For over 18 years, I managed a high-rise facility in Seattle and had dealings with every type of vendor; HVAC; Plumbers; Electricians; Painters; Flooring Providers; Construction Crews For Our Tenant Improvements & Janitorial Crews.
For 3 years, I sold janitorial supplies & equipment
For over 10 years I have run every aspect of my restorative floor care business, Dr. Clean Home Care.
For over 10 years, I have been certified in all of Dr. Clean’s provided services.
Having dealt with every trade; various installers; equipment; supplies, and what works well and what doesn’t, one thing was very apparent – Very few delivered, although each one had a similar talk and presentation.
I want to help you understand why having an expert help you with your DIY project is a good idea. Below are a few tips on things to watch out for, questions to ask, and information to know before you start. When it comes time for us to work together, I’ll make sure you have everything you need to know lined up for your project.
The “Bad” and the “Very Ugly” – an internet search is typically not the best place to start your project. Do a search for DIY Stone Floor Cleaning and you’ll find multiple guides with different answers on floor cleaning. Most of these are not done by experts as they would rather you hire their company to do the cleaning than teach you to do it yourself.
Often, DIY-ers turn to the internet for “how to” guides. The problem is, anyone can post any information they want online and be perceived as an expert. In my searching, most of these guides range from slightly missing the mark to wildly inaccurate.
The “Good” – My goal is to keep you away from the “bad” and “ugly” parts of your flooring project. I’ve added a few tips below. These are a small sampling of what hiring me to be your surface cleaning project “coach” would provide.
Question: What Does PH & Ounces Per Gallon Have To Do With My Project?
Answer: Everything! This is the basic building block of understanding floor care
Question: How many ounces do I put in my water?
Answer: If you don’t understand how many ounces in a gallon (quart, liter, etc.) you won’t be able to apply the correct solutions to your flooring. The PH has to do with how the cleaning solutions are rated and the surface for those solutions being applied.
Where are Alkaline solutions applied?
Where are Acid solutions applied?
What about Degreasers?
Are all Alkaline, Acids & Degreasers created equal?
Why do I want to have a neutral PH on my flooring surface?
How do I really maintain my flooring for maximum long life?
These are all valid questions that true professionals understand the answer to. Just like a lawyer, doctor or engineer has class time, lab time and practical, I have gone through the time and education to know how these things work together.
Even a straight forward tile or stone cleaning procedure can go a little south. Here are the base questions one needs to find answers to before starting their own cleaning project:
What’s in the grout?
What’s on the surface?
What’s in the surface?
This isn’t as easy as knowing one or two of the answers. You’ll need to know all three to effectively and safely clean your stone and grout.