One BILLION times we have been asked, "how much to clean my commercial tile & grout, and will it come clean?" Okay, maybe not a billion, but a lot...let's get those questions answered.
Understandably, most of our clients are trying to work with a budget and want to make sure their maintenance dollars get the best result. The challenge is that the number of options can make getting the right result a little confusing. Let’s see if we can’t highlight some of those variables without boring you with too many details at the same time.
So, here’s just some of the things we have to think about when pricing tile or stone cleaning services; like is it natural stone, ceramic, porcelain or stamped concrete? Has it been damaged by incorrect maintenance in the past? Does it have a coating, has it been sealed, is it natural grout or synthetic? Is the surface smooth or does it have a textured surface that holds soiling?
Are there any tile or stones that can’t be cleaned? Absolutely, positively without a doubt all types of tile, natural stone and hard surfaces including ceramic tile, granite, marble, limestone, soapstone, sandstone, slate, cement and more can be cleaned. Grout as well-no problem-whether it’s sanded, non-sanded, epoxy, synthetic or color sealed.
Cost for cleaning-Despite all the variables, our years and years of experience combined with the thousands of jobs we have completed give us the ability to “ballpark” some basic costs;
Cleaning commercial tile floors- .50 cents to $1.55 per square foot. Here’s a couple of pricing examples;
A new car dealership. 8,000 square feet of ceramic tile floors that were 7 years old. Most of the areas were lightly soiled but some areas in the showroom and service shop had oil and coffee staining. This job was done over two consecutive nights so as not to interfere with their operations at all. Cost per square foot for this job was 76 cents per square foot or $6,000 for entire cleaning.
A Mexican Restaurant with 2,800 square feet of handmade terracotta tile. 15 years old with heavy grease and oil over the entire floor. Owners were doing a light remodel of the building and were thinking they would have to replace the flooring. Restored flooring with multi-step cleaning for 1.50 per square foot. Total cost for cleaning, $4,200. (They saved over $35,000 on replacement costs)
How is it cleaned, you ask? There are many different methods for cleaning depending on the tile type and installation.
The starting point is a multi-step cleaning process using a high ph grease and soil-cutting enzyme to break down heavy soils. This applied heated to start the soil breakdown process. Mechanical agitation may be used on areas needing heavy restoration, followed by using high-temperature rotary jet extraction equipment. Think of this like high temperature pressure washing that is completely contained. No over spray and all rinse water picked up and disposed of in a sanitary drain. This can be followed by a restorative mild acid rinse to remove iron staining and mineral deposits as needed.
The tile is given a final high pressure rinse to remove all residue and prepare it for sealing or coating.
Sealing or Coating- Here again there’s choices to be made and questions we ask like; Is the tile inside or outside? Would you like a natural look or would you like a deeper (enhanced color)? Are you looking to have a higher gloss or shine? Determining the answers to these questions help get the right result and the right price. That being said, here’s a range for sealing or coating tile surfaces;
Floor areas with ceramic tile- 35-75 cents per square foot.
Floor areas with natural stone- 55-1.05 per square foot
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Repair & Restoration- Chipped tiles? Cracked or missing grout? Mildewed caulking? We see it all the time, 90% of the time the jobs we do require some sort of magical repair. Scratched or etched natural stone such as marble, granite, limestone, slate and more, not to brag, but we are polishing experts.
Costs for repair-
A handful of examples to give you some ideal of cost to repair tile and stone.
Replacing 1 foot square tiles that have cracked-$35-$50 each tile.
Replacing grout by the foot-2.50-5.00 per foot.
Re-dying grout that has discolored- $2.25-$5.00 per square foot.
Repairing chipped tile without replacing using epoxy fill $25-$45
It's no lie, I promise- Our tile and stone craftsmen are the best in the industry when it comes to restoring tile, stone and grout check out our 300+ 5 star reviews
Are we the right fit for you? Call us 844-208-0288 or better yet send us your info we will have an expert reach out to you quickly.
We are thrilled at the opportunity to add you to our long list of successful cleaning, sealing and restoration success stories.
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