Building Service Management Writes Great Article on SaniGLAZE.
[ClickPress, Sun Aug 26 2012] Due to the fact that a tile and grout floor is naturally porous, they are considered the biggest source of complaints for contractors of buildings with food service areas and restrooms. The problems arise immediately after installation by absorbing things like urine in restrooms and dirty mop water in both restrooms and food service areas. This often results in a dingy appearance as well as odors. For many years, all other types of floors have had very effective maintenance systems but until recently, there was nothing available to keep a tile and grout floor with the ae1/4oejust installedae1/4A[yen] appearance.
Traditionally, tile and grout flooring was sealed immediately after installation but the problem with this is that most of the time they were not sealed properly, which only offered protection for the short term. There are many coatings and sealers on the market specifically for tile and grout flooring most of which only offer a small degree of protection and then mainly the tile was protected leaving the grout still able to absorb contaminants. In the past, tile and grout floors were cleaned with acid washes and then resealed but even this method can not return a contaminated, porous surface to its ae1/4oejust installedae1/4A[yen] appearance.
Other problems that occur with the traditional sealers is that they break down and wear out over time, which leaves the surface appearing splotchy because the unsealed areas start to absorb contaminants. Because of the fact that neither the building owner nor the contractor rarely monitor the floors condition, contamination usually sets in before it can be resealed. So, even though it is understood that sealing a new floor and having a regular maintenance program of stripping and resealing can be effective, what happens to a tile and grout floor that is contaminated and was never sealed.
The usual techniques of deep cleaning include steam cleaning, tile and grout cleaners, pressure washing and acid washing but these techniques seldom bring the floor back to the ae1/4oebrand newae1/4A[yen] look. Another method that some contractors are using is staining and painting the grout to give it that ae1/4oebrand newae1/4A[yen] look but whereas this ae1/4oelooksae1/4A[yen] great, the grout is still porous and will continue to absorb contaminants. The Vice President of SaniGLAZE International, LLC , Joel Mitchell says that his company has the perfect way to return the worst looking tile and grout floors to their ae1/4oebrand newae1/4A[yen] look whether they are sealed or unsealed and for the long term.
This method is called ae1/4oerestorative bondingae1/4A[yen] and is done by chemically extracting any contaminants out of the tile and grout while ae1/4oeetchingae1/4A[yen] the grout to produce a ae1/4oemicro anchoring mechanismae1/4A[yen], which will allow a bonding of the non-porous grout replacement ae1/4oeGlazing compoundae1/4A[yen] to the old grout. This ae1/4oerestorative bondingae1/4A[yen] method is considered the first long term maintenance method for tile and grout floors. Once your tile and grout floor is restored with this new method, the surface is then maintainable over the long term and ensures a continued ae1/4oelike newae1/4A[yen] appearance.
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