How do I deep clean my floor?


Even after scrubbing my floor it still looks dirty, the tile has a lot of dips and grooves that over the years have just collected dirt. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

q how do i deep clean my floor
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  • A vinegar/water solution would help, but you have to scrub it. I would rent a steamer.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jul 02, 2020

    Hi Wendy, check out these floor scrubbers. I have one and love it. Floor scrubbing machine:

    You are going to want to get a floor scrubbing machine. I have a very old one but it works so well... I love it! Something like this....

    This is a multiuse machine as well so you can buff hardwood floors too.

    You will get a great scrub and you don't have to scrub on your hands and knees!

    I have heard great things about the steamers as well. I don't yet have a floor steamer so I can't personally attest to it. But I heard it can get the dirt that is in tile pits. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 02, 2020

    Hello there,

    Buy yourself a STEAM Cleaner! Wonderful eco way to clean everything - almost!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 02, 2020

    A floor scrubber would be ideal for this. I have a steamer and that does a good job, especially on corners. The floor scrubber would loosen the dirt and get it up.

  • William William on Jul 02, 2020

    it may just be the tile style of tile. Made to look like stone. Try one cup of lemon scented ammonia to on gallon hot water. I like to use a sponge mop. Awesome Floor Cleaner from the dollar store is a powerful cleaner.

  • Baxter Baxter on Jul 02, 2020

    I ended up using my Carpet Cleaner machine on my kitchen floors after trying to scrub, steam, kill myself trying to get out the deep-seated crud from the tile that previous owners had left. It required some extra time wiping off around the cabinets, bases & doors (soap/water splattered on them) but that was an easy trade off Best idea I ever had and my floors are easy to maintain since the old built-up crud is gone.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 02, 2020

    Mop liberally with this solution:

    1 cup baking soda

    1 cup white cleaning vinegar

    1 Tbsp blue Dawn

    2 gallons hot water (I boil about 1/3 of mine)

  • Janice Janice on Jul 02, 2020

    A machine that has scrubbing brushes will get into those crevices and low spots. I use my rug shampooer on mine with a solution of vinegar and water, no soap and use the hottest water I can get. Go over the floor slowly with the machine, suck up the water and then use some old terry cloth towels to "foot mop" the floor dry I think you'll be pleased!

  • Cathy Cathy on Jul 02, 2020

    Strong oxyclean solution with a scrub brush and let soak in for 30 minutes. The hard part is mopping is up over and over with clean water to get all the dirt up.

  • Patty Patty on Jul 02, 2020

    Mom had a really bad floor once in one of the houses we were assigned (daddy was career military). She stripped it with ammonia and fine steel wool. She could only do a few squares a day, but man, all that gunk came up and the floor went from yellow to white! It is funny what you remember from your childhood...I can still see her doing her 1950's pedal pushers!

  • Baking soda and peroxide is a miracle on grout, maybe it’ll help the tiles as well.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jul 02, 2020

    Hi Wendy, hope this helps you get your floor clean.

    How to Get Embedded Dirt Out of Pitted Vinyl Flooring | Home ... › ... › Home Cleaning

    A gentler method is best to get embedded dirt out of vinyl floors. Vacuum any loose debris from the floor using a brush attachment designed for flooring -- not a power head. Wash the floor with warm water and a wringer-style sponge mop. Douse and wring the mop repeatedly to clean it using fresh water.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 04, 2020


    Believe it or not I use my carpet cleaner on my floors. It has scrubber brushes. My floors have a pattern almost like yours. It even cleans the grout. I have used Simple Green and Purple Power. I eventually bought Mapei's grout refresh and changed the color of my grout. It is a tedious job but not hard.

  • Carolyn Carolyn on Jul 09, 2020

    I use "Spot Shot". (carpet stain remover) Just spray it on and let it sit 10-15 minutes and mop. It will clean those natural cracks and crevices in stone tile and the grout. You may have to mop a couple of times, it may be sticky.

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