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Thread: Cleaning tile floors

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    I have over 2200 sq ft of off white tile and very light gout. I had it sealed when it was put down and use a commercial cleaner yearly on the gout, then re-seal. I have a Hoover floor mate and like it, but I do get strikes once in awhile. I use the liquid cleaner that you purchases for the Hoover floor mate, then about every 3 months, I rinse with vinegar & water and a string mop. I also have the Shark steamer that I use on the smaller bathrooms, but I don't like it on larger areas. Seems it doesn't put enough steam out to get things really clean.
    I find getting down on my hands and knee cleaning grouts is still better than what I have to do to the wood floors.

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    I had the same problem until I read "The Lost Art of House Cleaning" by Jan M. Dougherty. She is a professional house cleaner and this is one of my favorite all-time books. This is her method which I use after having tried various expensive machines.

    1. Vacuum the edges where the floor meets the baseboard, then vacuum the rest of the floor.

    2. Spray Krud Kutter on the edge and corners. (Gallon size bottles sold at paint dept. in Home Depot, etc.) Wipe with a white terry cloth rag. Use a detail brush if wiping with the rag doesn't get it clean.

    3. Mop the rest of the floor by spraying with Krud Kutter and mopping with a white terry cloth rag on a Swiffer mop. You can buy white terry cloth rags in large packages at Sams, Target, etc. usually found in the auto dept. Use the rags with abandon and change them whenever they get dirty. Keep spraying and mopping until the rag comes up clean. You will need to use Krud Kutter full strength the first time you clean the floor, then you can use it diluted at a 5:1 ratio.

    4. After the floor is clean, finish by spraying the tile with vinegar, and mopping with a white terry cloth rag on a Swiffer.

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    We have the tile cleaner, but my husband vacuums and then steam cleans with the Shark. It works pretty well. We are considering a professional to a real heavy duty job. Our only concern is the tile area over the crack in the foundation. The tile is pushed up there - we had it repaired, but not evened out (money considerations). When the carpet cleaners came, we asked them about it (they also do tile) and they said the cleaning machines would pull out the grout, so we may just stick to our current methods, until we can retile.

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    We are getting new tile in our kitchen and have been told to use nothing on it but white vinegar and water.

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    I just heard from a friend the other day that Resolve carpet cleaner works well on grout. In the past, I've used a bleach pen from time to time but it is a pain to do. My DH mentioned that the carpet cleaners are now offering grout cleaning services...if we had more space to do, I'd probably go that route. For now, it's just in our bathrooms. Vinegar & baking soda paste is another way if you have a firm brush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dingle View Post
    I bought a house a few months ago that has quite a bit of tile in it. I use a stick vac to sweep it and then have mopped it. It doesn't seem very clean to me. If I wet a paper towel and wipe the floor you can see what was left behind. I have tried the Shark steam mop, but that didn't work very well either. I do live in the desert but it's not the dust that bothers me, it's the dirt. I was thinking about getting one of those Hoover hard floor cleaners. Does anyone have one, and what do you think? Those of you who have tile, how do you get it clean? This is the first time I have had tile so not sure what to do.

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    I have a Hoover hard floor cleaner and love it. My kitchen and entry are ceramic, but are textured like real stone, so could not find a mop that wouldn't shred. I use to use a broom and Mr. Clean to scrub the floor and then would suck up the left over water with my shop vac and then dry with towels. Needless to say, my back paid the price.

    The thing I love best about the Hoover, is that I can go over an area as many times as I want and squirt as much cleaning solution as I want, then the Hoover sucks up the dirty water. I am shocked every time I use it as to how much dirt is on the floor. Prior to buying the machine, I had started to notice a musty odor when I came into the house. After using the Hoover, that smell has gone away. I figure it was the nasty kitchen flloor. I knew I didn't scrub it as often as needed, because it was such a job. No big deal now. My friend had one for several years and kept telling me I needed to buy one, but I didn't want to spend the money. Now I could kick myself for waiting.
    Last edited by captlynhall; 02-24-2013 at 05:07 PM. Reason: Left out part of a sentence.
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    we had creame marbled ceramic tiles in our kitchens (we had 2) when we lived in the high desert of ca. just used hot water and vinegar. the other parts of the house where there was linoleum the same. when i was in a real hurry when company was coming at the last minute took a dry towel that fit my swifer mop and sprayed with windex for a quick fix. the gout was brown so the floor was real easy to take care of.

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    Dow bathroom cleaner(scrubbing bubbles) is what I use in all the homes I clean.This stuff is great on tile floors. I also use it at my home for the grout ,I scrub with a small brush and rinse well.Then use the shark steam mop.

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    Thanks for all the replies. Lots to try. I'm not really worried about the grout, it's the same color as the tile, brownish. It's the tile I can't seem to get clean enough. On my hands and knees is out of the question. (back surgery) Still kicking around getting the Hoover.

    Thanks again

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    When all else fails......If it's more than you can stand to look at you can always cut away the grout ( no you don't have to get all the way to the subfloor but you do have to remove all the grout from the top edges of the tile ) and regrout. I would suggest you do it a shade darker than what is already there. Its a lengthy job but well worth it to not have to look at someone else's dirt.

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    I do have one of the Hoover hard floor cleaners that I use on my ceramic tile floors. It works pretty good, but I carry a rag along with me and stop and spot clean some of the grout lines (those that aren't getting clean with the cleaner) as I go. It does a good job on the floor, just not all of the grout lines. They make a special cleaning solution for it, but I just use Mr. Clean or something like that. I also have one of those steam cleaners, but it just doesn't seem to get the grout lines very well.

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    I went through the Swifter, the steamer, the mop. Now back to the mop and Mr. Clean--reviews say this is the best of the cleaners out there. I have heard mention of Quick & Shine so if Mr. Clean doesn't work, will try that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonglow View Post
    Add 1/2 cup of brown vinegar + 1/2 cup of methylated spirits to warm water and mop with this. Works a treat.
    What do you refer to as brown vinegar?

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    I also use Shark Steam Mop. It works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmany View Post
    Can you tell us the name of the cleaner. Methylated spirit? Is that found in the cleaning department?
    I don't remember the name and at the moment I am out of it. I am sure it is in the isle with the pledge and swifters and other cleaners and if I remember it says right on it Tile Cleaner.

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    Well we use the steam cleaning process because in home to get our tile floor clean, because we get great results with that steam cleaning. But you need use that with right technique and also regularly.. we clean our house floor daily, i think this is also a reason of our cleaned floors.

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    I have a steam mop I use on the tile in the kitchen. It doesn't get the grout - I bought a brush with a long handle from QVC that is made to clean grout . It is great. The handle can be shortened and used for the tile around the shower. Don't see a name on the mop - but you might look on their website.
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    This will not be viable for some of you, but my partner and I have dedicated shoes that we wear only inside the house. In other words, we don't drag in the dirt and grime from the outside world. It's amazing how clean this will keep your floors. All our floors are tiled which we clean with a dry vacuum and a Shark steamer.

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