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Thursday, June 11 2009

Why I Won't Use This Product

The SC Johnson & Son Company has been making house hold cleaning products for decades. In the past they have made some very good ones, but the Pledge Tile & Vinyl Floor Cleaner (Floor Polish/Cleaner) is not one of them. This product, in my opinion, has some serious flaws.

This product is composed of three ingredients: Deionized Water, Modified Acrylic Polymer, and Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether. The ph level of this product is 9.7, this means that it is an alkaline cleaning product. According to the manufacture you should be able to clean and seal your tile. All cleaning chemicals, according to both state & federal law, are now water based products - hence the deionized water. Water represents about 80% of the product weight. Another word for Modified Acrylic Polymer is "Sticky Plastic". Acrylic is the sticky and polymer is the plastic. This is the sealer portion of the product. Finally Diethylene Glycol Monoethyl Ether is a common cleaning solvent also found in varnishes.

Most people in the Sacramento Area have either porcelain or ceramic tile in their homes. A smaller percentage will have a natural stone such as travertine, granite or marble. Porcelain and ceramic tile are already water tight and should never be sealed - YOU ONLY SEAL THE CEMENT GROUT LINES! With travertine you will seal the entire stone and the grout.

My fear regarding this product is that they are trying to duplicate car care products where you have the wash and wax all in one bottle. If you have ever used these all-in-one products you know that your vehicle never gets as clean or as shiny as the picture on the bottle. With Pledge Tile & Vinyl Floor Cleaner your going to leave behind a sticky residue, not only on the grout lines but on the tiles themselves, that will trap dirt, grime, and grease. Over time you are going to have a  serious "build up" of chemicals, dirt, grease, and grime. My fear with this product is that you are going to have a dirtier floor in a shorter period of time.

Initially you will probably have a shiny floor but over time you will probably regret using this product.

Hope this review was helpful - Until next time!

Michael Hull



Posted by: Michael Hull AT 03:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
There seems to be more marketing than cleaning in this product. Thanks for saving me money.
Posted by Jeff Hillman on 06/20/2009 - 08:56 AM

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