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    Cleaning tile floors

    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 live in the desert too. I clean my white floor tiles by vacuuming first with my shark vacuum, then I use a string mop that I rinse a lot. Since my tiles are white I use dawn dish detergent (just a little) and bleach in hot water. The grout does not get very clean, I've learned to live with it!
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    Bleach will break down grout over time. I have one if the old floor machines with the two rotating circle brushes that I use with a bit of soapy water if I want to do a real clean. I then wipe with a sponge mop. My DIL likes the steam floor cleaner for her tile floors.

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    I mop with Mr. Clean and water.

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    I mop with Mr Clean and water also. You can use strong cleaner and get down and scrubb it till you feel it is really clean, then get tile and grout sealer. This will make it much easier to keep clean.

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    Add 1/2 cup of brown vinegar + 1/2 cup of methylated spirits to warm water and mop with this. Works a treat.

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    Sounds like there is a build up of grime left behind by the former occupants. You may have to do a "deep clean" then just maintain with the stick vac and a mop. When doing a "deep clean" there's nothing like a bucket of hot water a good squirt of detergent and a splash of cloudy ammonia. Unfortunately this does entail a hands and knees, scrubbing brush approach coupled with vast and painful amounts of elbow grease. Cloudy ammonia is very fumey, so good ventilation is the key. If you are unable to do it yourself....hire someone. Detergents can leave residue....once you have deep cleaned a splash of methylated spirits in warm water should be enough to keep it sparkling.

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    I have tile on the floors around my pellet stove and the wood burner in the basement. They make a cleaner especially for tile foors. I think I bought it at wal-mart. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cresha Adams View Post
    I have tile on the floors around my pellet stove and the wood burner in the basement. They make a cleaner especially for tile foors. I think I bought it at wal-mart. Works great.
    Can you tell us the name of the cleaner. Methylated spirit? Is that found in the cleaning department?

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    Funny you should ask about the hard floor cleaners. I have tile in my kitchen with epoxy grout-never have to seal it. But the mop I have doesn't get in the grooves and I can tell that it's not as clean. I was wondering about the steam mops and such too. Looking forward to hearing some suggestions.
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    I hate tile floors mainly because of grout. My son in law discovered that using a carpet cleaner works to clean grout.
    Thats a machine carpet cleaner not the stuff in a bottle. The brush gets into the grout.
    I had a steam cleaner and it did not work, waste of money. Sealer for grout is useless also. Used it before and lots of work to apply but does nothing.

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    I have a Hoover floor cleaner. It works fairly well - the "suction" feature does not leave the floor dry but it dries quickly. However I've had problems with the filter causing the machine to stop working no matter how much I clean the filter. So I run it without the filter. It is only used to filter the dirty water - why?? Who knows. It works fine without the filter. I just wish the brushes were a little bit longer to get into the gout better. Maybe I need new brushes!!!

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    We were told to just use plain water and mop. Instead I use a Swiffer wet mop and have not had any problems.

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    I have a linoleum floor with a deeply embossed pattern that eventually filled up and turned dark brown. I use a gentle product called Quick n Brite. It comes as a solid in a tub. Just scoop some out, melt it in hot water and slop on the floor and let it sit for a few minutes. Then mop off with a sponge or string mop. It's amazing how the stuff just comes up. It even removed the metal stains from the chair leg protectors that scrape on the floor.

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    I have a Hover FloorMate and about 500 square feet of light beige tile with off white grout. I like the way the machine cleans the floors. The way I keep the grout clean is to use a little homemade liquid soap in the grout lines before cleaning, just squirt a little in the dirty looking places let sit for at least 5 minutes, then run the machine as usual. Done and back to quilting in less than 30 minutes.

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    I have a Hoover Floormate I bought at a thrift shop actually for $20!My initial thought was if it didnt work ,Id only be out the 20 bucks.WELL!!!!It worked SO GOOD that I also bought a brand new one for my daughter for mother's day from Taget and then had gotten my 70 year old mother one (because she was still mopping her floors "Cinderella" style);and they both LOVE thiers as well! Definitely worth the money for one.Hope this helps you out! Have a great day and good luck
    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 tile floors thru most of my house. I live in the country and have a large dog, enough said. The best product for cleaning the grout in tile floors is Kaboom. Spray it on and leave it for several minutes, brush and rinse. I do that several times a year. You will be surprised at the color change in your tile and grout. The rest of the time, I use the Swiffer mop, cleans well and dries quickly. Tried the steam mop, didn't work, left water on the floor. Kaboom is the best cleaner that I have found and I have tried a number of them. Smells decent, don't need to wear gloves, works quickly and does the best job.
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    Check Pinterest under tile cleaning. it will give you some great cleaning tips
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    I have old and very "used" limoleum in my kitchen..in a light tan..I have tried bleach, swiffer cleaner..and just about everything I could think of..then a friend said ammonia..the lemon sented kind..and I spray it on the floor, let it stand about five minutes and then mop...beautiful...the scratches of course are still there, but the grime and stains are gone..with the lemon scent it is very nice..give it a try..it worked on my tired floors.

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    I have a whole house full of tile, around 2500 sq ft. Keeping the floors de-sanded and de-haired is a chore in its self. With 2 dogs, 3 cats and one husband (who doesn't like to take shoes off) I am constantly having to try and keep floors clean. My kitchen floor was sealed after it was laid, and just like waxing vinyl floors the sealer sucks up the dirt specially the grout. Try getting that sealer off!! Easier said then done. I have also thought about the Hoover Floor Mate, but everytime I look at one I feel that the brushes aren't long or stiff enough to do a good job. I have used ammonia, 409, other so called good floor cleaners, and of course the wet swifter. I haven't tried the Kaboom, so maybe will give it a try. I don't think there is anything (besides mopping daily) that can get the floors as clean as I would like. So guess I live with them.

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    I have recently ran into this same problem....I have over 1000 sqft of tile in our home. My daughter bought me a steam mop for Christmas last year it only pushes the dirt around. I have tried just about everything. I tried my oover carpet cleaner but the brushes aren't stiff or long enough. The other day I had a thought of spraying Windex (Original) on the floor and using a long handle scrub brush....Amazing results after you let it sit a few minutes, use the scrub brush and rinse with really hot water with your good old mop and couldn't believe hour it cleaned the grooves and the grout....I will continue to use this method until I have it all looking the same...We had recently moved into our home and the tile is beautiful but needed to be deep cleaned....Smells good while doing it....

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    I have ceramic tile in a lot of rooms. The grout was the hardest part to get clean as it was lower then the tile squares. The grout always looked darker in spots. I had the tile guy come and regrout until the grout was just shy of being level with the tile. Now it's a lot easier to clean when mopping. It's been over 5 years and the grout looks fine. I had to do a lot of explaining to the guy what I wanted, he wanted paid so he did it. LOL
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    I run a mop over my tile floors with some kind of cleaner, then when it is dry, I use the Shark Steamer. After the third time I did this I am no longer looking at a dirty paper towel when I'm done. Takes that one extra step of mopping, but I don't really scrup with the mop. It just seems to loosen the grime.

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    I have been using the Shark steam mop on my porcelain tile kitchen floor since 2008 & love it. I think the trick is to vacumn 1st & to use multiple mop heads if necessary.

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    Use Krud Kutter full strength with white terry cloth rags on a Swiffer mop.

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