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Old 07-29-2006, 01:22 PM   #1
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Electric scrubber for tile?

Hi Folks,

Had asked before, no answers, but this was regarding tile steam cleaners that they have in Europe. Guess there is nothing like that in the US and we have no 240V where the tile floors are (except for the laundry room) so we can't buy one over there.

So, is there any electric scrubber for tile floors?

Reason I ask is that my wife has a wrist that hurts badly when cleaning tile floors. We have Rialto tiles that are mildly grooved so it's tough.

The regular steam cleaner has a bare floor tool but due to the lower grout lines of the beveled tile it spews too much water sideways everytime it crosses a grout line, hits cabinets with water etc.

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Old 07-29-2006, 01:31 PM   #2
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Hoover makes a machine that scrubs floors and vacuums up the water when you reverse it. Don't remember the name.
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Old 07-29-2006, 02:50 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jeff, they seem to have more stuff than they used to. We'll have to check these out in the stores. The only problem I see is that those rotating brushes won't make it into the grout grooves.

In case someone else reads the thread and is also looking here is the link:
http://www.hoover.com/db/xq/asp.hvrC...orCleaners.htm

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Old 08-04-2006, 03:08 PM   #4
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Well, we looked at the electric tile scrubbers and also at reviews. Some of the reviews, for example on the Target web site, were not positive. In essence people commented "You might as well get on your knees and hand scrub".

So, are there any other scrubbers that might work? Maybe some where the bristles rotate vertically so they get into grout lines and into the natural crevices of distressed look tile? That's where the dirt tends to gather.

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Old 08-04-2006, 03:13 PM   #5
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Joerg,there are scrubbers, and pads, and brushes to do this,you might have to google,Janilink,Baneclene,or Betty Mills.The secret to these no rinse grout cleaners is leaving them on the floor to loosen the scum awhile, scrubbing, then WETVAC the slurry up, otherwise the scum just sits in the joint.
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Old 08-09-2006, 01:28 PM   #6
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Thanks, Dave. Maybe that's the trick, to leave the floor wet for a while before mopping it up. If that works well then I just have to figure a way to protect any wood such as built-in cabinets and stuff. In some areas we wanted to keep the natural look but maybe a good marine lacquer would do.

This is the first tile floor I laid where the tiles are grooved for that distressed or antique look and where the corners are beveled down. The ones before were more flat and you could wipe them clean really easy. Plus we didn't have large dogs back then

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