No Rinse Tile Cleaner! Really?
June 27, 2013
When we first moved to Fresno and replaced the white carpet in our new home with tile I was thrilled. No more carpet stains to worry about. No more dirt collecting in the fibers. Just smooth, clean, easy to care for tile. I immediately began looking for the best ways to maintain that tile.
Well, upon my husband’s advice, I stopped by a “store which shall not be named” and presented the store’s agent with my new tile cleaning needs. He immediately whisked out a long, wide mop, that looked a lot like a push broom, and a spray bottle. Then he took me over to an area where a laminate floor was set up for demonstrations. He proceeded to show me how well the mop and products worked together to keep hard floors clean.
I was amazed. NO RINSING! Just spray on the product, swish the mop around and I’m done. I was sold!
When things seem too good to be true … they usually are. I must admit that my desire for an easy clean made me a very willing target for this mop/product combo. We’re all like that though, aren’t we? Getting a good clean while expending the least amount of time and energy possible is efficient and smart.
But think about it with me for a moment. If I don’t rinse the product off my tile, then where does the product go? Where does the dirt go? Ha! It doesn’t GO anywhere. It stays right there on top of my tile, layering up until the whole house looks dingy and gross.
I know my dishes need to be rinsed after they’re washed, and my laundry must go through a rinse cycle. We rinse our cars after we wash them. Why on earth would I think my floor doesn’t need to be rinsed as well? I know why … wishful thinking! Rinsing makes the whole floor cleaning process take twice as long.
And now there is one more thing to consider. No matter how many times you rinse your tile floor, the water left behind will still hold at least some of the dirt residue. Maybe even product residue that works to re-attract soils more quickly.
When you’re done with all that cleaning and rinsing, dry the floor. You’ll be amazed at how much dirt you see on that drying towel. But why let it sit there layering up when a quick swipe over the floor at the end of your ministrations will remove that much more dirt?
Although I do not like this new time-consuming, cleaning process, I do like the way my tile looks in the long run. And with my children it is still way better than trying to keep up with white carpet.
So, I’m sorry to say that I offer you no easy solutions. But, if you find yourself in the same dilemma I did, then Aaron’s Quality Cleaners can “wipe your slate clean” and give you a chance to start over. Their high-powered equipment, combined with their grime-eating products, and of course their amazing rinsing abilities, can give your tile a fresh, clean, no-more-grimy-layers start. Falling victim to gimmicks is just part of life. But I hope posting about mine will help you to avoid making the same mistakes in your home.
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