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Friday, February 03 2012

Renting a Tile & Grout Cleaning Machine

From time to time we receive web searches, emails, and telephone calls from well meaning individuals who want to rent a tile & grout cleaning machine to DIY (Do It Yourself). These well meaning soles are usually trying to save money by NOT hiring a professional cleaning service such as Liberty Floor Solutions. The thought is that since you can rent a Rug Doctor or a Bissell carpet cleaning machine you should be able to rent a tile & grout cleaning machine. As it stands right now that isn't possible.

There are some major differences between cleaning tile & grout versus carpet that you should know about before trying to DIY tile & grout cleaning. 1). Tile & Grout cleaning solutions are 1,000 to 100,000 times higher in pH than your typical carpet cleaning solutions. Do you know what are the consequences if this strong chemical should come in contact with your carpets, wood, or wood laminate. What if this chemical came in contact with your stainless steel appliances would you know what to do? Better yet do you know how to prevent it in the first place? What if a stain won't come out then what? What if some of the grout breaks down and pops out of the floor while you are cleaning what will you do? 2). The black grundgy looking stuff in your grout lines is a combination of grease, oils, dander, odour causing bacteria, food, dust mite feces, dirt, etc., and you will need a very HOT chemical solution to break down the yuk. Typically we clean at a water temperature of 210 degrees fahrenheit. Can a Rug Doctor or a Bissell reach these temperatures and stay that way through out the entire cleaning? The answer is NO. Even if you used the hottest setting from your sink the max temperature from your faucet will probably be around 120 degrees and it will begin cooling immediately. By the time you are actually cleaning the floor they temperature will drop to 110 degrees. Just a short note here and that is bacteria dies when it comes in contact with water that is higher than 140 degrees.

3). When we clean tile & grout we typically use a water pressure of at least 1200 PSI (pounds per square inch). This water pressure insures us that we can clean all of the grout pores and crevices. This water temperature, combined with the high pH chemical solution and water temperature, ensures us that we can remove all of the yuk from your floor not just the top layer. 4). Finally is the vacuum portion of our cleaning. If you can not successfully remove the water, chemicals, and grime from the floor then what good have you done? In no time at all you will be right back to where you were before.

In order to meet or exceed our clients' conditions of satisfaction (this is a fancy way of saying 'WOW' when our clients look at their clean floors) we need to use special tools, a very powerful truckmount engine (much larger than the average carpet cleaning engine), specialized training for the handling of the chemicals, equipment, and truckmount, and finally a specialized knowledge of chemistry and masonry (not all tile & grout are the same).

The next time you want to DIY your tile and grout cleaning let me suggest that you first sit down and count the costs of DIY versus hiring a professional like Liberty Floor Solutions. If you have questions about this email you can reach me at

Michael Hull

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