Tile and Grout Cleaning by Doll Bros
We are the premier Tile and Grout cleaning service provider that thousands of homeowners have trusted since 1964. Doll Bros brings more than 50 years of family ownership to our cleaning business in Pinellas County. From my parents Dick and Shirley Doll to me (Don Doll) and onto our children Aaron & Sarah – Three generations of family ownership!
Angie’s List Super Service AwardWinners in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. These awards can’t be bought or won, they can only by earned by being reviewed and rated by Angie’s members
Tile and Grout Cleaning by Doll Bros produces incredible results!
Ceramic Tile is one of the most abused and overlooked floors in the home, simply because of the care and work involved in Grout and Tile cleaning.
Tile & Grout Cleaning Service includes the Grout Sealant
As a homeowner, you know that cleaning tile and grout is a very challenging job.
No one gets excited to get on their hands and knees to scrub each grout line. Not only is it time-consuming; it can be physically painful.
In fact, many of us would rather visit the dentist and have a tooth pulled than have to tackle dirty Grout Cleaning.
Doll Bros. cleans 1,000+ homes every year, and our customers have told us countless stories of how they tried to clean tile and grout lines. …Most of those stories end with: “I will never do that again!”
Don’t worry. Our Tile Cleaning & Grout Cleaning service takes away all the pain and misery.
The Good News: We have cleaned HUNDREDS of tile floors in homes, condos and commercial buildings.
Tile and Grout Cleaning Brightens the Entire Room
Doll Bros. step by step cleaning technique makes tile floors beautiful again!
Our cleaning products, and the specific machines and tools that we use, are designed to remove the toughest dirt and debris. This is the advantage that we have, as homeowners (and other companies) don’t have access to such exclusive machinery.
The biggest compliment that we receive after the tile and grout cleaning is finished?
I can’t believe how bright this room is!
When Doll Bros. added tile and grout cleaning service in 2005, we knew there was a need, because we didn’t have to look any further than our own homes. Our tile and grout floors were installed in 2003, and, two years later (2 kids, 3 dogs, and non-stop entertaining), our tile floors were filthy!
These pictures are typical of the kind of cleaning results we get. The easy part of our tile and grout cleaning service is cleaning the tile. The most demanding part of the job is cleaning the grout.
Cleaning Tile vs. Cleaning Grout – What’s the Difference?
Most tile floors— or the “squares” that we see in people’s homes— are ceramic tile.
Ceramic tile is typically kilned and glazed anywhere from 1200-1800 degrees. What that means to us, is that the surface of the tile is just about impenetrable to dirt.
…So the easy part of tile and grout cleaning is… cleaning the tile. Cleaning the grout is the real elephant in the room.
So what is grout, anyway? Grout has a lot of similar characteristics of concrete, so we, for the sake of simplicity, call it concrete.
Typically, dirty grout lines are the first thing homeowners notice. While we’re cleaning the carpets, customers will usually ask us about tile and grout cleaning. The best way for us to determine if the tile and grout needs to be cleaned is to; find a piece of clean tile and grout on their floors. The easiest place to find it is near a baseboard.
Why start with grout by the baseboards? Because no one walks there, and it’s typically the cleanest area we can find.
You can even do this test on your own. Find a beautiful, clean piece of grout by the baseboards, and then just follow that line until you get into the middle of the room…. And BINGO! You can now see the amazing difference between clean and dirty.
Let’s Clean that Dirty Grout Line & Get Your Floors Bright and Clean again!
Let Doll Bros. take it from here…
Even if you are capable of getting on your hands and knees to scrub that grout line, what are you going to do with the waste?
As you will see with the following pictures, when we scrub that grout line, the whole room is going to turn into a muddy swamp. We, unlike you, have the tools and machinery to contain the mud and remove this mess.
As with all of our services, Our Tile & Grout Cleaning Service is one price for the entire job.
Once the tile is cleaned, and the crud and the mud is removed from the grout line, we seal each individual grout line with a grout sealant applicator.
The tool that we use to do this looks like an upside down baseball bat, which is filled with grout sealant. We apply the sealant right into the grout line, just like doing a crossword puzzle. It’s a tedious job, but it is the correct way to get this product into the grout.
Most companies charge an arm and a leg for this, on top of the cleaning costs…
Not with Doll Brothers! We consider it necessary to complete your job the right way, and there’s no additional cost.
Most people think sealant is a “cure-all,” and that the grout won’t get dirty again. …While we wish that were the case, it’s not.
The sealant allows you to clean before a contaminant sticks to the grout line.
Here’s An Example: In the kitchen, you’re cracking eggs to make a cake, and one of the eggs slips out of your hand and breaks on the tile floor. At that very moment, you have the opportunity to clean the yolk before it’s absorbed by the grout. If you get distracted and wait 5 minutes, most likely it will be too late.
We explain this scenario during estimates, because we want you to truly understand what sealant is, and isn’t.
The Proper Way for You to Maintain Your Tile Floor
Before I get to the specifics of this article, let’s just work it backwards for a moment.
…How did the grout get so dirty in the first place?
…Is it possible that the way you are cleaning your tile floor is the root cause of the problem?
In most cases, and after asking these questions to hundreds of our customers, the answer is improper tile cleaning. Once we complete your tile and grout cleaning, we explain how you should clean floors in the future.
Vacuum: Most of the day-to-day dirt is sitting on top of those big tile squares. The trick is not to push the dirt that is on top of the tile into the grout lines. But how to do that?
Broom and dust pan would be no good, because you would have to do every tile square. And you don’t want to broom the dust into the grout line.
Vacuuming, however, works works very well— but you need the right type of vacuum. Get a lightweight cordless vacuum, and keep it handy. You want something easy and convenient to use, or you may not use it as much as you should.
Moisture: Applying water is the cardinal sin of tile floor cleaning. Most people just use way too much water, and they wash the dirt from the tile surface into the grout line— creating wet and dirty grout all in one application. DON’T DO THIS!
Next time you go to the hardware store, pick you a nice, big swifter, the kind where the head rotates 360 degrees (they cost about $30). Purchase cloth swifters (get a 4 pack for about $20), because these pick up the dirt really well, and they’re washable/reusable.
Now that you have the proper tools, let’s put together the proper moisture. Purchase a quart spray bottle and mix 1 teaspoon of ammonia, and then fill with water. Lightly mist the spray onto the the tile and then use your swifter to wipe it up.
Vacuum, Spray then Swifter. With just a little bit of practice you can do a big room in less than 5 minutes.