. Now that we have more to do than ever before, every little added convenience helps out a great deal.
A kitchen remodeling project may be just what you need to get things back in order in your home and be able to save time without having to compromise things like a family meal together or the other things that you love. Modern technology has provided us with many gifts that allow us to save time and energy. Things like trash compactors mean waiting a few more days before having to take out the garbage. Built in recycling bins take the hassle out of sorting the garbage, and it is ready to carry out to the curb. Today’s flooring options are easier to clean than ever before, and nearly anyone can do it. If you get to looking around, you will see that there are also a number of less expensive kitchen remodeling ideas that can help you put the energy back into your day and get more out of your time at home.
Ceramic tile flooring in a kitchen can be a durable and low maintenance surface if properly protected right from the start with a quality grout color sealant or grout stain sealer. These types of grout colorants protect new grout from stains by stain proofing the surface. This stain proofing protection goes well beyond the protection provided by clear grout sealers you might be familiar with. Grout color sealers can also restore old grout back to a uniform and stain free appearance. With the added ability to change grout colors, color sealing grout also saves the time, cost and hassle of removing or replacing tile.
A kitchen update can be accomplished successfully without letting go of the precious memories and “feeling of home” a kitchen gives you.
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