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Introduction: Do you really want a crew showing up to run loud equipment and hoses pumping chemicals into your home through open doors moving furniture so they can get a circulating brush on your floor? Seems like a real inconvenient mess. How do they get behind the toilet? You may want to consider a chemical-free alternative to restore your tile and grout to new. It's amazing! My equipment produces 300-degree dry-vapor steam. Extraordinary equipment and ordinary tap water is the "World's Best Cleaning Solution". I amaze my customers with a patented, EPA-certified and scientifically proven TANCS process. No other company offers this quiet, efficient and safe service locally. I clean, sanitize and disinfect your floor using about a gallon of water. Share the confidence of my customers who've trusted me since 2001. My honest work at a fair price has built my reputation for excellence. Read my service reviews. "Seeing is Believing." View my YouTube videos. Let's coordinate availability. Some days, same-day service. My expertise is uniquely related to restoration, refinishing and repairs of tile. No carpet or textiles. I will exceed your expectations. The best, H. J. "Rique" Whelen AAA Tile & Grout Steam Cleaning MY BUSINESS: I'm a self-employed tile and hard surface floor cleaning and repair specialist. My water-only, dry-vapor steam tile and grout restoration, mold remediation and repair work has delighted my clients since 2001. I've developed my business using the best equipment and processes to provide an uniquely original service only available locally from Rique. That's me! I promise you'll get honest work at a fair price. Allow me the opportunity to earn your trust. I will exceed your expectations. I want your floor to look new. I invite you watch my short videos. Otherwise, I'm condensing this diatribe as time permits. MY CLIENTS: My reputation and referrals are the essential heart of my enterprise. I'm employed by my customers. Occasionally, people review my service. It's unexpected and gratifying to have people compliment my efforts. I'd be comfortable asking personal references and my online reviews are perfect. I'm extremely proud of my record and seek always to improve. MY PROCESS: Dry-vapor, super-heated steam equipment generates low pressure steam in excess 300-degrees. Imagine dropping water into a pan of 300-degree oil. That's the premise of emulsification of accumulated filth and grime when dry vapor blasts recessed grout lines. Light agitation with a stiff nozzle brush dissolves grease, oil and dirt is suspended in condensation on the tile surface that I simply absorb with a cotton towel. The results are amazing! Mine is the only EPA certified, scientifically proven, single-process sanitation, disinfection and cleaning method using water only available locally. Wow!. MY DEMO: My methods, equipment and experience are logical and efficient. "Seeing is Believing!" My demonstration is informative, entertaining, free and amazing. A roll-off suitcase contains the essential tools. Once plugged into the an outlet the "Red Wow Machine" begins to percolate. Within minutes, the boiler delivers 300-degree steam emulsifying years of accumulated filth. Grout and tile are exposed to the natural beauty intended when newly installed within moments. The rewarding results make cleaning grout fascinating, and practically fun. Certainly gratifying. Pricing is fair and work quality exceeds industry standards. Always. I don't believe any other company offers similar services locally. It would be awesome to create a truly "green alliance" within the industry. MY EQUIPMENT: I learned of Advanced Vapor Technologies in early 2000. This EPA Certified chemical-free cleaning and sanitation method uses ordinary tap water super-heated to dry-vapor steam. Just think: A scientifically proven process to clean and disinfect while restoring your flooring to the natural beauty intended when newly installed! I deploy the highest performance commercial 2400 series MondoVaps and VaporJets possible using North American 110 Volt current. All my devices are configured with Thermal Accelerated NanoCrystal Sanitation (TANCS). TANCS SCIENCE: Advanced Vapor Technologies developed the MondoVap and Vapor Jet 2400 series to clean, deodorize, sanitize and disinfect in one process using Thermal Accelerated Nanocrystal Sanitation (TANCS) superheated, 333-degree tap water producing dry vapor steam restoring hard surfaces to new condition. The process is a scientifically proven, EPA certified disinfection method that kills virtually all organic matter within five to seven seconds. The tests prove disinfection is exponentially superior to any chemical treatment which must achieve dwell times measured in minutes. Even so, chemicals leave billions of live colonies and enough dead organic material to nourish organic matter to reform. Fact is disinfection doesn't clean and this biofilm allows for regrowth which means chemical disinfection must be periodically repeated in accordance with labeling instructions of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Again, chemicals must remain as a "wet solution" for minimally eight minutes. The patented TANCS high temperature, low pressure sanitation and cleaning system effectively destroys all baterial, viral, MY INDUSTRY: I specialize in ONLY hard surface flooring restoration and repairs. My equipment is portable, simple, quiet and safe yielding near perfect results. Steam is the smart and efficient answer for grout restoration. Often my clients need minor repairs where tile and grout need replacement due to foundation settling, on stem walls or many other circumstances. My experience, talent and equipment can do your projects in a clean, timely and efficient manner. Carpet companies claim to clean tile and every conceivable floor, vent, drapery, upholstery, etc. usually with some "truck mount" system with loud generators, large scrubbers, extraction devices; essentially hoses and crews running through open doors pumping chemicals with much intrusion, noise and furniture removal needs. Messy and complicated Incredible high temperature, water-only sanitation method deep cleans grout, baseboards, corners, cracks and all details. Works easily in near impossible small areas like bathrooms, showers, pantries, under appliances, kick plates, around and behind toilets. I care deeply about details, but the equipment is essential element of success. Think chemical-free super-heated water, quiet, efficient, portable, sanitary and safe cleaning with astounding results. I challenge the industry to show me better quality. EPA certified. Area size, flooring type and condition influence my work rate and pricing. Call anytime to discuss your project. I treat my clients as I would like to be treated. Same day assessment and service is available. Rental, delivery and necessary accessory costs (brushes, towels, and insight) may be available for $120 per day. Very rewarding DIY project. I also restore, finish, and seal all varieties or wood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, travertine, Saltillo, Terra Cotta, slate, marble, granite, glass and most natural stone, Furthermore, I've understanding of metal refinishing. I'm an artist in a trade I love. Relevant discounts are applied onsite. Seeing is believing! Schedule a free demo and get a quote today. H J "Rique" Whelen Jr AAA Tile & Grout Steam Cleaning FourEightZeroEightOhSevenFifteeenZeroTwo "World's Best Cleaning Solution" MORE INFO: Best Disinfection Process for Allergen and Chemical Sensitivity. My TANCS® equipped Steam Vapor System destroys Bacteria, Viruses, MRSA, VRE and C. diff spore within seconds of contact using a 100-percent environmentally safe method. Chemical-free sanitation® so portable, quiet, safe and easy using about a quart of water per hour and dry in minutes. This is the only sensible home cleaning for those with allergies, chemical sensitivity/intolerance, or person/pet incontinence. I clean without disruptive slick floors, furniture moving, hazardous equipment and chemicals. No need for loud generators, trucks, hoses and workers swarming your personal sanctuary. The results are amazing. Clients love having details of their home cleaned, sanitized and nearly perfect without harmful chemicals and contamination. I get job satisfaction completing work efficiently and honestly. My client expectations are exceeded, and by every measurement, I strive to earn every perfect rating of those who support and sustain my enterprise. Thank you!

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Serves Mesa, AZ

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

45 reviews


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Michael R.

Tile and Grout Cleaning

Rique made my tile floors look new again! I liked his demeanor and will highly recommend him to my friends in need of tile cleaning.
Mar 3, 2021
Drake W.

Tile and Grout Cleaning

Rique did an excellent job on my travertine floors. He did a very thorough job and you can tell he takes pride in his work. He was very easy to work with and professional. Would recommend to others.
Jan 8, 2021
Valerie C.

Tile and Grout Cleaning

My floors look new...done fast and great quality. Highly recommend and worth it!! My grout was black before this cleaning was done.
Aug 15, 2020
Maria L.

Tile and Grout Cleaning

While we had a bit of a hiccup with the tile cleaning, I do want to say I’m very happy with the end result. My mother was as well and the house smelled and looked great. It’s hard to find professionals who stand by their work as much as Rique did- and for that you get the 5 star rating you earned. Thank you for your professionalism and willingness to work with me.
Dec 7, 2020
Ken B.

Tile and Grout Cleaning

Rique was very responsive, even on a Sunday, and provided the services for the advertised price. Our grout is cleaner than the day we bought the house, and we are thrilled with the appearance. Thanks!
Jul 21, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Common hard flooring projects include glazed tile eg. ceramic, porcelain; natural stone eg. travertine, slate, granite, marble; hewn/fired eg. brick, flagstone; baked clay eg. Saltillo, Terra Cotta; hardwood, engineered laminate flooring eg. Pergo, Clik-Loc; vinyl, linoleum, vinyl composite tile, luxury composite tile, epoxy, resin, stained/finished concrete. Pricing is determined based on my anticipated work rate factoring the area, size, grout, condition and type of flooring. Natural clay, travertine and stone must be evaluated for overall condition. Stripping, sealing and polishing will affect process, as well. Most common areas of client concern are with porous, recessed grout lines; improper sealing and finishing of tile and flooring; and chemical contamination. Carpet cleaning companies lack the industry expertise and equipment to effectively and economically remedy these problems. The primary focus of such companies should be textile eg. related to carpet, upholstery and draperies. Discounts may apply onsite. Evaluations, demonstrations and quotes are always free with no obligation Baseboard detail, appliance kick-out and threshold details may be at additional cost.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I enjoy meeting with my clients at project site. My equipment is packaged in a hard-cover roll-off suitcase and is ready to demonstrate within minutes. "Seeing is believing!" The results are amazing and those who see my process instantly understand in detail and depth. I do what is agreed, and don't upsell unnecessarily. Treating clients as I would like to be treated is simply good business.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I'm the commercial account representative of Advanced Vapor Technologies for Arizona. So, I sell, train and service the equipment I've been using in my business since 2001. I've spent much of my career as a corporate marketing analyst and technical writer. I know a great thing when discovered. Thermal Accelerated NanoCrystal Sanitation® (TANCS®) creates a non-binding, subatomic crystal accelerated at lethal thermal limits to degrade the membrane of any cellular structure. This is the "World's Best Cleaning Solution®" and uses ordinary tap water.

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