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Questions on cleaning tile/non-carpeted flooring.....
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Post# 439497   3/7/2021 at 13:36 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

I have a couple of questions for the folks here. I know some own their own cleaning businesses so I am hoping to get some helpful information.

The first is: my husband and I are of the age group that still uses hairspray. We're lucky to still have hair! We have a tile floor in the master bath and I'm wondering what is the best way to clean the dried hairspray off the floor? I've been using a very strong solution of ammonia, (hard on the eyes and lungs), Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and using my Bissell Crosswave to suck up dirty solution. Then I rinse with diluted floor cleaner, again using the Bissell. It seems really time-consuming. Is there a better way? We use industrial-type hairspray so after a week or so there is a pretty good build-up.

The other is: I like the Bissell Crosswave but it seems so, "Junior Barbie Starter Kit Floor Cleaner" if you know what I mean--very plasticky, overall quality so-so, terrible with edges and designed for the lowest common denominator. Most of these floor cleaners are extracting as fast as the solution is going on the floor so there is no way to let the spinning brush roll really clean the floor without the soap solution being sucked up right away.

Does any company make a floor cleaner with separate controls for cleaning/scrubbing and for extracting? I would like to be able to run the scrubbing part for as long as necessary depending on what type of floor and amount of dirt then elect to start extracting when I think it is ready.

If anyone can help with these questions, please do! I am not opposed to a commercial machine if that is what it takes.


Post# 439501 , Reply# 1   3/7/2021 at 14:19 by luxflairguy (Wilmington, NC)        

Have you tried a BONA mop and solution? It really cuts through gunk. Also try spraying the floor with 409 and then use a wet Bona mop on it to wash and THEN rinse the floor. I clean a home with a woman who uses lots of hairspray and this cuts it well. Greg

Post# 439505 , Reply# 2   3/7/2021 at 14:39 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

I have used BONA but I thought it was for simple maintenance and not heavy cleaning. Maybe I'm using the wrong solution. I'll try the 409 next time and see how it works.

I have even thought of covering the tile with a clear coat paint on. It would seal it and make it easy to clean---if that can be done.

Post# 439508 , Reply# 3   3/7/2021 at 15:00 by beagledad (Florida)        

Would it be possible to apply the hairspray in the shower? That way avoiding the situation all together.

Post# 439509 , Reply# 4   3/7/2021 at 15:08 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

Possible but probably not practical. We've been dealing with this for nearly 35 years as a couple. We use way less than the early years. In a few years, I'll be taking the shaved head route!

We just built this house and I want to keep it as nice as possible.

Post# 439510 , Reply# 5   3/7/2021 at 15:11 by sanc (USA)        

Have you looked at the Lindhaus floor scrubbers? Probably overkill unless you have a lot of area to cover but it looks professional grade. I think it allows you to turn off the suction and just scrub which would probably help.


Post# 439513 , Reply# 6   3/7/2021 at 16:21 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

Hey.....this might be the answer:


Post# 439523 , Reply# 7   3/7/2021 at 18:40 by Gman (Ripon, CA)        
Karcher is garbage

I bought one one those Karcher floor cleaners, and it is currently in the Goodwill pile!

1000 times worse than a Bissell Crosswave, donít waste your money. It leaks,, hardly gets any moisture down on the floor and the recovery tank is tiny. I have never been more disappointed and actually purchased a Bissell to replace it.

Post# 439528 , Reply# 8   3/7/2021 at 21:25 by gregvacs28 (U.S.)        

How the "mighty have fallen"

It seems like a couple of years ago those were so reliable. Times change.

And Bissell with things like the Cross-wave is a real innovator.

Post# 439617 , Reply# 9   3/10/2021 at 12:01 by sanitaire (anchorage, alaska)        

how about a commercial steamer from dupray steamer. has a big enough tank for carpets and furnatire. great for grout and hard surface.. just plain water

Post# 439620 , Reply# 10   3/10/2021 at 16:11 by ridgidwd0670 (se wood co ohio)        

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U can use a Thermax with vibrating brush

Or U can use a Electrolux floor scrubber & Craftsman CMXEVBE17590 wet/dry shop vac

Post# 439621 , Reply# 11   3/10/2021 at 16:41 by ralph123 (Little Rock, AR)        

How about

Post# 439627 , Reply# 12   3/10/2021 at 18:06 by gregvacs28 (U.S.)        
original question

" husband and I are of the age group that still uses hairspray. ..... We have a tile floor in the master bath and I'm wondering what is the best way to clean the dried hairspray off the floor?..."

If it were me for the future: take that hair spray outside when you apply it so any over spray floats away and you don't have the mess in the house at all.


before you're going to apply it have a dedicated sheet balled up in a drawer or on a shelf near by so when you're going to spray, lay down the sheet and let the sheet catch the gunk, then after a few minutes and the air has settled just roll it back up. When you want just throw it in the laundry.

I certainly wouldn't want that starchy gunk on my floors ever. It gets on your feet and then it gets tracked onto rugs and carpets... it's a mess.

Have you tried mousse or gel?

Post# 439628 , Reply# 13   3/10/2021 at 19:39 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

We use mousse and gel in conjunction with the spray. As I said we are older and glad to hair at all. We've done the sheet thing..........PIA. As for going outside--its a bit of a trek and no mirrors. The foot thing has never been a problem since the early 1970s.

Worst case scenario, bump up the pay for the housekeeper who won't do it now. Make it worthwhile. I'm too old and I can pay!

Post# 439957 , Reply# 14   3/18/2021 at 09:45 by ryan1994jeep (Georgia)        
My suggestions...

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I have a Hoover Floormate that has the scrubbing function. It lowers the spinning brushes closer to the floor and turns off the suction. Unfortunately, I think it was only available as a QVC exclusive model. Which Iím sure is no longer available. I personally prefer the Floormate over the Crosswave.

Cleaner wise I recommend Pinalen. That stuff is amazing and thereís not much it canít cut through. And a million times better than Pine-Sol.

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