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Monday, November 29 2010

Dangers of eHow

Recently I reviewed a video on 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

Michael Hull

Posted by: Michael Hull AT 11:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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