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Tiles and the grout between them can accumulate mold, mildew and other grime over time, dulling the tiles’ appearance and discoloring the grout. A professional cleaning is the best route to making it look like new. Professionals base their fees on a number of factors. A typical service should include use of a cleaning solution, a high-pressure rinse and application of a sealant to ensure that it stays clean for a long time.

Some pros specialize just in tile and grout cleaning and other floor restoration services. Others are carpet cleaners who also offer tile and grout services. As always, check reviews to see who does the best job.

Square footage

The cost for tile and grout cleaning is typically based on square footage. For example, American Tile & Grout Cleaning of West Palm Beach, Florida, charges 75 cents per square foot. Additional variables may affect the costs, though. For example, while The Groutsmith of Sarasota, Florida, also charges for tile and grout cleaning—as well as sealing—based on square footage, the price varies depending on the size and type of tile.

Per hour or flat rate

Some cleaners charge per hour for their services, while others charge a flat rate for a standard job. Be sure to cost out each method to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

Furniture

Some cleaners charge extra to move furniture out of the way, while others include this service in the price. Heavy furniture and appliances especially might incur an additional charge, and the cleaner may not want to move delicate pieces such as china closets and pianos at all for liability reasons.

Hand and spot cleaning

Areas that can’t be reached by a machine may require hand cleaning, which could result in a separate charge of about $30–$50 per hour for labor. The same goes for spot cleaning, whether by hand or machine.

Length of time since last cleaning

Some professionals may charge more for floors that haven’t been cleaned in a long time because dirt becomes more difficult to remove over time.

Sealant

Sealant is a liquid coat applied to porous tile or grout to protect it from stains and day-to-day wear. Sealant application generally costs extra and should be around the same price per square foot as the cleaning.

Warranty and guarantee

Be sure to ask if the provider warranties or guarantees the work. Also ask for an in-person demo or consultation if possible before hiring anyone to do the entire job.

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