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How to Deep Clean Your Tile Floor

Deep cleaning tile floor

Tile floors may be dirt-resistant and seem impervious to deterioration, but they do require deep cleaning by scrubbing, over and above the regular sweeping and vacuuming, to keep them pristine and stain-free.

Tools Required

Tile Floor Cleaning Process

The method to deep clean tile floors with a view to remove stains and clean grout is as follows:

  • Clean the floor: Steam clean the tiles using a floor scrubber with either a nylon or brass brush, depending on the durability of the tile. Connect the steam hose, nozzle and extension tubes as per instructions, fill the reservoir with water, and turn it on. The dual counter rotating brushes facilitate variable cleaning pressure. Cover the floor section by section. Steam cleaning may not be sufficient to eradicate stains or remove grout, the two major pains of tile floors, especially where there is a lot of traffic on the floor.
  • Remove stains: The manual method of removing stains is to prepare a 50:50 mixture of scouring powder and warm water, rubbing the paste atop the stain, scrubbing it in after five to ten minutes, and then washing it away with warm water. Here, simply run the scrubber over the solution rather than manually wash it away.
  • Oxygen bleach treatment: To remove tougher stains repeat the process, but with a 75:25 mixture of oxygen bleach and water, instead of scouring powder and water. Hydrogen peroxide and soda ash comprise oxygen bleach. The oxygen ions in the bleach attach to stain molecules and break them down into small pieces, making it easy to wipe clean.
  • Chlorine bleach treatment: For even tougher stains, replace oxygen bleach with chlorine bleach.
  • Clean the grout: Use a walk-behind grout hog to clean grout. The rotating brush of the grout hog cleans the dirt from the grout lines and also performs an additional level of cleaning on the tile surface.

Tile floor scrubbing machines and grout hog make cleaning tiled floors very easy and effortless. The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains.

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is the current Marketing Coordinator at Runyon Companies. She graduated from Butler University in the spring with a double major in International Business and Marketing, a minor in Spanish, departmental honors distinction and cum laude. She specializes in all things internet marketing, with an emphasis on content creation, website maintenance, blogging, social media, lead tracking and marketing strategy.

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7 Easy Steps for Cleaning Your Floors with an Auto Scrubber

floor cleaningAn auto floor scrubber is one of the quickest and most efficient tools for cleaning a hard floor surface. It takes much less effort than going over the floor with a mop and bucket. Instead of moving the dirt around like a mop, an auto floor scrubber cleans and lifts the dirt off the floor, leaving the floor cleaner. The best way to get your floor cleaner faster is to use an auto floor scrubber. A 20” auto floor scrubber can clean up to 23,000 square feet per hour.

Floor Scrubber Preparation

  • Fully charge the floor scrubber – Most auto floor scrubbers will run between 2 ½ to 4 hours on a full charge. While that may sound like a short time, if you prepare the area to be cleaned, you should be able to clean between 50,000 to 70,000 sq. ft. with a single charge. It may take 6 to 8 hours to fully charge again for the next usage.
  • Connect all hoses – Also make sure that all of the hoses are connected to the device, as is the squeegee.
  • Check for leaks/damages – Get any leaks/damages repaired before you use your floor scrubber.
  • Follow instructions – Every floor scrubber model comes with a set of instructions on the right amount of chemical to be used. A neutral cleaning solution should be used on finished (waxed) floors and marble floors. A heavy-duty de-greaser can be used in industrial plants and warehouses with concrete floors.
  • Fill the tank – Fill in the solution tank with some clean water.
  • Using pad/brush – Choose the correct pad or brush that will suit your floor and mount this on the bottom portion of the deck. You would want to use a less aggressive pad, such as a white or red pad on high gloss floors, which would include finished (waxed) floors and marble floors. An aggressive pad such as a brown or black would be used on concrete floors. By rule of thumb, pads are for smooth surfaces and brushes for rougher, uneven floors with grout lines to clean.

The Process to Operate a Auto Floor Scrubber

  1. Prep your work area: Put up the caution board applicable to alert those around. Take away any obstructions such as furniture that can come in the way of a thorough job.
  2. Dust the area: Dust mop the area to get rid of any debris. If anything does remain on the floor you run a chance of ruining your machine. Trash can get trapped under the squeegee and leave water streaks.
  3. Start cleaning from the outer radius: Begin using the machine close to the wall, or the outer boundary of the space you are cleaning. Each pass you make should be a sweeping turn with a wide radius. This allows the squeegee to pull up all the solution that was laid out.
  4. Clean the room in halves: Work the room by dividing it in half, instead of going straight from one boundary to the other. Working in divisions allows you to make optimum use of your time.
  5. Repeat the process for grubby floors: If at this point you feel the floors could do with another round of scrubbing, especially since some floors can be extremely grubby, and then follow the same process by dividing the floor into portions, from one boundary to the next.
  6. Use a mop for inaccessible spots: If there are spots that you cannot reach, then you will have to get to it with a mop and a bucket.
  7. Arrange the room once dry: Make sure that the floor is dry before you get to remove the “wet floor” signs all over. Once done, gradually move back all the objects that you moved out of the way.

Once you are done with the process you need to take the auto scrubber to a floor drain or slop sink. In most cases a floor auto scrubber will have a dump hose that you can empty out. This is especially important if you have just recovered caustic or stripping agents. While the drain hose is open and draining, take a water hose and hose out the inside of the recovery tank until clean water is coming out the drain hose. Commercial auto floor scrubbers and the supplies that go with them can be found here.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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Does Your Garage have a Pressure Washer Surface Cleaner?

Pressure WasherMost homeowners see the pressure washer as industrial or painting equipment — ideal for servicing vehicles or for a thorough cleaning before a paint job. However, a pressure washer is a handy tool for the home as well, and you might need one in your garage.

Why would this be the case? Pressure washers perform a variety of tasks – cleaning driveways, walkways, garages, gutters, and dog kennels, to name a few. You can also use them to clean garden equipment, outdoor furniture, lawn movers – practically anything that is covered in heavy dirt and grime. Using an ordinary garden hose can be ineffective, and will certainly involve additional cleaning and scrubbing. Using a pressure cleaner not only saves you from back-breaking scrubbing and cleaning to remove the grime, but also gets the work done in half the time.

Working with a pressure washer surface cleaner is extremely easy. Start a good distance away from the spot you want cleaned and work your way closer. In addition, if you would like to increase your cleaning power, consider using a rotary nozzle. A rotary nozzle can assist in tougher jobs such as wrought iron furniture.

Whether you are using it for an everyday task like cleaning out the dog kennel, or for a bigger job, like prepping the surface of your home for new paint, a pressure washer can be an invaluable tool to have around your home. Pressure washers can help you save water, money and time by cutting jobs in half and making cleaning into a simple, quick task.

About the Author

Jack Runyon is the president of Runyon Equipment Rental. He has 21 years of rental experience, as the 3rd generation son to carry on the family tradition and his grandfather’s vision. He prides the company for its devotion to ethics, quality products and customer service. Jack is known for his passion and vast expertise.

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