My Tile Miracle!
March 15, 2013
My tile is gross! Or rather, my tile was gross. One of the greatest perks of working for the best tile cleaner in Fresno is that I get an excellent tile cleaning once a year. Yep! It’s good to be me!
I’m not actually bragging. If you had seen my tile yesterday you would have said, “Girl! You need to get that tile cleaned!” I really do try to keep up with it. I sweep it, vacuum it, mop it. I tell you, I’m on it. Unfortunately, so is the rest of my family. They’re on it spilling milk. They’re on it painting pictures. They’re on it with muddy feet. Someone’s even on it with her dirty little Poodle paws. It looks like I haven’t cleaned it for a year.
The really discouraging part is that the tile is only a year and a half old. We had it installed when we moved in and I, personally, spent two days on my hands and knees sealing the grout. A chore that most definitely did not see its reward in long term benefits. That grout looks as dark and dirty as a little boy’s finger nails in the middle of summer vacation. I really didn’t want to spend two more days on my hands and knees scrubbing that grout if I could avoid it. Especially at the ridiculous rate it would get dirty again.
It was time to call in my “perk”. Well Aaron, being the great boss that he is, got my house on the cleaning schedule and yesterday was the day. My husband and I spent the previous evening moving furniture in anticipation of the miraculous contrast we were soon to behold.
Walter, one of Aaron’s very hard working technicians, came into my house and sprayed a wonderful product called Viper Venom onto a portion of my tile. Like its name suggests, this solution is caustic enough to eat its way through any build-up it encounters without, of course, damaging the tile or grout.
Walter let that sit for a bit and then proceeded to scrub and pressure-wash the tile with the big Rotary Extractor. This is a machine that heats the water up to 240 degrees, hot enough not only to break down soils but to kill any bacteria that could be (heaven forbid) living on my floor. Once scrubbed and clean it then sucked all the yucky water back out to the holding tank in the van for proper disposal.
The few little grout areas that did not come clean during this process were then attacked with another product called Viper Renew, and a bit of elbow grease on Walter’s part. Viper Renew is a restorative acid saved for those rare cases (I’m so rare!) where the grout is ground in with dirt in such a way that it won’t come clean with the regular process. It is scrubbed into the grout and basically works by etching away the top, dirty layer. When the clean grout is revealed, then a neutralizer is used to stop the acid. Voila! Clean grout!
Well, Walter industriously worked his way from the back to the front of my house and then right out the door. No footprints or nothing! I must admit I was tempted to lock my kids out and simply allow them to grow up in the beautiful outdoors. Say, the backyard?!
Instead, I replaced my door mats. One both outside and inside every door leading into the house. Then I warned all three children of the motherly dangers awaiting them if I found even one crumb of food on the floor in the next 24 hours. We entered the sacred residence and gasped in disbelief. Was this really our house? We rechecked the address and then cautiously placed our now stockinged feet carefully inside.
What a difference! It was like clean people lived here. The smell was a little strong, but only served to remind me of the extravagant process my floors had just undergone. When my husband came home he joined us in marveling at our newly cleaned tile. Could it be? You think I’m joking, and I maybe I am a bit “tongue-in-cheek”, but you had to be there!
The best part was when I came out later in bare feet. The feeling was indescribable. It’s not like the floor was sticky or grimy feeling before. After all, I am not a slacker when it comes to keeping up with the house. Well … not usually anyway. But this feeling on the soles of my feet was a clean I had never felt before. I was most definitely standing on something “next to godliness”!
If you have a house full of tile, or even just a couple bathrooms, then you most definitely have to have Aaron’s out to clean it. The difference is shocking! I’ve already marked my calendar for next year so I can cash in my “perk” once again!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger California