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Post by ACpower1 on Tue Jan 27, 2015 2:03 pm

when you guys are cleaning tile in say a kitchen with nice wood floors leading up to it from the front door.... you pre spray, steam it, but then when removing the hoses they are covered in strong cleaning chems like 2790 etc

do you stand at the transition and wipe them down as you remove them from the tile area? or lay out tarps all the way into the area your cleaning?

also at the base of cabinets, are you worried about water/cleaning solution getting down in the crack there? some homes have a nice tile skirt going up the side underneath the lip of the cabinet so thats no problem, but some new cookie cutter homes have tile straight to wood with no caulking or seal in between


We try to always tape off as much as possible but cant really cover every single area, I avoid using the hydroforce to pre spray it because trigger sprayers keep the amount a lot more controlled.....

for the wood floors I am thinking about just laying tarps across everything leading up to the tile areas, maybe even just covering them from now on with all jobs to avoid any issues.. Ive noticed Mark Saiger does this
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Re: Tile and Grout question

Post by Ken Raddon on Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:25 pm

I put my cleaner down with a mop so I get zero over spray. I mop my way into an area and then go get my tools while it dwells. Then I clean my way into the same area. That way my hoses never get into the soapy mess. Now when I step off the tile on to wood I put down towels or better yet a bonnet or two on which to wipe my feet.

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Re: Tile and Grout question

Post by ACpower1 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:20 pm

nice, thats a good idea cleaning into the area for tile instead of backing out.

Thanks Ken I will give that a try, it does turn into a muddy mess sometimes after we CRB some really dirty tile
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Re: Tile and Grout question

Post by milspec6 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:21 pm

I really wish I could get you guys hooked up with that ozone water system....no soapy mess to worry about.

All you have to do on light to medium soiling is spray it one, crb or 175 with brush, rinse / recovery. No spinner, no high pressures, no mess.

On badly soiled tile and grout....well, can't help with that problem.
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Re: Tile and Grout question

Post by ACpower1 on Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:37 pm

the unitex doesnt really foam up, but if you spray too much pre treat then crb it can get messy for sure.

I like just using small trigger sprayers for a really light coating since its getting scrubbed anyways
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Post by eldiabloz on Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:24 am

Cheap moving blankets from Tractor supply or harbor freight, works great, just warn the customers that they can slide and they need to stay off of them.
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Re: Tile and Grout question

Post by ACpower1 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:25 pm

ya thats what we started using, harbor freight has some great deals on the moving blankets... used a coupon and got some large ones for 5.99$

also their furniture sliders are on sale now, 4 large and 4 small in a pack for 3.99!!! about 50 cents a slider. I cleaned them out, we end up just leaving them under larger furniture cause it can be a pain to lift again and place blocks

or sometimes you have a leg that goes back right in the corner of a room so its really hard to get in there and put a foam block or sticky tab down
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