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Hard Surface Cleaning

t-1643Cleaning hard surfaces may seem like a daunting task but more and more cleaners are adding this to their repertoire. From tiles to grout to stone exteriors, all hard surfaces can be cleaned and sealed with the right equipment and chemicals. Sealer is one such chemical based product with gives hard surfaces a finished look.

Cleaning tile and grout however comes with challenges such as white haze on the tiles once the sealant is dry. If the sealer fails to penetrate the surface, it leaves a powdery white residue. This is even more visible on dark colored hard surfaces.

There is a simple solution to preventing this white haze from spoiling a cleaning job. They say “prevention is better than cure” and this adage applies to the white haze scenario. In order to avoid the residue from collecting, cleaners can do a simple “test” by putting water on a smaller area to see how quickly – or slowly – it penetrates the surface. The quicker the water penetrates, the more sealer is needed. If the water does not seep in at all, then you know there is sealer present and you need not put additional sealer. Therefore the water test in turn will help determine how much sealer is required or not. More often than not, it is the quantity of the sealer that causes this problem.

The water test will help you determine how much sealer is needed. Next, you can do a sealer test. This is done by applying sealer to an area of approximately 40cm on the side. Once dry, this area will tell you whether your sealer quantity is less, more or ideal.

Conversely, let’s assume “prevention” was not done and it is time to undo or cure the problem. In this case, we assume white haze has already set in and you need a fix. There are 5 simple steps to do this.

p-1353For tiles – whether ceramic or porcelain, a white polishing pad coupled with a standard rotary machine will do the trick. This applies to moderate cases of white haze, but for more extreme cases, a red buffing pad may be needed. A grout brush can be used to remove excess sealer from grout lines.

t-1591-01Secondly, one must tackle the sticky residue from grout lines. In order to do this applying a mild  TileClenz  solution will help.  Thirdly, the surface must be vigorously rubbed with a grout brush. For the fourth step, high pressure produced by your truckmount or hard surface cleaning portable and extraction – will not only remove the sealer, it also remove the alkaline stripper too. The fifth step is to simply repeat the process for all affected areas!

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