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01-14-2003, 10:57 PM
Both of my bathrooms have new pocelain tile floors. Grout has been sealed w/Impregnator 511.

I vaccuum the floors periodically. When they get a bit dirty through normal traffic and stuff, and I want to clean the floors, should I use a mop and tile cleaner? Or is straight water the best way to go? I have some of this Aquamix stuff that I use for my granite countertop; I'm assuming it would be safe to use on my tile as well:

Another question: I have PFJ moldings along the floor/wall joint. Should I be worried about water getting between the molding and the tile if/when I do mop? I have a concrete slab floor if that helps. Thanks!

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01-14-2003, 11:22 PM
your "aquamix stuff" is just fine for cleaning your floor. neutral cleaner lowers the surface tension of water (makes water wetter) to make it a better cleaner (breaking the bond between dirt and tile).

use a string mop. sponge mops just pick up dirt from the tile and deposit it into the joints. change your water when it starts to get cloudy. this is all a pain, but it will keep your floor beautiful.



John Bridge
01-15-2003, 08:59 PM
Let me tell ya how Patti does it (when she does it). :D

Forget the mop. Get a pail of water and a good tile sponge. First clean the floor with the sponge. Then go back with Windex and paper towels. Man, you just gotta see that sheen. :D

01-16-2003, 12:24 AM
:eek: WINDEX :moon: :whip:

John Bridge
01-16-2003, 10:39 AM
Windex. :D

We have about 500 feet of floor tile that she used to go over on her hands and knees once a week. I always knew when it was Tuesday. She'd be at the door checking my shoes. Now she does it once every two weeks, but she still uses Windex and paper towels. Been going on for about 15 years now. Labor-intensive? You bet. ;)