Tile and Grout Cleaning Advice and Used Equipment Wanted (NYC)

ajb224

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Hi everyone. I live in 7-story apartment building in Manhattan. We have 850 sq ft of 1" marble tile in the lobby, and six hallways of 3/4" porcelain tile (around 200 sq ft each). They all look terrible.

I'd appreciate your checking my understanding of what we need to do to clean and maintain the tiles. And then, if you have used equipment to help us do this, please let me know.

General Concept:
Spray with a natural stone cleaner, let it dwell, agitate the hell out of it, steam/vacuum, then seal.

Is that right?

If so, I think that means we need a portable carpet extractor that can produce around 1200 psi, an attachment wand/tool for tile that can also get into corners, and then the cleaning products.
Our new superintendent has never cleaned tile, but he's handy and learns quickly, so we were thinking that instead of hiring contractors to do this every year, we would buy the machinery and have him learn. Bad idea? What should we be aware of? Does doing this every year sound right (we have 25 families and a fair amount of traffic) or does sealing it mean we shouldn't need to spray/scrub/steam that often?

And does anyone know of used equipment in the Greater NY/NJ/CT area that would be the right equipment for us? We mostly have tile floors, but we also have a gym and a kids playroom with rubber flooring and vinyl flooring, and then a huge basement with concrete floors. No carpets.

Thank you in advance. Your help is greatly appreciated.
 

katilicous

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I don't know why no one replied to this thread but for educational purposes, no man left behind.
I know nothing of steamers for cleaning stone floors. And I have never seen a steamer clean tile floor either. If marble looks terrible it has to be polished back. With such small tiles I would check the grout condition first. Older grout might look awful, be cracked and missing in some places. Start with the grout on both tile and marble floors. You may need to regroup in which case good luck, 1 inch tile regrouts are usually a disaster and take time. Is the tile cracking, chipped or damaged. If not, the grout is the only issue with that sort of tile other than just being very dirty. The marble should be polished with resins and powder to restore the condition to shiney. Need more info on what terrible means to move forward.