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Monday, December 22, 2014

Question

The baseboards and corners of our marble floors are very dirty. The dirt accumulated over time because of low quality cleaning. Is there a specific machine or chemical to solve such a problem?


Answer

Sounds like a job for good olí detergent solution and elbow grease. Actually, there are lots of ways to approach the challenge including: steam vapor, automated baseboard cleaning machines, and clinging-foam spray and a doodlebug. If you choose a hand method, your best bet is to provide adequate contact time and agitation.
You could mix up a heavy duty cleaner in a pump-up sprayer. Apply it liberally to the baseboard and edges and allow it to set 10 minutes. Spray a second time and begin scrubbing with a brush or doodlebug. Wet vac and rinse, or follow with a spray rinse of baseboards using an autoscrubber for pickup.
Since it is marble, you will undoubtedly avoid using any acid-based product. And once the mess is cleaned up, a lesson in proper mopping technique is in order.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112
www.nationalproclean.com