Post by amandadotson on Feb 27, 2009 14:23:35 GMT -5
I clean all types of flooring, as far as ceramic goes first rule is test the chemical that you are about to use in a corner or where it wont be seen if it doesn't agree with your flooring. I use a degreaser on most ceramic tile floors although if it is stained grout you will need to use a mild acid but like I said test it. Some acids come with brighteners now and make a light colored grout easy to clean dont use the acid on dark colored grout stay with degreaser. final rinse with a nuetralizer if u use acid. grout brushes are easy to get now so get one and make a pattern out of the floor so you dont miss sections its a real pain to finish the floor and find out you missed a bunch of small spots. I also use a scrubber machine side to side old one works wonders but I know some people prefer a deck brush. anyway hope that helps ill be glad to answer a more direct question if you have one.
I would suggest that you use chemicals designed for cleaning ceramic tile and grout. Not that it is the law , but it doesn't cost much more than degreasers. It has labels which explain how to use it on ceramic tile and grout. So why take any chances with bleach or other cleaners when you can easily get the specialty cleaners you need that have been tested for the job required.
If you do not have access to the more expensive equipment then I would use a conventional side to side 175 rpm machine to scrub the tile with. Only I would not use a pad. Instead I would use a shampoo brush block. The bristles will go into the pits/pores better and also help with the grout lines. It is also less abrasive to the tile. I spray my solution on with a garden sprayer. I use the hand grout brushes on the grout lines. Have someone vacuuming up the loosened debri before it dries back down. Flood the floor with rinse water that has a little neutral cleaner in it to help break down the water retention. Repeat procedure if needed.. Again start with the alkaline cleaner and use acid on if need be. The acid actually removes a very thin layer from the grout. Ceramic tile is very durable. It should not be sensitive to acid. You can test by simply putting a drop of acid on the tile. If it doesn't bubble up any than you should be OK to use it.
Another point to make here is that if you are using a chemical designed to work on a certain item/material than you have a better chance of that company backing its product if there is a problem. Like in the other post about using furniture polish that probably has nothing on the lable saying it is to be used on leather. Make sure the products you use specify what you are using them on if at all possible, even if it cost a couple more bucks.
Last Edit: Feb 27, 2009 19:09:28 GMT -5 by logan5127
Ceramic tile is a popular flooring choice because if its beauty, durability and easy maintenance. There are numerous ways to keep your tile clean, however, many cleaning products are loaded with harsh toxic chemicals.