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Post by Davey Cracker on Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:12 pm

@Jose D wrote:I have been using the first tile wand that tony made with brush head for about 1.5 years now. It gets the job done but it takes me longer to clean tile. I actually hate cleaning tile with the wand and hope to upgrade to a spinner tool eventually.

I started with a spinner, an SX-12, and used it for years...........then bought a Gecko with 14" brush head about a year ago, and have only used spinner twice since then. I like how the Gecko edges better and gets into corners, unlike a spinner.

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Post by brianbenaiah on Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:54 pm

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Here is the church tile that is very porous and wares out mops, can it be sealed so it doesnt trap dirt?
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Post by Davey Cracker on Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:03 pm

Is that concrete?........or just a really close up pic of a tile?

Post a pic of the back side of it, if it's a tile and I'll tell you what it is......Right DP? wink

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Post by Davey Cracker on Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:39 pm

I suspect it's a man made stone look a-like tile.

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:50 pm

Can't really tell by the photo, but I would guess that it has a crystalline look to it and feel like sand paper.....am I close?

You can seal anything, but it isn't always a good idea. If it is what I think it is, the texture is there for safety so nobody slips when wet. Sealing it would make for a dangerous surface.

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Post by brianbenaiah on Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:10 pm

Yup just like sandpaper it has a gritty feeling it says porcelain made in Spain. Keeps people from slipping and hurting themselves at church
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:20 pm

It is very similar to a polished cement with quartz and glass added to the mix. I wouldn't try and seal that stuff at all.

As for cleaning, stay away from acid-based cleaners. Any of the standard high alkaline cleaners for tile should be okay. Don't expect miracles as it will probably dry to a flat and dull appearance. You are looking for clean, but not shiny.

I have seen some with an acrylic coating to give it some shine, but the stuff turns yellow and ruins the safety texture as well.
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Post by Devon07 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:12 am

Is there a pic of this?...that must be a video above because I cant see videos right now.

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Post by brianbenaiah on Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:21 am

@Devon07 wrote:Is there a pic of this?...that must be a video above because I cant see videos right now.

Good Morning, page 2 has the pic but when I start the cleaning of the church I will use wife's video to video it. The foyer is tile, entrance is tile and bathrooms are all this type of tile, lots of this tile and it wears mops out and always looks dirty.
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Post by dp1 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:30 am

@Davey Cracker wrote:Is that concrete?........or just a really close up pic of a tile?

Post a pic of the back side of it, if it's a tile and I'll tell you what it is......Right DP? wink

That's right !! Lol
If it's rough, I wouldn't use gecko / tile wand or spinner, after pre spray I would scrub and just pressure wash it, I hope it's outside ? If it's inside, and there's drain somewhere, you can still do it, just pressure wash going towards the drain and I agree with Rob, I wouldn't seal that stuff or you're going to hate yourself next time you're cleaning it, lol.
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Post by ACpower1 on Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:07 pm

@Davey Cracker wrote:
@Jose D wrote:I have been using the first tile wand that tony made with brush head for about 1.5 years now. It gets the job done but it takes me longer to clean tile. I actually hate cleaning tile with the wand and hope to upgrade to a spinner tool eventually.

I started with a spinner, an SX-12, and used it for years...........then bought a Gecko with 14" brush head about a year ago, and have only used spinner twice since then.  I like how the Gecko edges better and gets into corners, unlike a spinner.

Ya Im moving away from the spinner as well, tile wand is lighter and easier plus gets into edges better
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Post by Davey Cracker on Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:18 pm

I just find it easier most of the time to do whole job with Gecko, rather then having to switch back and forth to get the edges properly, and corners with Gecko when using the spinner for the open areas.

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Post by Jose D on Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:49 pm

Hey Mo, How is the water recovery with the squeegee head?
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Post by Mo on Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:30 pm

I don't know Jose I haven't used it yet. Hopefully Ill have some time this weekend
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Post by Mo on Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:17 pm

I did some video cleaning with the blaster and sx12 today. Unfortunatley i messed up and didnt record most of it.

I do have a before and after with both. I ran the pump at 900 PSI. What I tried to do was do 2 wet passes and two dry passes on with both tools.  No Im trying to remember if I took my had on the sx12 trigger on the second pass check it out.
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Post by Davey Cracker on Sun Jul 12, 2015 2:39 pm

Looks like the SX cleaned much better?

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Post by Mo on Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:46 am

It sure looks that way doesn't it. We should probably be doing side by side test with another hard surface wand instead of a spinner
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The squeege in this tool is heavy duty and it has two lips
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Post by ACpower1 on Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:16 pm

its does look like the spinner cleaned better but it could have just been a different spot on the concrete that looks different.


really want to get into more exterior cleaning, pressure washing with recovery.. just too busy with carpets right now
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Post by Mo on Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:53 am

Yeah that's possible AC but again I think were comparing apples to oranges. We need someone that has a Gecko to do that test and can be Brutally Honest.

PS I clean my AZ room with the blaster and it came out good.

Brian let me know if you want the loaner to clean the church. Anybody else want to use it?
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Post by Mo on Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:00 pm

So am I correct in my assumption that spinner clean better that hard surface wands?

I mean how much difference can their be with regards to cleaning ability between a Gecko and any other hard surface wand. Sure the squeegee might last longer than another or better recovery but from a pure cleaning stand point it appears to me than a spinner does abetter job of using water to clean.
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Post by brianbenaiah on Sun Jul 19, 2015 4:29 pm

@Mo wrote:Yeah that's possible AC but again I think were comparing apples to oranges. We need someone that has a Gecko to do that test and can be Brutally Honest.

PS I clean my AZ room with the blaster and it came out good.

Brian let me know if you want the loaner to clean the church. Anybody else want to use it?

Thanks Mo, any time i'll be glad to use it and review it, I havnt had time to think about the church so its time to get er done.
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Post by Mo on Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:52 pm

@brianbenaiah wrote:
@Mo wrote:Yeah that's possible AC but again I think were comparing apples to oranges. We need someone that has a Gecko to do that test and can be Brutally Honest.

PS I clean my AZ room with the blaster and it came out good.

Brian let me know if you want the loaner to clean the church. Anybody else want to use it?

Thanks Mo, any time i'll be glad to use it and review it, I havnt had time to think about the church so its time to get er done.

OK i was going to give it back to Tony next time I was in Cali. I may just take it with me and ship in from there. Ill let you know.
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Post by Mo on Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:19 am

Loaner over toll going back to Tony
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Post by Mo on Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:54 pm

You like better than a spinner James?
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