Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – Deep Cleaning and New Product Innovation

The purpose of this article is to provide step by step DEEP cleaning procedures for ceramic tile floors. The deep cleaning aspect is not your routine daily cleaning but a deep scrubbing/cleaning to remove the ground in soil that has penetrated into the pores of the ceramic and grout of the floor. No matter how good you clean your ceramic floors on a daily or routine basis, ground in soil and dirt is bound to get embedded into the pores of the ceramic floors. At this point a deep cleaning is required to make the ceramic flooring look like new again.

Ceramic is an interesting topic because for many, ceramic is considered difficult to deep clean. When in fact the tile is normally not the issue, the issue is cleaning the grout lines of the ceramic tile floor and grout can be difficult to clean.

 

Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – New Product Innovation – “That’s Amazing” Floor Cleaning Pads

 

It is not the purpose of this website to promote any particular product but sometimes a discovery of new product, procedure or system is so good, it has to be explained to make everyone aware of it because it revolutionizes the process and the cleaning results. The following product does just that for cleaning ceramic floors and grout lines and thereby needs to be discussed.

  • The Product: A laminated fiber and open cell foam pad that when used with any quality cleaning agent, effectively cleans so deep into the pores of the ceramic and the grout lines, the floor and grout is rejuvenated and restores the flooring to what it looked like when it was new. It accomplishes this quickly with no additional labor to normally deep clean a ceramic floor. In fact it will actually reduce the labor to deep clean.
     
  • Performance Witnessed: This recent discovery happened during a demonstration of the product that actually cleaned a ceramic floor that was just cleaned by a traditional deep cleaning method. The results were incredible and clearly showed that the previously cleaned ceramic floor was not even close to being as cleaned as this new foam/fiber pad cleaned the floor. The grout lines were actually restored to its original color and the Foam/Fiber pad had trapped all the ground in soil from the floor onto the pad.
     
  • Pad Size and Type: Pads for power floor cleaning machines come in three diameter sizes…13”, 17” and 20”. They also come in various sizes for manual edge work that fit a doodlebug holder and also come in several smaller sizes for manual hand scrubbing for the Residential market.

    

For additional information on this new “That’s Amazing” Floor Cleaning Pad contact Unichem Marketing, Inc. at 708-296-7408; unichem@sbcglobal.net

 

Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – Step by Step Cleaning Procedures – Commercial & Residential

 

Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – Commercial

 

Large Open Area Ceramic Floor Deep Cleaning Procedure

  1. Dust mop or Sweep Floor. Using a putty knife or scraper, scrape any debris adhered to the floor such as gum, labels, etc.
     
  2. Fill a bucket with clear water and a quality professional grade Floor Cleaner. Dilute and use cleaner according to label directions. Using a wet mop, liberally apply amounts cleaning solution uniformly on floor with a mop. An automatic scrubber can also be used to apply the solution to the floor instead of the mop and bucket.
     
  3. Let cleaner solution dwell for 10 minutes on the floor. Do not allow cleaner solution to dry on the floor. If it does, re-wet the floor by applying additional cleaner solution to the floor.
     
  4. Using an automatic scrubber equipped with Scrub Brushes (NOT TRADITIONAL FIBER FLOOR PADS; UNLESS IT IS THE NEW INNOVATIVE FOAM/FIBER PAD DESCRIBED ABOVE) or the “That’s Amazing” Floor Cleaning Pad and clear potable water in the solution tank, Double scrub the floor.
     
  5. Make one final pass with automatic scrubber, with Brushes down, solution valve fully open, squeegee down and vacuum on, pick-up the solution thoroughly.
     
  6. Inspect floor after it has dried. If any residue is present, damp rinse with a mop and bucket filled with clear potable water.

 

Equipment, Tool and Chemical List

  • Buckets and Wringers
  • Wet Mops
  • Automatic scrubber
  • Scrub Brushes for Automatic scrubber (BRUSHES ARE REQUIRED TO GET INTO THE GROUT LINES. PADS WILL NOT GET INTO THE GROUT LINES UNLESS USING THE NEW INNOVATIVE FOAM/FIBER PAD DESCRIBED ABOVE)
  • Dust Mop (Untreated) or Broom – (Microfiber is Preferred)
  • Putty Knife
  • Dust Pan
  • Quality Professional Grade Ceramic Floor Cleaner
  • Water
  • Wet Floor Signs and/or Caution Tape
  • Personal Protection Equipment

 

Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – Commercial

 

Small Confined Area Ceramic Floor Deep Cleaning Procedure

  1. Dust mop or Sweep Floor. Using a putty knife or scraper, scrape any debris adhered to the floor such as gum, labels, etc.
     
  2. Fill a bucket with clear water and a quality professional grade Floor Cleaner using according to label directions. Using a wet mop, liberally apply solution uniformly on floor with a mop.
     
  3. Let cleaner solution dwell for 10 minutes on the floor. Do not allow cleaner solution to dry on the floor. If it does, re-wet the floor by applying additional cleaner solution to the floor.
     
  4. Using a Single Disc Swing Floor Machine equipped with Scrub Brushes (NOT TRADITIONAL FIBER FLOOR PADS; UNLESS IT IS THE NEW INNOVATIVE FOAM/FIBER PAD DESCRIBED ABOVE), Scrub the floor thoroughly making at least two passes but not more than four passes with the machine is necessary.
     
  5. Using the Wet/Dry Vacuum, vacuum the cleaning solution from the floor.
     
  6. Fill a bucket equipped with a wringer with clear potable water, using a wet mop and rinse the floor with clear water.
     
  7. Inspect floor after it has dried. If any residue is present, repeat rinsing step by damp rinsing with a mop and bucket filled with clear potable water.

 

Equipment, Tool and Chemical List

  • Buckets and Wringers
  • Wet Mops
  • Single Disc Swing Machine
  • Scrub Brushes for Single Disc Machine (BRUSHES ARE REQUIRED TO GET INTO THE GROUT LINES. PADS WILL NOT GET INTO THE GROUT LINES UNLESS USING THE NEW INNOVATIVE FOAM/FIBER PAD DESCRIBED ABOVE)
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum
  • Dust Mop (Untreated) or Broom – (Microfiber is Preferred)
  • Putty Knife
  • Dust Pan
  • Quality Professional Grade Ceramic Floor Cleaner
  • Water
  • Wet Floor Signs and/or Caution Tape
  • Personal Protection Equipment

 

Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors – Residential

 

All Floor Areas Ceramic Floor Deep Cleaning Procedure

  1. Dust mop or Sweep Floor. Using a putty knife or scraper, scrape any debris adhered to the floor such as gum, labels, etc.
     
  2. Fill a bucket with quality grade Floor Cleaner using according to label directions. Using a wet mop, apply liberal amounts of solution uniformly on floor with a mop.
     
  3. Let cleaner solution dwell for 10 minutes on the floor. Do not allow cleaner solution to dry on the floor. If it does, re-wet the floor by applying additional cleaner solution to the floor.
     
  4. Using a Scrub Brush or new innovative foam/fiber hand pad (Described in the first section of the article), manually scrub the ceramic floor making sure to work the brush into the grout lines.
     
  5. Pickup solution from floor with a mop and bucket or if a wet vacuum is available, use the Wet/Dry Vacuum to vacuum the cleaning solution from the floor.
     
  6. Fill a bucket equipped with a wringer with clear potable water, using a wet mop and rinse the floor with clear water.
     
  7. Inspect floor after it has dried. If any residue is present, repeat rinsing step by damp rinsing with a mop and bucket filled with clear potable water.

 

Equipment, Tool and Chemical List

  • Buckets and Wringers
  • Wet Mops
  • Single Disc Swing Machine
  • Scrub Brush (BRUSHES ARE REQUIRED TO GET INTO THE GROUT LINES. WET MOP ALONE WILL NOT GET INTO THE GROUT LINES UNLESS USING THE NEW INNOVATIVE FOAM/FIBER HAND PAD AS DESCRIBED IN THE FIRST SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE)
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum (Preferred If Available)
  • Dust Mop (Untreated) or Broom – (Microfiber is Preferred)
  • Putty Knife
  • Dust Pan
  • Quality Grade Ceramic Floor Cleaner
  • Water
  • Personal Protection Equipment

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