Wednesday, September 06, 2006
So, you want to know how we are cleaning our 100 year old hex tile. No, you cannot power wash indoors I'm sorry to say. That would make life so much easier wouldn't it?
The only power we are using so far I'm afraid is the good old power o' elbows and the other old stand by "hands and knees."
Here you see Steve using his "power washing" technique. He galantly offered to take this job off my hands (and knees) because this solvent our contractor got us is very noxious (worse than denatured alcohol) and I have sensitive sinuses.
One of our little dogs came upstairs and started sniffling within 5 feet of the bathroom poor thing. And yes, I have delicate sinuses and I sanded wood all summer.
So we're trying this nasty solvent Omni MR186.
..and we're also trying this one from Home Depot. We used this for the first floor and it seemed to work pretty well. That and bleach. And Comet.
Steve is also cutting out the grout lines with a razor blade. Boy these tenants better appreciate all this.
But maybe we will look into some kind of power scrubbing tool. There has to be something out there. So many people find themselves in this situation dealing with grime-there must be something out there. If we find it, I'll let you know.
But for now, it's hands and knees.