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Tile and Grout Cleaning Cost: How to Keep Your Home Sparkly Clean

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Jul 6, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on April 30, 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

How much does tile and grout cleaning cost?

Tile and grout cleaning cost, based on the problem, can be estimated in these ranges:

  • Sealing or coating ceramic tile: $1.25 to $1.95 per square foot.
  • Replacing 1-foot square tiles that have cracked: $35 to $50 per tile.
  • Replacing grout: $5 to $11.50 per foot.
  • Re-dying discolored grout: $2 to $5 per square foot.
  • Repairing chipped tile (not replacing) with epoxy fill: $25 to $45 each.
  • Stripping and waxing: $.75 to $1.25

You want your home to look nice, make you feel good and help you stay healthy.

All the time. 

The way to achieve this is to have a professional cleaning company do the dirty work for you.

Now, you’re probably wondering about the tile and grout cleaning cost.

Here’s what you need to know about cost. But first, let’s dive into the cleaning process for each type of flooring.

Tile and grout cleaning process

There are a variety of cleaning methods for ceramic tile.

Determining the right one to use depends on the kind of tile, as well as how it was installed. 

before and after cleaning ceramic tile and grout in shower

1. Cleaning

This step-by-step guide lays out the most common practices we follow.

  1. Apply a high pH grease- and soil-cutting enzyme to penetrate the heaviest grime.
  2. The soil begins to break down when heat is applied.
  3. If an area needs heavy restoration, mechanical agitation may need to be used.
  4. Time for rotary jet extraction. This involves a high-temperature pressure wash that’s totally contained. There isn’t any over-spray and the water from rinsing is collected and discarded in a sanitary drain.
  5. If iron stains or mineral deposits are an issue, a restorative, mild acid rinse can be used to get rid of them.
  6. To remove any residue and prepare the surface for sealing, a final high-pressure rinse is applied.

2. Sealing or coating

Now it’s time for you to answer some questions and make some decisions.

You may be asked the following:

  • Is the tile indoors or outdoors?
  • Are you going for a natural look? 
  • Or would you rather have a deeper (enhanced) color?
  • Do you want a higher gloss or shine?

With your answers to these questions, we can get to work finding a solution that fits your budget and has the look you want.

3. Cost range

Here’s what you can expect to spend for on sealing or coating your home’s tile surfaces:

  • Ceramic tile: $1.25 to $1.95 per square foot.

Cleaned and sealed ceramic tile

4. The Results

Check out this before and after picture to get an idea of what you can expect.

before and after ceramic tile cleaning

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What about repair or restoration for tile and grout?

Chipped tiles or areas of cracked or missing grout don’t achieve the look you want for your home.

Whether it’s your kitchen, shower, or bathroom floor, it’s no bueno.

What about your caulking? Is it mildewed?

Solving these issues takes more time and effort during the cleaning process. We’ve been in business for more than 81 years, and we’ve truly seen it all.

The vast majority of the time, the problems we see require a visit from our “magical tile and grout repair fairy.”

pug fairy

The cost to repair or restore for tile and grout

Here’s what you could spend on tile repair, depending on the problem:

  • Replacing 1-foot square tiles that have cracked: $35 to $50 per tile.
  • Replacing grout: $5 to $11.50 per foot.
  • Re-dying discolored grout: $2 to $5 per square foot.
  • Repairing chipped tile (not replacing) with epoxy fill: $25 to $45 each.
  • Stripping and waxing: $.75 to $1.25

Additional cost estimate considerations

There are other factors that we have to consider when figuring ceramic tile cleaning cost.

Here are a few factors that will impact the cost of cleaning your tile and grout:

  • Do you have ceramic, porcelain or stamped concrete?
  • Are you dealing with damage from prior incorrect maintenance?
  • Does your surface have a coating? Has it been sealed?
  • Is your grout natural or synthetic?
  • Is it a smooth surface or is it textured? (Textured surfaces are more prone to holding onto soil and dirt.)

Costs will vary, but no matter the condition of the hard surface, remember this: All types of tile and grout and other hard surfaces can be cleaned.

This includes ceramic tile, cement and more.before and after cleaning hot tub tile surround

Real-life examples of ceramic tile cleaning costs

How is tile and grout cleaning cost determined?

Tile and grout cleaning cost is determined by:

  • The type of material.
  • Prior damage to the surface.
  • If it has a sealant on it or not.
  • If the surface is textured or smooth.

Even though there are a lot of variables, our years of experience allow us to estimate a pretty good “ballpark” for some of the basic costs.

Let’s review some real-life situations we’ve handled, so you can see what the cost to clean or repair tile and grout looks like.

Dirty ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, dining and family room 

This home had 584 square feet of ceramic tile floors that were 7 years old.

Most of the areas were lightly soiled, but the kitchen was heavily soiled (see image below).

dirty tile, grout or natural stone

This job was cleaned and sealed in one day – and it was able to be walked on within four hours.

The cost to clean per square foot for this job was $1.50, totalling $876 for the entire job.  

It was a bit higher than normal, due to the heavy soiling in the kitchen. In addition, some areas of the cabinets needed to be taped off to avoid damage, and the furniture needed to be moved in the family room.

Very soiled shower tile

before and after professional tile and grout cleaning

This shower had tough-to-remove soap scum, and it desperately needed to be cleaned, resealed and re-caulked.

It had endured nine years of showering with improper maintenance, causing unsightly and stubborn soap scum and mineral deposits that affixed itself to the ceramic tile.  The caulk was mildewed and missing in some areas.

The owners were doing a light remodel of their master bedroom and bathroom and thought they would have to replace the ceramic tile shower and flooring.

We cleaned, polished, and sealed the ceramic tiles, and replaced the caulk, with a multi-step cleaning process.

The total cost for this shower cleaning was $750, which saved the couple the thousands of  dollars it would have cost to replace the tile in the shower.

The HammondKnoll difference

Understanding tile and grout cleaning cost – and repair – can help you see what an expert tile restoration company can do for you and how much you can save by preserving or restoring your tile and grout vs. replacing it.

The years of experience we’ve had in this industry have taught us to hone and shape our strategies to a level of excellence you won’t find anywhere else.

*A note about the costs: Prices vary depending on the type of stone, prep for the job (taping off walls and cabinets), moving of furniture, as well as the amount of polishing or repairs that are required to bring the stone back to its original condition.

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