Tile & Grout Cleaning Costs
Whether for the flooring of the kitchen, the walls of the bathroom or even some countertops, tile can be a sleek surface that looks great and is incredibly versatile. There are many different types of tiles on the market, and they can vary substantially in terms of price and required maintenance. Ceramic and porcelain tiles, for example, are generally affordable as well as easy to clean. Natural stone tiles, while certainly beautiful, can be more expensive and harder to keep clean. This guide helps homeowners better understand the average costs associated with professional tile and grout cleaning services.
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Steam Cleaning Tile Floors
Generally speaking, most homeowners clean their own tile floors on a regular basis. Whether with a vacuum, a mop or any other cleaning equipment, the process should be relatively simple and quick if done frequently. However, even regular cleaning may result in some buildup that is difficult to remove by hand. Porous surfaces, particularly those in natural stone like granite and marble, may begin discoloring due to dirt, grime or grease over time. The best way to reveal the sparkling surface of the tiles below is to hire a professional cleaner to steam the floors. By using a large steam cleaning machine and a special mix of chemicals, professional cleaners will be able to restore the luster of tiles and help them look nearly as good as new. Homeowners should expect to pay between $410 and $580 for this service, but the exact amount will depend on the size of the area being cleaned as well as the condition of the tile floors.
Hand Cleaning Tiles
While floors might be the most common place to use tiles in the home, there are also plenty of additional spots they might be found. Large steam cleaning machines might not be able to clean the floors of a shower, the walls of the bathroom or the countertops in the kitchen. In these cases, homeowners who want professional cleaning for their tiles and grout may be better off hiring a cleaner who will do the work by hand. This is a lot more labor intensive, but the results can be equally attractive. On average, homeowners should expect to pay between $30 and $50 per hour for professional cleaning services.
Getting Grout Lines Cleaned
Many homeowners find it a breeze to keep their tiles clean, but the grout is another story altogether. The visible grout lines made from water, sand and cement hold the tiles in place but can be very porous. This allows grout to absorb grease and dirt faster than tiles, and it may discolor alarmingly quickly. If mold or bacteria is present, there can also be unpleasant odors in the grout lines. If homeowners struggle to clean the grout lines between tiles on their own, the best course of action may be to hire a professional. Grout cleaning can cost anywhere from $80 to $250, and it depends on the severity of the discoloration.
For cases where the grout simply can't be cleaned, it may need to be restored entirely. Many companies offer services that remove the surface of the grout and reinstall new grout in its place. While this can be expensive, it is still more affordable than replacing the tiles altogether. Expect to pay upwards of $300 for grout restoration in a single room.
Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
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