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Southern Cross Cleaning specialises in tile and grout cleaning and we have done so for many years.

We clean tiles and grout in commercial offices, buildings, ware houses, schools, medical facilities, caravan parks, universities, shopping centres, super markets and sporting complexes.

We use two different processes for tile and grout cleaning; one being high pressure cleaning and the other being “clean and capture,” which involves using the razorback and hybrid dome.

The first step in our approach to tile and grout cleaning is to identify what process will be the most appropriate one for the job.  We generally use the high pressure cleaners in wet areas that have suitable drainage and we use the hybrid in areas that we want to minimise the use of water because there is no, or poor, drainage.

Using High Pressure Equipment for Tile and Grout Cleaning

High Pressure washer stihl 27000We have variety of high pressure cleaning machines ranging is size 1500 psi to 4500 psi.  Typically the smaller ones are used for internal use and the larger machines are used for external work.

In certain circumstances it a requirement that, prior to commencing the work, we make sure that fire detection equipment has been isolated.  This is to be coordinated with the facilities managers and/or the owners of the building.

Firstly we ensure we have all of the equipment necessary to undertake and complete the work. Then we place the ‘wet floor’ signs and ‘cleaning in progress’ signs at all of the entrances to the area where we will be working.

All furniture, bins, mats, sanitary disposal units and consumables are to be removed. We then apply the appropriate cleaning solutions to the tile areas; this may include floors, walls, showers, toilets, basins, and urinals.

It is essential that correct dilution rates are followed, that all staff working on the job are wearing the appropriate PPE, and that MSDS are easily accessible. PPE is to include ear protection, glasses, gloves, suitable water proof boots and long sleeve shirts and pants.

When all tile and grout areas are covered we then agitate the solution with either brushes, the rotowash, or floor scrubbers.  The solution is then left to sit for a short time, after which all areas are high pressure cleaned.

To finish we squeegee, wet vacuum, and mop the floors dry. All surfaces, mirrors, walls, and partitions are dried and polished, and all furniture and equipment are returned.

Tile and Grout Cleaing using Clean and Capture

The Clean and Capture is very similar to the high pressure cleaning and requires the same pre start setup, dilution, PPE and safety procedures.

The big differences are that we need to use the Razor back extraction machine with hybrid dome and we can only use this machine on tiled floors.

The hybrid dome has two enclosed spinning high pressure cleaning jets that blast the tiles and grout.   Then, on the edge of the dome, wastewater is immediately extracted to leave no residue or excess water.

Both Techniques achieve similar on tiled floors in terms of cleanliness, the great advantage of using the hybrid though is that it can be used in dry areas such as kitchens, passages and tiles near carpet because it leaves the floor dry immediately after being cleaned.

An added bonus is that we have the ability here to recycle the water and reduce the environmental impact.