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Our Best Tips For Keeping Your Grout Looking Its BEST!

Half the battle of keeping your tile looking is best is regular maintenance.  In this month’s blog post we will explore what you can do to combat tired looking grout.

Did you know, that if not maintained regularly and properly, your ceramic tile grout can develop mold and mildew.  Many of the most common areas where this can occur include:

  • Kitchen floors
  • Back splashes
  • Bathrooms, especially around toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs
  • Entryways – look for sliding glass door leaks
  • Basically anywhere that harbors excess moisture

Grout is very porous and can easily trap soil, stains, mold and mildew.  Here are some mixtures and solutions you can use to help prevent mold and mildew growth and keep your tile and grout its cleanest.

  • Treat tiled areas with a homemade cleaning paste
  • Combine baking soda and water until it forms a paste
  • Spread onto the grout
  • Allow the mixture to set for several minutes
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with towels

Clean mold and mildew growth with this solution made from household cleaners:

  • You will need a spray bottle
  • Fill half the bottle with hydrogen peroxide
  • Fill the remaining half with water
  • Spray solution onto the stained grout
  • Let solution set for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with water and then dry
  • For stubborn stains, consider adding baking soda to the mixture
  • Once the bubbling reaction stops, apply the solution to the grout
  • Scrub with a brush, rinse clean and dry

If these solutions cannot banish the mold and mildew, it’s time to call a professional!  Complete Care Systems Tile Cleaning and Grout Cleaning process uses a specialized cleaning solution, and vacuum power to remove the dirt that homeowners can’t. We complete the job with a high-pressure rinse.

After cleaning your tile and grout, our professional technicians will apply a penetrating sealer to protect grout against mildew and staining for up to two years.

We can also change the color of your grout. With no mess and no dust we can change the look of your tile floor by changing the color of your grout. Call us for a free estimate.

Curious about how we can help you have the best looking hardwood floors?  Give us a call and we will give you a FREE quote.  Call us today:  727-364-5158 or learn more on our website: http://www.CompleteCareSystems.com

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Myths and Facts About Grout & Grout Sealers

15781215_1326633247389119_2974952971560849804_nLet’s make 2017 the year you have the best looking tile and grout ever!  No more dull, dingy, ho hum tile and grout.  Lets go for for sparkle!

Let’s play a little “Truth or Myth”:  Test yourself to see if you measure up when it comes to tile and grout sparkle.

Truth or Myth

Once you apply grout sealer to your tile, you no longer need to worry about your grout becoming stained or spotted ever again.

Myth!  Although grout sealer creates a protective barrier against water and dirt it still requires regular cleaning.  Regular cleaning will extend the life of your grout.

Truth or Myth

It is recommended to get your grout steam cleaned and re-sealed at least once a year.

True! Depending on the wear and tear your grout is exposed to, it is recommended that your grout is steam cleaned once a year and resealed to keep tile looking its best.

ccs-wednesday-9-14-16Truth or Myth

Sealing grout helps to protect flooring from water based and oil based stains.

True! But in order for sealant to do its job, you have to do yours too!  Clean spills and mop floors and tiles on a regular basis to keep them looking their best. 

Truth or Myth

Do not use ammonia or vinegar as cleaning agents for your tile and grout.

True! These are acidic in nature and can break down the sealant can discolor the grout.

Truth or Myth

Grout sealers act as a “stain proofing” solution to spills.

Myth!  Grout sealants are designed to create a stain resistant barrier to help protect against stains.  When a spill occurs, react fast and clean it up before the spill can settle or be absorbed into porous surfaces.

Truth or Myth

Grout sealant is a great alternative to mopping floors because it protects the grout from stains. 

Myth! In order for your tile and grout to continue looking its best, it is important to regularly clean your flooring and shower tile.  The best way to clean your tile floor is to vacuum up any surface dirt.  Wash the floors with a mild detergent mixture and a soft rag or chamois.  Try tile floors with a clean, soft towel to prevent falls and streaking.

Do you have questions about grout sealing and how it can extend the life of your tile?  Contact us today for a FREE estimate: Call us today:  727-364-5158


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The Holidays Are Coming!!!

The Holidays Are Coming!  The Holidays Are Coming! 

Are Your Floors Holiday Ready?

We are on countdown to Thanksgiving and then the festivities that follow leading up to New Year’s Eve!  Are your floors Holiday ready?  We can help you get everything in order!

A Carpet Of Your Dreams!

ccs-wednesday-10-19-2016-canvaSave time this busy holiday season with our Encapsulation (low moisture) cleaning process.  Did you know that this type of cleaning service allows your carpets to be cleaned with a minimal dry time?  It’s true!  After your carpets are cleaned using this system, they will be dry within 1 to 3 hours.  This process is 2 to 3 times faster than steam cleaning.

Benefits of this type of carpet cleaning includes:

  • Stain and spot removal
  • Reducing the chance of stains
  • Helps to repel dirt and staining

Tile and Grout

Every homeowner (and business owner) knows that regular mopping, home tile cleaners and home grout cleaning methods just don’t do the trick, especially when stubborn dirt has settled!  Complete Care Systems has just the fix!  We use a specialized cleaning solutions and vacuum power to remove the dirt that homeowners are unable to.  We complete the job with a high pressured rinse to give extra sparkle.  After cleaning, we use a penetrating sealer to protect grout against mildew and staining for up to 2 years!

Upholstery Cleaning

CCS Wednesday 4 20 16 CanvaKeep your favorite sofas and chairs clean and help them last longer with upholstery cleaning through Complete Care Systems!  With over 15 years of experience, we clean all types of furniture from microfiber to leather.  Our unique low moisture upholstery cleaning system will remove stains, odors and deep soil. 

With the holidays just around the corner and company coming, it’s time to banish stains, remove odor and get your carpeting, upholstery, tile and grout looking its best.

Contact us now before our holiday cleaning schedule is booked.  Book Now By Calling: 727-364-5158

Here’s what our customers have to say…

Joe cleaned my old tile and brought back the color of the grout.  He was amazing!  My floor looked as good as the day it was installed!  ~ P. Liston, Trinity, 

When Joe arrived, he confirmed the quote we received without adding any “hidden fees” then began working promptly.  The newly cleaned carpet color was so fresh and so much brighter.  N. Ridge, Clearwater

Excellent!  I couldn’t have been more impressed with the quality of service and exceptional value.  Joe was timely, professional, and very honest.  ~ L. Matheson, Trinity


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The Ultimate Guide To Beautiful Tile

The Ultimate Guide To Beautiful Tile

CCS Wednesday 4 20 16 CanvaTiled floors in Florida are very popular and with good reason!  They can withstand the wear an tear of the Florida lifestyle.  It’s durability can hold up against the kids tracking in water from the pool or sand from the beach.  One of the BIGGEST benefits of tile is that it is easy to clean!

This month’s blog post is your ultimate guide to beautiful tile!  If you take care of your tile and grout, it will last you for years to come!

Surface Dirt:

To get the best results when cleaning tile and grout, focus on vacuuming up the surface dirt.  The more dust and dirt you can get with the vacuum, the better your results will be.  Don’t forget about the corners and hard to reach places of the rooms you are cleaning.  Make good use of your vacuum’s crevice tools.  Plan on vacuuming your tile once a week for the cleanest tile results.

Glazed Tile:

This type of tile is finished with a layer of liquid glass, filling in the porous surface.  This layer of liquid glass adds a layer of shine that helps tile become resistant to staining.  The best way to clean this tile is to use a household multi-purpose cleaner.

CCS Wednesday 3 23 16 CANVAUnglazed Tile:

Go for cleaning solutions that have a neutral pH level which will help remove grease, oils and other common household spills safely.

Glass Tile: 

To safely clean this type of tile, use a cleaner that would be used to clean windows or glass top tables.

Tips For The Best Results

  • If you elect to use a scouring agent, spot test it first and read the instructions to ensure it is suitable for tile.
  • Consider sealing grout after tile has been installed or after a professional cleaning
  • After cleaning tile using cleaning agents, rinse the area with water to remove cleaning solution residue.
  • Invest in floor mats to protect high traffic areas (entrances, garage entry, etc.) or to place under heavy furniture.
  • Stay away from cleaners that include acid or bleach
  • Avoid using steel wool or scouring pads with metal as they may scratch or damage your tile.
  • Unglazed tile should not be cleaned with solutions that are colored.  Unglazed tile is porous and not stain resistant like glaze tile may be.

When you need a deeper clean, contact us!  We can brighten tile and grout, making your love your tile again!


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Tile, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Tip Sheet

Tile, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Tip Sheet

CCS 3 16 16 CanvaSometimes we need a little extra elbow grease and tricks up our sleeves to help keep our homes sparkling clean.  This month, we scoured our cleaning database to bring you our very best stain busting, dirt blasting tips.

Tile:

  • Remove scuff stains with pencil erasers.
  • Vinegar and a soft cloth can help to buff out water stains.
  • Banish dull tile by cleaning it with this solution:  1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of ammonia and 1/4 cup of borax with 1 gallon of warm water.  Rinse well and let air dry.
  • Disinfect with a hydrogen peroxide solution.  Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and half water, plus a few drops of dish soap.  Spray solution onto grout.  Let it stand for about 15 minutes and then wipe clean.  This is a great solution to use on a regular basis to combat mold in your shower.
  • Brighten grout with a baking soda paste.  Mix water and baking soda until it creates a toothpaste like consistency.  Spread on grout and let it stand for 5 to 15 minutes.  Scrub with an old toothbrush and rinse well.

Wednesday 3 9 16 CCS CanvaCarpet:

  • Freshen carpets when you vacuum.  Sprinkle carpets with baking soda.  Let it sit for 15 minutes to trap odors.  Vacuum as usual.
  • Always blot stains, never rub.  Rubbing damages fibers and makes the stain worse
  • Try removing stains by blotting with club soda.  Apply club soda to a white cloth and blot up the stain.
  • Vacuum carpets once a week to prolong the life of your carpet.  Failure to do so may result in build up of soils causing fibers to be cut and damaged.
  • Vacuum slowly to get the majority of the dirt out of your carpeting as possible.

Upholstery:

  • Remove dirt before it becomes part of your favorite couch!
  • Use the upholstery attachments that comes with your vacuum to suck up dirt.
  • Work from left to right using short, overlapping strokes.
  • Used a can of compressed air to air blast dust and dirt from nooks and crannies.
  • Have your upholstery professional cleaned a minimum of one per year using a low-moisture technique for best results.


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Don’t Overlook Grout!

Don’t Overlook Grout!

CCS Wednesday 11 4 15 CanvaIn Florida, we LOVE our tiled floors.  Our tiled floors help keep our homes cool during the extreme heat of the summer.  Not only do they keep our home cool, but our tiled floors are highly durable and very easy to clean.  As much as we love our tile, there is one portion of our tile floors that we easily overlook.  It is the grout the accompanies our tile.

What exactly is grout?

Grout is the filler line of a cement like substance that sits between the tiles.  Have you ever wondered why we need to use grout on our tiled floors, showers and backsplashes?  There are a number of reasons why it is important to include grout in your tiled flooring including:

Hiding Imperfection:

Yes, it is true, not all tiles are cut equally nor to perfection!  That means, if you attempted to lay tile without grout, every crooked line and imperfection in your tile will shine through!  Imagine looking at those imperfections on a grand scale…how would they look in a kitchen or in an open concept home?

Dirt, Grime, Stains, Crumbs and Mold Growth:

We just learned that tile isn’t cut perfectly which means if you were to place tile side by side without grout there could potentially be little spaces and gaps.  These tiny gaps are a great place for liquid to seep into.  Imagine how dirty your tile would look if every spill on the kitchen floor left a little residue behind!  Not only that, what if water sunk in between tile and started growing mold.  The health of your family could be at risk!

CCS 12 3 15 Thursday CANVADamage Control:

Grout leaves space between tile, reducing pressure and rubbing that could occur due to home settling if there is no grout in place. This pressure could eventually lead to damaged, cracked and chipped tiles.

Did you know there are different types of grout?

There are two types of grout material on the market today.  One is a cement based product and the other is crafted out of epoxy.

What’s the difference? 

Cement Grout:

Simply explained, cement grout is colored cement which is a great option for decorating as you can match it to the color palette of the room you are tiling. It comes in two forms, sanded or not sanded.  The finish selected is usually dependent on the width of the space between the tile.  A general rule of thumb is; grout joints smaller than 1/8” should use the non-sanded version while anything over 1/8” should use sanded.

If you have cement grout in your home or you are about to lay new grout, it is important for you to consider sealing it with a penetrating or impregnating sealer.  Applying a grout sealer can help preserve the color and condition of your cement grout.  Cement grout is very porous and can stain and discolor if not protected correctly.

Epoxy Grouts:

Epoxy grouts are a type of synthetic thermosetting polymers or resins.  These grouts do not require a sealer because they are crafted to be stain resistant.

complet care logo FINALMost of our homes are equipped with cement, porous grout.  Sometimes this type of grout can become dull, stained and the color may fade away, ruining the overall decor of a room.  Complete Care Systems can recolor your grout and bring new life into any room with tile.  Contact us today for information and a free quote.  We will work with you to make your home shine!

Call us for a FREE estimate today (727) 364-5158.
Visit Us Online: www.CompleteCareSystems.com