Hard surface flooring is popular in homes today, in large part because they are easier to keep clean than rugs and carpets, but how true is that, really? No amount of mopping can get the grime out of your grout, and you’ll never believe how truly filthy it can be. We recently tested and cleaned the grout in an ordinary household kitchen. The results were shocking!
Carpet Tech uses ATP Testing to measure the microbes on seemingly clean surfaces that we cannot see with the naked eye. We swab a surface and then, using an ATP tester, measure the amount of microbes in relative light units (RLU). The greater the microbes, the higher the RLU.
Pictured above, Carpet Tech measured the dirt, grime and bacteria in a typical household kitchen grout. The floor looked clean, and had even been mopped recently, but the ATP test revealed an astounding measurement of 2,676 RLU! To put this number in perspective, a thoroughly cleaned and disinfected surface should measure between between 30-60 RLU.
Carpet Tech uses a multi step hot water extradition process that actually heats water to 220 degrees, which we can prove disinfects, killing microbes that settle and stay in your flooring.
Spray a neutral cleaner to pre-treat the tile floor and allow 5-10 minutes for the cleaning solution to seep into the grout and pores
Using a grout brush, we hand scrub the surface to remove soil and stains without damaging the floor.
We clean the entire floor using hot water extraction with our turbo cleaner powered by truck mounted steam cleaning equipment.
We then re-swabbed the now disinfected grout to test the effectiveness of our hot water extraction process. Remember, the initial ATP test showed our grout to be infested with living microbes, scoring an extraordinary high RLU of 2,627…
With just one application, Carpet Tech’s hot water extraction process reduced dirt, germs, and grime dramatically. With one more pass of the turbo, we reduced the RLU to acceptable limits. See the live demonstration video here.