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post #1 of Old 03-29-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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What do you recommend on tile floors?

I am looking for the best multi-purpose solution to use on tile floors. I am finding it hard to tell if the tile grout is sealed or not and most the time our clients don't know. Most tile cleaners the grout must be sealed in order to use it otherwise it may stain the grout. What do you guys use or recommend? Any help would be appreciated!
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think this is right....

put a drop of water in the grout line and see if it absorbs in. If it does the grout ain't sealed enough and shuld be done again.
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Thanks I will try that!
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I second the water drop trick. Before I started steam cleaning tile and grout, I used to use washing soda and oxygen bleach on tile. It works great as long as you don't make it too strong. If you put too much powder in the water, it will leave a visible residue. It doesn't take much. I always used very, very, hot water, which I think did as much as the detergents themselves. I think most tile is not sealed, because installers never seal it, as far as I am aware. It's something tile cleaning specialists and home owners do later on. I'm guessing more people than not have never had their grout professionally cleaned, so it's not sealed either.

I suggest getting on a builders/contractors forum and asking their advice.

I know I probably beat this piece of advice to death, but seriously nothing works like a good steam machine on tile. It's a pain to lug it around from job to job, but it's so effective that it's worth it to me.

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Why don't you try a steam tile floor cleaner (mop)? They don't leave the grout.

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Most of the homes I clean here in Florida have tile floors. The product that works best for me is made by Lysol. Their All Purpose cleaner works like a dream for me. It cleans, it whitens, and it smells nice as well. It is totally safe as far as I know and it kills some bacteria and viruses just like bleach, without being toxic.
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Cleaning tiles floors

Donít wait until your tile floors get really dirty, as you may want to avoid using strong chemicals that will degrade your tiles in the long run. Plus, who wants to spend hours kneeling on the floor just to scrub away stubborn stains? To prevent these problems, you should learn how to clean tile floors on a frequent basis. Cleaning tile floors routinely or even daily may sound tiresome. But, itís not as hard as you think. You just need to follow these simple steps.

1. Sweep your tile floors daily with a fluffy dust mop or vacuum to remove loose dust and dirt. Remember, you should never use a straw broom to replace either the dust mop or vacuum because that will scratch your tiles.

2. Believe it or not, mopping the floor with warm water once a week will help your tiles stay nice and shiny. If you are looking to hire a cleaning pro to take care of your tile floors, you can see how much it will cost in your area through our house cleaning cost guide.

3. Dry the floor right after damp mopping to avoid new dirt from quickly setting in wet areas and becoming hard-to-remove grimes.

4. Wipe up spills, including water, immediately by using absorbent cloths. However, for those dirtier spills like pet accidents or dropped raw meat, you have to clean them with a cleanser or disinfectant. Since strong chemicals may dull your tiles, try to only spray the area where spills occurred.

5. Put a doormat both outside and inside your home to eliminate tracking mud or water on your tile floors. This step is especially important during rain and snow seasons.
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