Tile and Grout Cleaning!! I am clueless!!

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Most shower cleaning goes for anywhere between $300-$700 based on degree of filthy and difficulty. Pick you an hourly rate you want to make and figure 4-5 hours on a shower clean and recaulk and that would be your charge.


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Do you come back the next day to seal the floor?

Do you even recommend sealing the floor anyway? And won't they be using the shower again the next anyway, so the floor and grout may not be fully dry the next day any hoo.
I never have sealed shower grout
 
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I've sealed shower grout before.. Water based only... Use blowers to speed dry the shower after cleaning. About 30 minutes. Apply sealer and advise client shower will be out of order for 72 hours... That's what we do.


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This looks like natural stone to me. Am I right?
Would an acid be a no no? I tested tile master in small areas. Some black and brown debris came up fast. But some corners did not budge.
 
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This looks like natural stone to me. Am I right?
Would an acid be a no no? I tested tile master in small areas. Some black and brown debris came up fast. But some corners did not budge.
If it is pouris it is most likely natural stone can't tell what it is and yes acid is a big no no on most naturals. If You can find out what it is you could read the back of the bottle to see if it's safe. Or try some in the corner and see if it's ok


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If it is pouris it is most likely natural stone can't tell what it is and yes acid is a big no no on most naturals. If You can find out what it is you could read the back of the bottle to see if it's safe. Or try some in the corner and see if it's ok


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I need a hand tool. Sx-7 or something. I think the Tile Master will work, just need pressure and heat.
 

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I think that is imitation travertine ceramic tile. Can you scratch it with a key or knife? If yes - then I'm wrong, .....would probably be natural stone. And acid will definitely be a NO, will etch that stone and not be good. Take a grout file and sand off the black and use a sanded caulk to fill in those areas, which is a lot simpler than regrouting those spots. You can buy a lot of different color caulk at Home Depo in the tile department....


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I have tried a lot of product in showers to remove soap scum because if that isn't totally removed your sealer will not stick. The best I have found is Zep Shower and Tub cleaner. Spray it on and let it sit for 3 minutes and you may have to wipe it with a green Scotchbrite pad if it is a bad build up but then rinse and that stuff just made your life easy. Do not let that mess dry though, keep it wet while you work...respray the areas you haven't gotten to yet just to keep it wet.
 

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Sealer: what do y'all use and when do y'all apply. For regular floors not showers. Then how much are you charging for sealer application for the process you are doing?

I use a water based sealer and I roll it on. I clean then dry with fans
And apply a liberal amount and allow to dry.
 

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I need a hand tool. Sx-7 or something. I think the Tile Master will work, just need pressure and heat.
Yes you do need a hand tool for showers. It is still hard work but much easier. If that is caulk in the corners, that is why it wont clean up. has to be cut out and caulked again. corners are hard I agree. I scrub corners with grout brush and rinse down. BTW I start at bottom and go up so chemical is not diluted from rinse water. works good for me. still worth a lot of money to mess with them.
 
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Sealer: what do y'all use and when do y'all apply. For regular floors not showers. Then how much are you charging for sealer application for the process you are doing?

I use a water based sealer and I roll it on. I clean then dry with fans
And apply a liberal amount and allow to dry.
you ever had any hazing type issues. white residue appear?
 

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Go buy your tile wands and spinners. For chemicals one of the best things you can use on a shower is shower cleaner. If you have a janitorial supply shop that sells commercial shower cleaner then pick up a gallon, if not go to your local Wal Mart (or whatever) and buy some shower cleaner. I recommend putting the chemical into a different spray bottle so the customer does not see it's an over the counter product. Also get some alkaline tile cleaner (Tilemaster is the best) and an acid tile cleaner. You probably will not need the alkaline cleaner on the shower but be prepared to use the shower cleaner and maybe even the acid. I also recommend picking up a cheap $2 hand scrub brush for use in the shower.

With shower grout the grout lines often never fully dry since it is soaked down daily when the shower is used. Make sure to inform your customer that moisture can make grout look darker and being a shower there will be an extended grout drying time.
Building a new vanity for a small bathroom. Also painting the room.
I noticed today the grout looked a little dingy.
I thought I'd clean the tile/grout before putting the new vanity in.

Anyone know of a good product?

Thanks.
 

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Building a new vanity for a small bathroom. Also painting the room.
I noticed today the grout looked a little dingy.
I thought I'd clean the tile/grout before putting the new vanity in.

Anyone know of a good product?

Thanks.
Read the reviews on Groutmaster.