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Old 03-02-2013, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I've always damp mopped my tile floors, but recently a tile installer was doing some work in our house, and he said tile floors should always be cleaned dry (i.e. dry mop or dry Swiffer). He said when water hits the grout, any dirt immediately turns to mud, soaks into the grout, and will never come clean. I asked him, "Doesn't grout sealer prevent that?" You would have thought I had horns growing out of my head! He said, "NEVER use grout sealer, that will ruin the look of your floors."

But dry mopping doesn't begin to get rid of the doggie paw prints, sticky spots, etc on our floors!
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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My Hoover FloorMate sucks the dirty water right up and squeegies the floor dry. I love that machine!
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:38 AM
 
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i have porcelain tiles on the whole first floor of my house. i mop it with water/pinesol. it dries pretty quickly. i have had ceramic tile before, i did the same thing. the grout does not turn to mud-at all.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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I would find another tile installer.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My Hoover FloorMate sucks the dirty water right up and squeegies the floor dry. I love that machine!
I was wondering if there was something like a carpet shampooer device, but for hard surfaces. Is it fairly easy to empty and clean afterward? My carpet shampooer is a bit time-consuming to prepare for use and to finish up afterward.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Very easy to empty and clean.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I use a Eureka Enviro-cleaner. It's basically a steam mop that uses heat to kill germs instead of chemicals. I can do the floor really fast with it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Steam mop is the way to go....
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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Moreover, do not use cleaners that contain oil, bleach ammonia or any chemical that has acidic content on it. They will only tint and ruin your porcelain/ceramic tiles.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Your tile installer is a weirdo. That being said, what the grout will look like when sealed with a clear seal is something to think about when picking your grout color. Some sealers darken the grout, and some are tinted and meant to be painted over the grout and those will change the look completely.

I like the floor mate too, though it doesn't get the edges it does great on the highly trafficked areas.

My last tenant left ground in mechanic greasy dirt in my cream colored grout. I used a mix of bleach, to bleach, with lysol floor cleaner, which broke up the grease, and really had to scrub it, with a deck brush. Soapy water. I think mopped with clear and I always dry it with a towel which gets the last of the dirty water up. Needs to be resealed after that kind of thing though. Dang tenants.
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