The Contract Cleaners Guide to Stone, Tile & Grout Care

Commercial contract cleaners need to ensure that no matter what facility whether it be hospitality, gym, office, or any small business, it is important to choose the most versatile but powerful commercial cleaning equipment and cleaning chemicals.

Tile, stone, and grout damage can be very costly to repair and replace and as a facility manager or business owner, it is important to ensure that your facility is well cared for and appealing in appearance for patrons. One of the best ways to ensure this is including commercial contract cleaning companies to do a thorough floor cleaning regularly.

Before you decide what tile, stone or grout cleaner and dilution rate you need, it is important that you consider the tile or stone type which will in turn reveal what chemical is compatible and how to properly care for your floors without damaging its integrity.

TYPE FINISHES APPLICATIONS ACIDS ALKALIS NOTES SEALING
GRANITE Polishes, Honed Exfoliated (flamed), sandblasted, sawn Internal and external flooring, benchtops, building facades, paving

Pre-test. Do not use on honed or polished

Granite is an igneous stone. Granite has low porosity. Absorption is 0.02-0.4% Responds best to solvent-borne sealers. Low solids sealer best for polished granite
MARBLE Polished, honed, sawn, Tumbled Internal flooring, benchtops, feature walls, building facades, washrooms Never use any acid on marble

Avoid heavy caustic detergents

Marble is a calcite metamorphic stone. Marble has a fair porosity. Absorption is 0.06- 1% Solvent or waterborne sealers. Low solids sealer best for polished marble
LIMESTONE Polished, honed, sawn, tumbled Internal flooring, feature walls, washrooms Never use acid on limestone

Avoid heavy caustic detergents

Limestone is a calcite sedimentary stone. Limestone has a high porosity. Absorption is 0.5-20% Solvent or waterborne sealers. Waterborne best for very porous limestone.
TRAVERTINE Polished, honed, filled and honed, sawn, tumbled Internal flooring, external flooring, pool surrounds, paving, feature walls, washroom Never use any acid on travertine

Avoid heavy caustic detergents

Travertine is a calcite sedimentary stone. Travertine has fair porosity. Absorption is 0.1-2.5% Solvent or waterborne sealers. Low solids sealer best for polished travertine
BLUESTONE Semi – polished, honed, sawn, exfoliated (flamed), Sandblasted External flooring, landscape wailing, construction, pool surrounds, paving, feature walls. Pre-test. Do not use on honed or polished Bluestone is an igneous stone. It is also called Basalt. Bluestone has fair porosity. Absorption is 1-2% Solvent or waterborne sealers. Waterborne best for very porous bluestone
SANDSTONE Honed, sawn, split-faced, sandblasted, the tool worked External flooring, landscape walling, construction, pool surrounds, paving, feature walls Pre-test. Rinse and neutralise Sandstone is a sedimentary stone. Sandstone has a high porosity. Absorption is 1-20% Solvent or waterborne sealers. Waterborne best for very porous sandstone
SLATE Honed, sawn, split-faced, tumbled External flooring, internal flooring, landscape walling, pool surrounds, paving, stack stone

Pre-test. Do not use on honed slate

Slate is a metamorphic stone. Slate has fair porosity. Absorption is 0.1-0.5% Solvent or waterborne sealers. Slate flooring often sealed with topical sealers.

Choose the Correct Stone + Tile Cleaner for Deep Cleaning:

Stone and tile are great options for a facilities floor, walls, facades, and countertops. Stone and tile have become increasingly popular options due to their years of functionality and easy maintenance floor cleaning.

When cleaning your tiles and stone floors, it is important to understand what floor cleaner is going to not only do the job but also not damage the integrity of your floors.

Floor Cleaning Chemicals For a Multi-Tasking Cleaner:

For a multi-task floor cleaner, you are looking for a product that is suitable and safe for a wide range of soils and surfaces and is easy to use.

Tile & Grout Cleaner Pro (Dilute 1:4 to 1:10)

  • Performance:
    • Employs innovative chemistry to tackle tough grime with low caustic
    • Excellent wetting power for cleaning floors such as smooth non-porous tiled flooring
    • Ultra-low foam cleaning for safe use in extraction equipment for floor cleaning
    • Provides a minimum residue clean for reduced soiling on flooring
  • Surface Compatibility:
    • Safe for use on all-natural stone, tiles, concrete, and unsealed vinyl floor surfaces
    • Not suitable for use on floor surfaces coated with a floor polish or wax
  • Safety:
    • Classified as an irritant.
    • Nonhazardous when diluted to 1:10
  • Facilities:
    • Commercial, Institutional and Domestic

Floor Cleaning Chemicals For Tough Soiling

For all compacted soils and soil build-ups and bakes on carbons on the flooring.

Tile & Grout Power (Dilute 1:10 to 1:100)

  • Performance:
    • Radical strength cleaning power for serious grime on floors
    • Outstanding penetration and wetting chemistry for ultimate floor cleaning
    • Excellent for baked-on carbons, compacted soiling, and heavy oils when cleaning floors
    • Ultra-concentrated, providing economical dilution ratios
  • Surface Compatibility:
    • Safe for use on tiles and concrete flooring
    • Use with caution on fine stone flooring when cleaning
    • Not suitable for use on floor surfaces coated with a floor polish or wax
  • Safety:
    • Classified as Corrosive Class 8. Use gloves and goggles.
  • Facilities:
    • Industrial, kitchen and food manufacture and commercial floor cleaning.

Floor Cleaning Chemicals For Discolouration:

For all mould and mildew and staining and sanitisation.

Chlorofoam (Dilute as is to 1:10)

  • Performance:
    • Quickly destroys, cleans, and removes mould, including the structure and spores on flooring
    • Removes black mould staining and restores stone floors to the original look
    • Provides excellent removal of organic floor staining such as leaf stains after cleaning
    • Innovative penetrating action makes it effective on porous floor surfaces.
  • Surface Compatibility
    • Safe for use on stone, tiles and concrete flooring
    • Will damage fabrics, fibres and polished floor surfaces
  • Safety:
    • Classified as an irritant. Use gloves and goggles.
  • Facilities:
    • Building cleaning, washrooms, landscape walling and monuments

Floor Cleaning Chemicals For Delicate Substrate:

For all polished and wooden flooring and near metals.

E-z Kleen X Concentrate (Dilute 1:50 to 1:150)

  • Performance:
    • Natural hard surface and floor cleaner
    • Bio cleaning concentrated floor cleaning product
    • Combines eco friendly active surfactants with natural powerful enzymes
    • pH neutral and safe on all floor surfaces
  • Surface Compatibility:
    • Safe for use on all stone, tiles, wood, painted, polymer-coated and pH-sensitive floor surfaces
    • Contains VOC free, carbon neutral, plant-derived solvent
  • Safety:
    • Wear protective gloves and eye protection.
  • Facilities:
    • Restaurants, roadhouses, ablution blocks, factories, municipal councils, and kitchens for all floor cleaning needs

Floor Cleaning Chemicals For Residues & Scale:

For all detergent residues, limescale and efflorescence.

Tile & Grout Restore, Grout Restore 60, Grout Restore 20 (Dilute 1:10 to 1:100)

  • Performance:
    • Outstanding penetration and wetting chemistry for ultimate floor cleaning
    • T&G Restore provides amazing cleaning with low hazard profile for floor surfaces
    • Tackles Limescale, soap scum, efflorescence & detergent residue on flooring
    • Ultra-concentrated, providing economical dilution ratios
  • Surface Compatibility:
    • Safe for use on ceramic and porcelain tiled flooring
    • Not suitable for marble and fine stone and acid-sensitive floor surfaces
  • Safety:
    • T&G Restore and Grout Restore 20 are classified as an irritant
    • Grout Restore 60 is classified as Corrosive Class 8. Use gloves and goggles.
  • Facilities:
    • Industrial, Commercial, Sport, Leisure and Domestic
TYPE FINISHES APPLICATIONS ACIDS ALKALIS NOTES SEALING
CERAMIC TILES Glazed a wide range of colours and patterns. Colour limited to the surface. Not rectified Mainly internal. Often in bathrooms and kitchens. Too slippery for external applications  

Not hydrochloric or fluorine acid

Absorption is nil They cannot be sealed.
VITRIFIED Glazed or unglazed. Anti-slip surfaces. Wide range of colours throughout the day Internal flooring & wall

External flooring & wall

Commercial and domestic areas

 

Not hydrochloric or fluorine acid

Absorption is very low No sealing is required
PORCELAIN Glazed, polished, unpolished, textured anti-slip surfaces Internal flooring & wall

External flooring & wall

Commercial and domestic areas

Not hydrochloric or fluorine acid

Avoid heavy caustic detergents Absorption is negligible unpolished porcelain and low on polished porcelain Only seal polished porcelain with purpose-built solvent sealer
TERRACOTTA Normally a dull non-smooth surface which is mostly also slightly undulating. Often has irregular edges. Internal flooring & wall

External flooring & wall

Often used for balconies and walkaways

 

Can be discoloured by acid. Pre-test.

Terracotta is a very porous tile Topical sealer + floor finish. Solvent or water-based impregnating sealer
TERRAZZO Semi-polished Commercial flooring. Change room partitioning

Do not use any acids

Terrazzo is a moderately porous tile Topical sealer + floor finish. Solvent or water-based impregnating sealer for vertical partitions
CLAY Semi-smooth External flooring, walkways, roads  

Can be discoloured by acid. Pre-test

 

Clay is a moderately porous substrate Solvent or water-borne sealer
CONCRETE Wood float, smooth steel float, honed and polished, textured External flooring, internal flooring, driveways, walkways, roads, and structure

Can be discoloured by acid. Pre-test

Concrete is a very porous substrate. Concrete is alkaline and reacts with acids. Only use acid is necessary Solvent or waterborne sealers. Concrete often sealed with topical sealers.

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