Is steam cleaning safe for tile floors?

Tile & Grout Cleaning Services

Steam Master Carpet & Cleaning, Inc. was recently asked a question that we wanted to share with you today, “Is steam cleaning safe for tile floors?” With many homes and businesses using tile on their floors we wanted to share our answer with everyone. Yes, steam cleaning is safe for tile and grout floors and we are going to explain why it is beneficial. But first, we are going to explain how a steam cleaner works.

How a Steam Cleaner Works

A steam cleaner heats up water to very high temperatures within an onboard boiler unit and forces that water out under pressure. The tiny heated molecules of vapor penetrate the porous surface of the tile and force out dirt, grease, and other stain-causing substances.

The high heat from the steam has an added benefit of killing all kinds of nasty things such as germs and bacteria.

Steam Cleaning Provides a Healthier Clean

Grout can house things such as germs and bacteria that are not readily visible to the naked eye.  Killing these allergens are beneficial to any indoor environment and will boost the health of all that breath in the air daily. Germs and bacteria growth can cause unpleasant odors which can be embarrassing. Not forgetting that they will also cause discoloration in your tile and grout with time.

Below are examples of allergens and pollutants steam cleaning can eliminate:

  • Bacteria
  • Mold
  • Germs
  • Dust Mites
  • Viruses
  • Micro-Organisms
  • And More!

It isn’t a pleasant thought to consider what may be living and thriving on our surfaces such as tile and grout. However, they can gather there and in turn create other issues with our health.

The high heat from a steam cleaner can effectively clean while adding the benefit of killing what may be hiding.

Steam Cleaning Tile & Grout is Economical & Environmentally Safe

Although you can add light detergents to a steam cleaner you don’t have to. In fact, just the high heat and steam clean effectively.

As studies have shown us many products on the market now have harsh chemicals that can have adverse effects on our health and the environment. Some chemicals can damage the surface of your tile and grout causing it to erode.

Harsh chemicals such as acids can push dirt particles deeper into the porous surface tile and grout. Combing the chemicals and dirt will cause the materials within tile and grout to breakdown sooner than they should. Effectively resulting in having to replace tile earlier than anticipated.

Not to mention the costs of expensive cleaners and detergents. And those cleaners and detergents often arrive in non-biodegradable containers that eventually end up in landfills.

With steam cleaning, you can proudly toss chemicals away and have peace of mind!

Can all Tile be Steam Cleaned?

Steam Master Upstate recommends steam cleaning only on properly sealed tile. If you are unsure about the sealing on your tile, we can assist in making sure it is properly sealed.

Steam Master offers a deep penetrating tile sealer that protects your tile and grout from stains and allows for easy cleaning between scheduled steam sessions.

Having your tile sealed is very important for food service areas. Food service areas are the most prone to having bacteria and mold growth. This is due to the abundance of moisture and particles of various foods falling on the floor.

When in doubt we suggest you call a professional.

Steam Master Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Inc. are experts in tile and grout cleaning. We serve both residential and commercial clients throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. All our staff is professional and IICRC Certified. You have nothing to lose because we can give you a free quote over the phone so contact us today for all your deep cleaning needs!