Although you can clean tile with a suitable tile cleaner and a mop or a sponge, unlike tile, grout is porous and will collect bacteria and eventually mold will grow.
Tiles are generally made from ceramic or porcelain and therefore have a hard, non-porous surface. Grout, on the other hand, gets made by mixing sand, cement, and water.
Grout is necessary to hold your tiles in place. However, it absorbs water and bacteria. Pressure washing or steam cleaning is periodically essential to ensure the grout is clean, safe, and free of bacteria that could cause respiratory ailments.
The average cost to clean grout and tile for a typical room is $450 for a professional cleaning. To deep-clean and add a sealant could cost as much as $1,000.
Some services will charge a flat rate per room while others may charge by the square foot. On average, cleaning is about $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot. Note that many services require a minimum fee of $100 to $150. Try our square footage calculator to estimate the size of your room.
The most significant expense of tile and grout cleaning is labor. You can expect to pay $50 – $100 per hour for labor if you’re paying by the hour.
The cost of deep cleaning tile and grout is often less expensive than brand new tile. Keep reading to learn more about what impacts the cost of tile and grout cleaning.
Traditional Cleaning Is Not Enough
Professionals recommend an annual thorough cleansing of tile and grout. When not cleaned regularly and adequately, microbes and mold can grow, and it could cost a lot more for mold cleanup than grout and tile cleaning. Traditional bathroom cleaning methods, such as scrubbing and mopping, will not sanitize the grout.
Although bleach is an effective sanitizer for many things, bleach can damage your grout and make it ineffective. It is much safer to buy cleaner made specifically for tile and grout for periodic cleaning.
Cost to DIY
Although you can rent or buy a machine and DIY, it might be more affordable to hire a professional. On the surface, it appears DIY would be cheaper, but going to get the machine and returning it, paying the rental fee, buying the cleansing chemicals, and your time (typically 8-12 hours) might be more expensive.
To DIY, it might cost as little as $100 for renting the machine and buying the supplies and materials.
Also, consider safety equipment when using cleaning equipment and chemicals. Make sure you have safety glasses and gloves on hand before starting this work. These typically cost about $20 if you don’t already have a set.
Methods of Cleaning
There are typically four methods used to clean tile and grout, pressure wash, steam cleaning, hand cleaning, or spot cleaning.
A high-pressure wash and rinse is an effective method of cleaning tile and grout.
The use of steam, high pressure, and vacuums is another effective method to clean tile and grout. Hot water, steam, and heat, in general, are known widely as an effective sanitization procedure.
Hand cleaning might be necessary for areas where the machine cannot reach. Despite it being time-consuming, it might be required and cost around $30 more per hour.
Small areas might require spot cleaning. Bringing in a pressure hose or steam cleaner might not be necessary for a small space, or mold-infested areas might need special consideration and spot cleaning.
Hiring a Professional to Clean & Sanitize
If you’re ready to hire a professional for the project, try our contractor locator service to get several free and effortless estimates. We suggest getting at least three estimates, as prices vary widely, particularly labor.
If you’re considering new tile, try our tile calculator.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.