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Monday, November 29 2010

Dangers of eHow

Recently I reviewed a video on eHow.com regarding tile and grout cleaning. The video showed a woman cleaning her ceramic tile and grout with a toothbrush and a homemade paste of vinegar and baking soda. She claimed that this was the least expensive way to clean tile and grout. Was she right? Let's find out.

First let's discuss the idea of cleaning 12" square tiles with an ordinary toothbrush. If you have 300 square feet of flooring this would mean that you have 900 feet of grout lines to clean with a toothbrush. The average toothbrush is approximately one inch  long, 900 feet of grout would equal 10,800 inches of grout to clean with a one inch toothbrush. Even though a toothbrush is soft enough not to damage the tile or the grout I can not imagine trying to clean that much grout with a toothbrush, I don't care what kind of solution you used with it. Keep in mind that you would also need to clean the tiles as well. If this woman could successfully clean 100' every four hours it would take her 300 Hours to complete the task. Don't forget she still needs to clean the tiles and seal the grout lines. She may also need to prep the floor, move furniture, etc.

Secondly let's look at her chemical choices of mixing white distilled vinegar with baking soda. Vinegar has a pH level of approximately 2.3, in other words it is an ACID. If you have read my previous blogs you know that I discourage the use of acid on tile. Acid etches it does NOT clean. It will literally eat the grout permanently ruining the floor. Baking Soda however has a pH level of 9.0 it is an alkaline substance. Alkaline will not damage your grout lines or your natural stone, but what happens when you mix an ACID with an ALKALINE? You guessed it they cancel each other, in other words, you have a pH neutral product. This is NOT a very strong cleaning product. Plus there are no degreasing properties in this mixture to break down grease and oils that will be found in the grout.  If you plan on following this person's advice you had better buy a whole bunch of toothbrushes.

I have found that there is almost nothing as frustrating to a homeowner as trying to clean tile and grout. Liberty Floor Solutions uses a very unique (7) part cleaning process that surgically removes grease, grime, bacteria, and yuk from your tile and grout floors. If you want to put the WOW back into your tile and grout floors give us a call before wasting time and money on vinegar, baking soda, an toothbrushes.

Hope this has been useful to you. If you have questions about this email contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net.

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 11:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, November 17 2010

Using Carpet Shampoo To Clean My Tile:

Occasionally I receive a telephone call from a DIY, which stands for Do It Yourself. These individuals have come to the conclusion that they will tackle their tile and grout cleaning issues on their own but still want some free advice so that they do not screw up their tile and grout floors. Recently I had such a person call me and ask this question, "Can I clean my tile and grout with carpet shampoo"?

Carpet Shampoo, typically found in Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Target etc. are all basically the same stuff. If you buy a gallon of carpet shampoo 80%, often times it is more, of that gallon will be water, 10% will be surfactant (stuff that eases surface tension of the soap), 5% will be some type of alkaline cleaner with a pH level of 8.0, with the remainder 5% being some type of good smelly perfume.

Wether you have porcelain tile, ceramic tile, or some type of natural stone, such as travertine, carpet shampoo will not harm the tile nor the grout. Man made tile such as porcelain and ceramic are both water proof and will not be harmed by the carpet shampoo. Natural stone should not be harmed either, but you could leave a soapy residue that will cause the floor to dirty faster the next time. It could also cause the floor to be slippery. Most grout is made from the same ingredients as concrete and has a pH of 11.5, since carpet shampoo is on the alkaline side of the pH scale it will not harm the grout either. However, you should not expect great results. After grout has become impacted with grease, grime, oils, etc. it is very difficult to remove with cleaners bought from the local hardware store or the local tile floor store. It often requires very hot water to melt the grime and loosen it up from the grout pores. You also must be able to extract the yuck from the floor once you have loosened it from the pores. Even with a Wet-Vac vacuum this can be a difficult task.

If your DIY didn't put the 'WOW' back into your once beautiful tile and grout floors then it is probably time to give a professional a call. Liberty Floor Solutions is the only factory trained - factory certified tile and grout cleaner in the Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin County areas. Why not give us a call right now while it is still fresh on your mind. Call (916) 525-2456.

Until Next Time,

Michael Hull

 

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 05:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, November 16 2010

Sanitizing Your Carpet:

With Fall in the air and Winter just around the corner many people are asking us about 'sanitizing carpets'. I often ask them what exactly do they mean and I often get a variety of answers. First to 'sanitize' means to eliminate germs or to make germ free. With Fall and Winter comes the cold and flu season so sanitizing your carpets makes perfectly good sense. After all the carpeting in your home acts like a giant air filter trapping dirt, dust, dust mites, dander, bacteria, etc. According to research there is at least 2000 bacteria particles per square inch of carpet in your home. Can you say 'Yuck'!

Unlike our competitors who typically rely ONLY on the hot water to sanitize your carpets we use a (4) Step process to sanitize the carpets in your home or place of business:

STEP 1: The first thing we do is pre-vacuum your entire carpet using a HEPA filtration system. This 'hospital grade' vacuum system will trap even the smallest of particles such as dust mites, dust mite feces, and pet dander. I am always amazed by how much 'stuff' we are able to remove from the carpets before we ever apply any chemicals or water.

STEP 2: We treat the entire carpet with a special blend of sodium borate and d-limoline. Sodium Borate is an all natural disinfectant and d-limoline is a power antioxidant. This powerful 1-2 punch will kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

STEP 3: We typically clean the carpet with water temperatures above 210 degrees. If you recall from your high school science bacteria will die when it is exposed to temperatures greater than 140 degrees. Don't worry your carpets love heat.

STEP 4: Because our technology is the latest we can typically extract 25% MORE water than our competitors. This means we also are removing more Yuck as well. As an added feature we blow dry the carpets to prevent mold and mildew.

Finally let me recommend that you also regularly change your return air filter in your home. These filters are designed to trap all kinds of Yuck. They too help keep your home healthy!

If you have questions regarding this blog please contact me at paddle@frontiernet.net .

Michael Hull

 

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