Bathroom floor tiles

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  1. Jon0755

    Jon0755 New Member

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    Happy Sunday night guys. So tonight the uppers have me scrubbing all 25 public restrooms. Once a month I do this, but wanted to know if there was a way to get this grout looking like new again
     

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    What method are you using already?
     
  3. Pinosan

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    yes remove the wax
     
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  4. Jon0755

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    Swing machine with maintex grout brightener Also for under toilet and edges I use a bristle brush. there is no wax here in the public restrooms
     
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    Grout brighteners are normally acid. Try an alkaline grout cleaner or even a strong degreaser to get the dirt out. Do you have a pad under there that swing machine or a brush? I scrub grout with a nylo grit brush. Then rinse it good. Even just a hose with a good spray nozzle to get some pressure. Extract the dirty water. If you can get a pressure washer in there and hit it wither about 1000psi you'd get the grout even cleaner.
     
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    Great post Robert!
     
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  7. Jon0755

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    I have a pressure washer here but it looks like it hasn't been touched in years but I use the nylon bristle attachment with it so I'm thinking degreaser for the win here
     
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    If you can get that thing running you could really clean up that floor. Just remember that 1200 psi is pretty much the max for tile and grout cleaning. So if its like a 2500 psi machine then you want to be careful and maybe start with the widest tip. If you use a 0 degree tip at 2500psi you'll take grout out of the floor so be careful.

    You could tell your employer to buy you a tile and grout wand like a Wespak or Gekko. Those attach to a pressure washer and a wet vac to clean and extract at the same time. Then you'd be cleaning like a pro! You'd just need a pressure washer with at least 2.5 gpm and and an unloader valve to dial the pressure down to around 1200psi.
     
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    I used a turbo force and grout master. Add floor stripper and a Machine with a brush for wax.
     
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    My goodness that's amazing honestly since I've found this site floor care is all I ever talk about and the mrs's is tired of it haha
     
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    Yup! Every time I wonder who the hell waxes a public restroom. At UC they had a spray buff 20 years ago that dried as hard as stone. They stopped using it because it was too difficult to strip.
    But some genius custodian had a great idea and mopped it on straight onto bathroom floors.
    Any wax on a bathroom floor is a SOB to get out of the grout.

    Marlene
     
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    Is there anything like that out their that will run on a portable?
    The machine is the bomb. Fast and effective
     
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    Spinners will run on a portable, as long as it has the PSI to run it. Interlink has a 1200psi nautilus portable for tile and grout cleaning that will run it. I run my Westpak tile and grout wand on a 500psi Kaivac. Its a bit under powered with 500 PSI at 1gpm flow but it rinses good enough.
     
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    Is it with the tank water or a water from source ? Aka flushing the floor?
     
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    I beleive it holds around 12 gal. water but has auto fill/dump ro you can work continuously without having to stop to refill and dump all the time.
     
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    I bought a 1200 psi water otter for running a tile spinner with my porty. It all runs on two circuits.
     
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    If the alkaline cleaner doesn't work great (sometimes doesn't in bathrooms) use an acid cleaner. I use Zep acid toilet bowl cleaner 50/50 in a pump sprayer. Hit the grout lines, wait 5 mins and rinse with spinner at 1200psi. Works great! Use an impregnating sealer, cobbs is very inexpensive and will make the floors easier to maintain.
     
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    Be careful using acid as it eats away the lime in the grout and degrades the grout very quickly and if this is a one time shot and you want to do that go ahead but if it's a repeat client and it's going to be a continual cleaning job I would not go that route and me personally I do not use acid.

    Better to clean with your alkaline cleaner and spinner along with scrubbing and if it doesn't come out perfect go ahead and sell the color seal and from then on you'll be able to maintain it very easily
     
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    Clean and seal. I have done hundreds of square feet of tile where alkaline cleaner doesn't get it, especially in bathrooms when the water is hard. In commercial environments color sealing is not practical.
     

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