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20 July 2008 @ 01:32 pm
Help cleaning a textured tile floor  
Hello hipsters!

I am at my wits' end with my kitchen floor.  It is made of linoleum tile, I'm assuming; standard rubbery-type tile in shades of gray and white.  It has either been worn down over the years (we rent), or it is textured on purpose, as the tiles have tiny grooves and "pits" in them.  The problem is cleaning this!  Mopping it does not work, because the dirt (and consequently the dirty water) pools in those grooves and pits, making the whole thing look nasty.  The ONLY way of cleaning it I have found so far has been to scrub with an SOS pad.  I do it gently so as not to make any more pits and grooves, but it is a big pain.  After doing that, it will be white for all of 12 hours before every little bit of grime begins to collect in those dents again.

Is there some type of mop or other method that would help me here?  Any way to get it clean without hours of hands-and-knees scrubbing?

Thank you! 
juliecurieuse on July 20th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Magic Eraser worked on my very similar floor okay -- they make a mop head, but I've never used it and it seems to have some "hard to use" reviews online. If your floor's not too huge, it doesn't take long to just go over it with the Eraser by hand.
Deaniedeanne on July 20th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I was just going to say I had the same type of kitchen floor and would take a magic eraser to it every few weeks to get it deep down clean. I always said they need to make a magic eraser mop. Of course noow that they have, I've moved and have hardwood floors. I would give both the regular magic eraser and the new mop a try!
sixcrkedhiways on July 20th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately my floor is HUGE! But the Eraser might be easier than the SOS pad, at least. Thanks!
Jess: Kid's Books - Wayside - dumbthejoysofjess on July 20th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
The mop is pretty hard to use just because you can't really apply pressure in the same way. I found just being on my hands and knees to be more effective.
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sixcrkedhiways on July 20th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'm going to look into this. That is kind of what I meant, some sort of "textured" mop that might dig into those crevices for me. Thanks!
Faithms_snail on July 20th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
My parents have this type of floor, and my mom uses a stick vac to get up the stuff, and mops with a regular sponge mop, but I think it still seems a little dirty. When I had to move in to help out while my mom took care of some family issues, I scrubbed by hand, and used microfiber rags to get up the dirty water (just the microfiber car rags, like $5 for 10 or so at WalMart or AutoZone). After that, I mopped with a microfiber mop every few days (twice a week or so, sometimes once a week), and just made sure to use the stick vac every day, just real quick to get the dirt/dust up.
Chrisrevchris on July 20th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Have you tried, after you clean it, applying a wax or acrylic floor sealer to possibly fill in some of the pits and texture so that it can't collect as much dirt?
Mirandasiren82 on July 20th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
sixcrkedhiways on July 20th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried, although I'm willing to. I wasn't sure if that would make our landlords mad or not.
Chrisrevchris on July 20th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
As long as the product you use is designed for the kind of floor you have, why would it make them mad? All you're doing is trying to better care for their floor (as well as save yourself some work).

You could always tell them the problem you're having, let them know what product you plan to use on it, and see if that's OK with them. They may also be able to tell you what kind of flooring it is if you're not sure, so that you can pick the correct product.

Edited at 2008-07-20 09:23 pm (UTC)
sixcrkedhiways on July 21st, 2008 12:39 am (UTC)
I thought maybe he'd be upset because I keep reading while I'm googling that people use these textured tiles in their kitchens for safety reasons, ie to reduce slipperiness. If that's true, I'd rather carpet my kitchen, because this is truly insane! Anyhow, I'll ask him. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try anything at this point!
mubmubeimmik on July 21st, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
We had textured floor in our kitchen, the wax doesn't make it more slippery, it just makes the grooves slightly less deep so less crap gets stuck in it.

If you go that route, I'd recommend stripping it completely and then sealing it because some of the dirty you might be seeing is actually built up nasty stuff from previous cleaning attempts (this was the case in our kitchen- it looked like we got a new floor after my mom stripped it).