Forums | Home Repair | Home Improvement | Painting | Interior Decorating | Remodeling | Landscaping


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-15-2009, 02:14 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 208
Share |
Default

Steps after grouting ceramic floor tile


Its funny, but after each project I do I have the utmost appreciation for that particular group of tradesman. I can now say that about flooring tradesmen.

Anyway Ive just finished grouting my ceramic flooring and am wondering what comes next... After waiting 24 hours do I then seal it, wait instructed amount of time, then mop the floor?

Or do I wait 24 hours , then mop the floor, then seal it?

Im bascially wondering if I seal then mop or mop then seal. I did my best to get tile surface clean of grout residue but I didnt want to overdo it and disturb the grout lines.

Is it ok to clean ceramic tile flooring with Murphys Oil Soap or is there something else that works better, yet I have a 1 year old and prefer to keep chemical cleaners to a minimum if possible.

Thanks gang

creamaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
Member
 
ccarlisle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 1,889
Default

Steps after grouting ceramic floor tile


I clean, then seal with appropriate times between the two.

Murphy's Oil Soap is a no-no on ceramic ; what you really want is no residue because residue dulls the shine and makes the tile sticky underfoot. Try walking ona MOSoap-cleaned floor in sneakers and you'll hear the sticking...that's because MOSoap has soap (or detergent) in it and those are sticky ingredients.

There is nothing in MOSoap that you need to put on tiles.

Consider that the tile surface is a glassy, shiny, almost smooth surface. First you don't want dirt to accumulate in the valleys and therefore you need something that removes the dirt. You also want the cleaner you use NOT to leave any residues itself either. But what cleaner doesn't leave residues like that?

The answer consists of using a cleaning operation that dissolves dirt, from greases to oils and then picks them up and leaves nothing behind. The solution is Windex (not just 99-cent glass cleaners) but Windex with 20-40% isopropanol in it and a clean microfibre mop. Wash the mop pad after every use, in the washing machine. No residue on the mop pad + no residues in the Windex = a clean floor.

It is a combination of chemical and physical actions that leave the floor with no residues. MOSoap is as old as soap itself and not what ceramic floors need.

Maybe wooden floors - but who lives in a barn anyway.

__________________
“The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960...Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans,”

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
ccarlisle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rebuild concrete steps leading to basement gruntman Building & Construction 32 09-30-2009 11:55 AM
Brick steps failing sk8z Building & Construction 10 03-28-2009 03:16 PM
Concrete steps Shadowchase Building & Construction 5 07-04-2008 06:01 PM
wood front porch steps dlhein Carpentry 4 05-11-2008 08:06 PM
Pouring base for preformed steps justdon General DIY Discussions 3 09-01-2007 05:46 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.