Tile and Grout Cleaning Cost

In this guide

Frequency
Types of cleaning
Problems
Tile material
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to clean tile and grout?

Cleaning the tile and grout in your home is important for keeping it sanitary and visually appealing. Problems like efflorescence, staining, odors, degradation and mold can result from having dirty tile and grout, or cleaning it incorrectly. If molds and bacteria form in your grout, it can cause health problems such as respiratory and inflammatory illnesses. By hiring a professional tile and grout cleaning service, you can make sure that correct cleaning procedures are used and keep your tile and grout clean for a longer time.

Many factors can affect the cost of tile and grout cleaning, such as material, cleaning method, damage levels, and need of restorative treatments. In this cost guide, we examine the average costs associated with hiring professionals to clean your tile and grout, which averages $465.

Tile vs. grout

Before you make arrangements to have your tile and grout 1 cleaned, it’s important to know which is which. They both are made from different types of materials, and thus means that they sometimes require different cleaning methods:

  • Tile: Tiles are solid surface pieces, typically square. Non-porous tiles like glazed ceramic or porcelain can easily be cleaned by mopping or scrubbing with a sponge. Tiles made out of porous materials like stone may need more intensive cleaning methods, such as steam cleaning.
  • Grout 1: Grout 1 is the mortar 2 that you’ll find between the tiles. It’s very porous because it is made out of water, sand 3, and cement. That’s why it tends to absorb a large amount of dirt. Steam cleaning and pressure washing are often the methods used by professionals to effectively clean grout 1. Traditional methods like mopping or scrubbing only push dirt deeper in.

Frequency

Tiles and grout 1 should be professionally cleaned at least once per year. You might need to have them cleaned every 6 months if your tile is exposed to the outdoors, pets, or a lot of foot traffic.

Types of cleaning

  • Steam cleaning and pressure washing: Professional tile and grout 1 cleaning services should include steam cleaning and high pressure rinsing. By using heat, vacuuming, and high pressures, this standard method proves highly effective at restoring the cleanliness of tile and grout 1. Almost all standard package prices are set for steam and pressure cleaning services.
  • Hand cleaning: Hand cleaning is time consuming. This method is only suitable for small areas that can’t be accessed by large steam or pressure washing equipment. Hand cleaning can add extra labor costs ($30-$50 per hour), depending on how extensive the soiling and how much tile and grout 1 needs to be cleaned.
  • Spot cleaning: If only small areas are in need of cleaning, your project should take much less time and effort than a full-room cleaning project. Spot cleaning is also useful for areas that are more heavily soiled than the rest of your dirty tiles and grout 1. Spot cleaning can be done using the steam and pressure cleaning equipment, or by hand. The professional you hire will determine which method is most suitable for the spot that needs cleaning.

Problems

There are different ways in which your tile and grout 1 can be dirty, and different problems that can arise from this dirtiness. We’ve gone through some of the most common problems and their solutions below:

Staining

Surprisingly, stains in tile and grout 1 often come from improper cleaning methods. DIY cleaning by hand can remove surface dirt, but it actually only pushes the rest deeper into the material. Over time, the amount of dirt pushed in can cause permanent stains. The only way to fix this is by replacement, restoration, or recoloring, all covered below. Staining problems can occur anywhere that you hand-clean often.

Mold

Harmful mold can develop when moisture is trapped inside the pores of tile and grout 1. Mold most often arises in rooms where there is a lot of humidity, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. Mold might be a symptom of a leak in your shower or sink. You may need to hire a plumber to fix the root problem before your tile and grout 1 is cleaned ($45-$65 per hour).

Odor

Porous tiles and grout 1 can absorb bacteria, which breeds foul odors. The only way to remove odors from tile and grout 1 is to disinfect it. Professional cleaning is necessary for the disinfecting solution to fully penetrate the materials.

Efflorescence

If your tile and grout 1 has a chalky film over its surface, it’s a case of efflorescence. This is the crystallization of minerals in moisture that is within or below the grout 1. It can be caused by using too much water in the initial mixing of the grout 1, installing grout 1 too quickly after tiles were set, leaving water to absorb into the the material, or many other circumstances. Professional and DIY cleaning services can remove efflorescence. Avoid using too much water during cleaning to prevent it from coming back. Sometimes a leak in the plumbing beneath is to blame, in which case, you’ll need to have it repaired to stop the return.

Tile material

Cleaning companies generally don’t charge different prices for different tile materials. However, the type of tile you have can affect price through its soil absorption: very porous materials like granite and stone are especially prone to absorbing moisture, dirt, and bacteria. Therefore, they can get much dirtier than standard tile types (glazed ceramic/porcelain, metal) and require extra labor and chemical treatments to clean. Expect to pay at least $100 extra for very dirty tiles in an average room.

Labor

Labor costs are typically included in the total package price you’ll pay. Professional tile and grout 1 cleaning services may charge you a flat fee, per hour, or per sq. ft.. Some companies may require a $100+ minimum charge.

  • Flat fee: Typical flat fees for average cleaning jobs run $300-$440. The cost for rooms over 300 sq. ft. and/or those with both floor and wall tiles can be as high as $900.
  • Per hour: Tile and grout 1 cleaners generally charge $30-$50 per hour. Average cleaning jobs usually take 30 to 90 minutes. Expect longer times for large rooms (over 300 sq. ft.) with a lot of tiles.
  • Per sq.ft.: Standard tile and grout 1 cleaning services cost $0.55-$1.50 per sq. ft.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Grime cleaning

Tile and grout 1 with a severe level of grime buildup may require extra labor and cleaning solutions to clean. You will need to ask your cleaning company representative to look at your surfaces before cleaning and give you a quote for extra grime removal. Expect to pay at least $100 extra for very dirty tiles in an average room.

Grout 1 restoration

Restorative cleaning can cost 15%-20% more than standard services. Prices are typically $0.65-$1.75 per sq. ft., or $300+ per room. Custom tile projects can start as high as $450. It usually involves additional equipment, cleaning solutions, and treatments. This type of cleaning is intended to restore tile and grout 1 to a near-new state. Some heavily soiled or damaged tiles and grout 1 may be in too poor of condition for restorative cleaning to be fully effective.

Additional considerations and costs

DIY

Store-bought tile and grout 1 cleaners can be bought for $7-$15. Some products contain sealant chemicals in their formulas to prevent future discoloration. Make sure any soaps or cleaners you use won’t leave soap scum behind. Beware of using bleach: bleach is a harsh chemical that can damage your tile and grout 1. It also doesn’t kill mold spores (it merely whitens them).

Using a toothbrush on grout 1 is common. Larger scrubbing brushes can be used on tile as well. Keep in mind that DIY grout 1 cleaning is time consuming and physically demanding. If you want to DIY steam cleaning or pressure washing, it can speed up the process and make it more effective. Handheld steam cleaners cost $35-$100+ to purchase, and $30 per day to rent. Handheld pressure washers can be bought for $75-$200, while rentals cost $35 per day.

Sealing

Always seal newly installed tile and grout 1. Professionally applied sealers can provide up to 10 years of protection from discoloration and contaminant build-up. The usual cost is an additional $0.55-$1.50 per sq. ft. or $215-$450 per room. Average grout 1 sealing jobs usually take 2 to 3 hours (for rooms up to 300 sq. ft.). It’s advised that you wait 24 hours after cleaning before you have sealant applied. You should avoid contact with the tiles immediately after, and don’t clean the tiles and grout 1 yourself until another 24 hours have passed.

Keeping clean

Don’t touch your newly cleaned tiles for at least 30 minutes. Keeping your tiles clean after professional cleaning service requires just a few routine steps: Always vacuum or sweep before mopping to remove extra dirt and debris, always rinse after you mop, and avoid using bleach.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Grout: A fluid form of cement used to seal the joints between tiles. It also makes the surface stronger because it bonds the tiles together
2 Mortar: A mixture of Portland cement or lime or a combination of both, sand, and water used to bind bricks, stones, and concrete masonry units together
3 Sand: Process of removing the top surface of a material, such as wood, using sandpaper and/or a specialized sanding machine (for large surface areas)

Cost to clean tile and grout varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Allentown, PA
+11%
Ambler, PA
+44%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Denver, CO
+1%
Folsom, CA
+6%
Fort Mill, SC
-13%
Hollywood, FL
0%
Lake Worth, FL
-2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
New Boston, MI
+22%
Novato, CA
+25%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Sammamish, WA
-16%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
Sandy, UT
-6%
Santa Ana, CA
+20%
South Bend, IN
-9%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Union City, NJ
+23%
Victorville, CA
-1%
Vista, CA
+8%

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