Renting a Tile & Grout Cleaning Machine 2013:
Believe it or not the Number 1 keyword search for people who visit my website in 2013, so far, is "renting a tile and grout cleaning machine,' or something to that effect. In fact I have receive two emails from people this week alone, one guy was located in Atlanta, Georgia, wanting me to educate them on how they can clean their tile and grout lines themselves. They wanted to know what type of cleaning solutions to use, what type of sealers to use, and where they could rent the equipment.
As a certified tile and grout cleaner I am constantly educating myself on the latest technology, newest chemicals, etc. for my profession. Just as there are advances in your field of expertise so is there in mine. Even with all the technology cleaning tile and grout does still involve a certain amount of 'elbow grease,' or manual labor, and sometimes that manual labor can be quite hard.
Unlike carpet cleaning where you have the Rug Doctor and the Bissell machines that you can rent from just about any grocery store or hardware store you CAN NOT rent a tile and grout cleaning machine. Tile and grout cleaning equipment requires the use of a truckmounted engine. Tile and grout cleaning usually requires chemicals that are over 1,000 times the pH level of carpet cleaning solutions and require a water pressure that is at least 20 times that of the Rug Doctor or the Bissell. When we clean tile and grout the water temperature is typically 220 degrees fahrenheit, and is under pressure at about 1500 psi (pounds per square inch). Can you see why no one wants to rent you a machine. What if you bubbled your hardwood or your baseboards? What if you burned yourself with that kind of heat, etc.?
If you are determined to clean your tile and grout yourself you will need some nylon grout brushes, gloves, a bucket, a mop, soap, and a wet vac. You get down on your hands and knees scrubbing the grout lines with the soapy water and vacuum with your wet vac. You should also plan on scrubbing the tile as well. Most folks tell me that it usually takes them, with 2 people doing the work, about one hour per 100 square feet. This is the cleaning portion only and does not include drying or sealing. Nor does it include the 'set-up' or 'break-down' time. I wish you all the luck.
Until Next Time,