ABSOLUTELY Kleens Blog
Grout is a very porous material making it a time consuming and difficult task, especially if it is a DIY project. Being that it is porous makes it not only a great place for soils to accumulate but also mold, mildew, bacteria and odors.
Sealing your grout will protect it from these contaminants and help make the task of cleaning it easier not mention that it also helps from being stained by certain spills.
Should all grout be sealed? No. Only cement-based grout should be sealed. Synthetic grouts, such as Epoxy and Urethane don't need to be sealed neither does grout that has been recolored or color sealed.
How often should I have my Grout Sealed? Depends on the amount of traffic and the maintenance. Under high traffic conditions sealer should be reapplied yearly along with a professional cleaning. Under normal conditions, about every 3 years for the simple fact that these sealers break down over time.
Absolutely Kleen has chosen to use a solvent based impregnating sealer because of its ability to penetrate deep into the pores instead of a surface based sealer. Give us a call today for your tile and grout cleaning and sealing needs 251-626-6227 or visit our website
My name is Larry Henson and I will be the person who shows up to clean and seal your tile floors.
This homeowner had been using over-the-counter type products and steam mops to clean her tile floors only to face rapid resoiling. It was probably a combination of things that plagued her efforts but she decided to give us a call to handle this problem for her.
We vacuumed the floors to remove dry particle soil and dust from the surface, grout and crevices, followed by applying a cleaner (already pretested to ensure best results) to liquify to soils, power scrubbed the tile and grout to work the cleaner into all of the nooks and crannies for the best possible outcome and then rinsed with high pressure and heat from our truck-mounted unit to flush and remove all of the soil. We then force dried all of the areas and applied a sealer to the grout.
Give Absolutely Kleen a call for a free estimate 251-626-6227 or text us 251-610-7843.
My name is Larry Henson and I"m the owner/operator of Absolutely Kleen. Rest assured I will be the person who shows up to the job and on time. Give me a call and I will personally clean your tile and grout.
Absolutely Kleen of Daphne, Alabama provides you with the best commercial carpet cleaning services along the Eastern Shore. We offer both, the Hot Water Extraction method and the VLM ( Very Low Moisture ) cleaning method leaving your carpets Clean and Dry as quick as possible. Give us a call today for a free, no obligation survey on your commercial carpeting. 251-626-6227
This carpet cleaning job was for a regular client who purchased this building for rental property and wanted to try and salvage the carpeting before replacing. This would probably be considered a restoration cleaning due to degree of soiling but I think that we help save him a lot of money.
Carpet cleaning in the sanctuary and choir room at Eastern Shore Baptist Church.
The carpet had general soiling from traffic with drink spills, coffee stains and wax spots scattered throughout. We chose to use the Very Low Moisture (or VLM for short) cleaning process on this job.
What is VLM? This cleaning process uses very small amounts of water as compared to steam cleaning and dries in about 1 hour. This means that the carpeting can be put back into use faster. There is no intrusion or trip hazards with hoses everywhere and doors can be locked for security purposes. The cleaning solution is safe for people, pets, plants and the environment. The machine is called an orbital, because, not only does it spin but also oscillates as well, cleaning all sides of the fiber, deep down to the backing. No worries with wick back issues. Cleans Deep and Dries Fast.
Give Absolutely Kleen a call for a free estimate on your commercial carpet cleaning.
This is a tile and grout cleaning job we did for a customer in Fairhope. They bought the house for the purpose of turning it into a rental property. The previous owners lived there for over 17 years and I don't think the tile and grout had ever been cleaned.
Some of the equipment we used on this tile and grout cleaning job ranging from hand held grout scrubbing tools to mechanical scrubbing machines and high pressure cleaning equipment designed specifically for tile and grout cleaning.
The first thing that we do is to use a backpack vacuum to remove all loose soil, dust and foreign debris.
Next a hot, high alkaline solution is applied to surfaces to be cleaned and allowed to dwell. After dwell time, we use a mechanical scrubber to clean the surface of the tile and the grout with a splash guard to keep cleaning solution off of the walls and baseboards.
Here are a few before and after photos of the tile cleaning job.
In the picture below the tile stops at the mosaic strip, linoleum is past that which they are replacing with new tile.
My name is Larry Henson and I'm the Owner/Operator of Absolutely Kleen.
Give me a call and I will personally clean your tile & grout.
On this particular job a young man purchasing his first home called us to clean the carpets before he moved in. Upon arrival I went in to survey the areas to be cleaned and talked with the customer about any concerned areas that he might have. He showed me around and expressed that the carpets were probably too far gone, but would feel better having them cleaned until he could afford to put in wood floors. Here are some before and pictures of the worst rooms in the house.
Our process begins with a thorough vacuuming to remove all dry particle soils. This is one of the most important and overlooked steps in the carpet cleaning process. Most cleaning companies ask you to do this before they arrive. We take pride in our vacuuming and wouldn't ever ask you to do what you are paying us to do for you....CLEAN...That is what you called us for, isn't it ?
After a thorough vacuuming we then apply a safe cleaning solution to emulsify and suspend oily soils and allow proper dwell time for the chemicals to work. We pre-spray all of the carpeting to be cleaned and don't charge extra....AGAIN....it's part of the cleaning process. We do charge extra for specialized spotting on things such as Red Stain Removal, excessive ink stains and excessive pet stains but that choice is left up to you.
After allowing proper dwell time, we then use a counter rotating brush to evenly distribute and agitate the cleaning solution into all sides of the fibers ensuring a thorough cleaning job. We don't charge extra to scrub your carpeting....AGAIN...it's part of the cleaning process.
Now all of the hard prep work is over and it's down to flushing all of the suspended matter from the carpeting with our powerful truck-mounted steam cleaning system.
My name is Larry Henson and I'm the Owner/Operator of Absolutely Kleen.
Give me a call and I will personally clean your carpets.
On this particular job in Fairhope, AL., while vacuuming the carpets, before cleaning, I kept noticing a lot of dark stains. Asked the homeowner if she knew what they were and she replied, My dog chewed up several ink pens. These stains were throughout the bedroom, living room and even on the sofa.
Here are a few photos of before and after cleaning and a short video of me pre-treating the spots before cleaning in the bedroom.
If you have this misfortune PLEASE call us before you attempt to clean it yourself. When trying to spot clean this yourself probably one of two things are going to happen:
1) You will cause the ink to spread from a little spot to a HUGE one
2) You will permanently set the stain with little to no hope of removal
My name is Larry Henson and I'm the Owner/Operator of Absolutely Kleen in Daphne, AL. . Give me a call and I will personally remove your ink stains.
The difference between a spot and a stain. A spot add substance to carpet, such as a food spill or mud tracked in. A stain is something that either adds color or hue to the fiber or takes the color away. Kool-Aid would be considered a color added stain and bleach spilled on carpeting would remove the therefore it's called a bleach stain.
In the end I was able to remove all of the ink stains, even the one on the sofa.
Here are some pictures (in no particular order) before, during and after of a tile and grout cleaning job in Spanish Fort, Alabama. This particular job wasn't that soiled but the new owners wanted everything cleaned before moving in. Due to sheer size of this home and cleaning on multiple floors this job took a little longer than most.
When cleaning tile & grout we first vacuum the floor with a backpack vacuum with a soft tool attached to make sure not to scratch the tile. Next a hot solution is then applied to surface making sure to penetrate all nooks and crannies and allowed to dwell. Then we use a weighted scrubber with a tile and grout brush attachment to scrub and loosen soils. Along edges and in tight spots we will hand scrub those areas. After a good scrubbing the tile is then ready to be flushed with high pressure to remove all of the suspended soils with our high powered truck-mount and specialized attachments.
Hello, my name is Larry Henson and I'm the Owner/Operator of Absolutely Kleen.
Rest assured that I will be the person who shows up and I will be on time.
Are you in need of Tile and Grout Cleaning along the Eastern Shore area ? Give me a call for a Free Estimate. 251-626-6227
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This particular job was for a Real Estate Company and the tile was in pretty bad shape. First off we vacuumed the floors to remove dust and grit. Second step we applied a high ph cleaner boosted with powdered peroxide to emulsify and suspend the soils and allow dwell time. Third step was to scrub the tile and grout with a weighted machine with a brush attached to it designed for tile and grout. We then hand scrubbed in areas next to the wall and around the toilet. Grout being so porous all of these previous steps are necessary to insure a good cleaning job. Fourth step was to flush and remove suspended matter with high pressure and a spinner tool and cut in all of the edges and hard to reach areas with a hand tool. A high volume blower was then installed to force the area dry.
Are you ready to have your Tile and Grout cleaned? Give Absolutely Kleen a call!
Roughly about 79% of soils found in carpeting are insoluble (meaning it won't be dissolved with chemicals) and should be removed by vacuuming . Dry particle does the most damage to fibers by nicking and abrading them which causes light to reflect off of them in different directions and makes your traffic areas appear dull and dingy . Example: take a small clear piece of plastic and rub it back and forth on concrete, no matter how much you clean it, it will always appear dull and dingy.
Routine vacuuming of your carpeting several times a week is the best preventative maintenance to help your carpets stay cleaner and maintain its appearance over its lifetime. Concentrate on entryways into a room especially off of a hard surfaced floor or in front of an outside door that immediately places foot traffic onto carpeting. Vacuum these areas with slow passes in both directions up to about 6 feet.
Does your carpet cleaner vacuum before they start the cleaning process? If not they should because it is one of the most important steps of the cleaning process and you are paying to have your carpets cleaned.
Call Absolutely Kleen today for the most thorough carpet cleaning in the Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort area.