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​Cleaning floor tile- $1 to $3 a square foot. Are you nuts???

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I was rather amazed when I looked at some blogs that covered Tile cleaning cost. A few blogs put a range of $1 to $3 a square foot. Personally I think that was mentioned so you could get a quote from one or more companies they represent and be pleased when they quote the mean price of $1.25 to $1.75 per foot in San Diego. Tile cleaning is relatively simple but grout cleaning is the most difficult part of the process and can be the up to 60% of the total cost; especially if it has to be replaced or scraped and refilled. Bottom line, tile cleaning is a business that is time consuming and costly. That said, If you have the time, I can offer a solution.

If you have even the slightest bit of mechanical skills tile and grout cleaning can be done yourself for about 25% of the cost of having a pro do it. Man or woman, anybody with a little patience and little coordination you can make your floors look almost new and deep clean your grout easily and effectively. 

Depending on your OCD level, I have 2 suggestions to achieve your desired individual results.

If you are highly OCD or desire a like new restoration, expect to pay through the nose. You will need professional tile help that is good with Muriatic Acid, grout restoration and sealing skills. You will be the one paying $1.50 to $3 a foot, or a minimum of $200 even for a small 5 x 8 section. To Guesstimate your cost: map the floor, an average tile is about 1 foot by 1 foot. Add up the tiles and multiply by $1.50; $3.00 if it is really bad. Once you fall off your calculator, take a look at your 2nd option.

2nd option; If you are like the majority of us that want to take off the build up, old wax or sealers and deep clean your tile then you are a candidate for Do It Yourself (DIY) and save a bundle. You need 3 things;

1) A floor machine, I recommend the Orbiter This machine moves in 3 directions at once, provides 6 times the scrubbing action with little to no effort on part of the user and is extremely easy to control.

  • You can buy the Orbiter and the attachments needed to deep clean your tile for $500 or less and then you can use the machine to clean almost every other flooring surface you have, indoors and outdoors using additional optional attachments. Needless to say, the Orbiter is extremely versatile. (I could go on for days) 
  • You can rent the Orbiter for a 2 day job for under $100 with attachments for tile cleaning.

2) Rent a water extractor or wet/dry vacuum to clean up the extremely dirty slurry you will create using the Orbiter

3) Lots of rags to dry mop the floor using the Orbiter; old T-shirts work best. 

4) Stripping and sealing products. These are readily available at Lowes or Home Depot You may also be able to rent a floor drying fan if you want to get it all done in one day. 

Total DIY cost for 1000 square feet of flooring, about $250. Compare that to your OCD self paying $1500 to $3000 for the same floor to get minimally better results. My recommendation, buy the machine and take the savings and pay a psychiatrist to get you through the OCD.

Oh yeah, you have a 3rd option; you could pay me $1 a foot to get the same results you can get on your own. I am house broke and rather friendly. I would also enjoy spending my day with you. Write or call with your questions or thoughts.

Have a blessed day,


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