Stains, Mopping, Wiping, Ironing, Cleaning/question about cleaning floors

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Hi.  I have a question about using steam to clean wood and tile floors.  Is this really effective?  I'm considering buying the new Swiffer Bissell Steam Boost.  Thanks

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The problem with using steam to clean wood is that it can cause the wood to swell from the moisture. While the wood will usually return in dimension to its dried state, you can cause problems such as movement resulting in squeaks because the wood has expanded at the joints (that is where it is nailed/stapled or glued) or crushed edges as the wood joints expand against each other. As far as tile goes, if it is ceramic tile, then it should not be a problem. Vinyl tile or vinyl composition tile should also not be affected, but you may cause some loss of adhesion at the joints as the tile expands. I would save your money and clean the your floors using whatever your flooring manufacturer tells you to use on the floor. This way you don't void warranties.
If you need more help, let me know.

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3m Certified carpet cleaning instructor can answer questions regarding spots/stains on carpet and other floor coverings and possible ways to remove same. Can also answer questions with regard to upholstery cleaning. I do not recommend specific name brands, companies or products.

Experience

10 years as a Former 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Instructor. Certified flooring inspector for major mills 1985-present.

Organizations
Floor Covering Inspector Training School; FCITS Floor Covering Inspection Technical Services; FITS Certified Claims Inspectors Association; CCIA

Publications
Hartford Courant

Education/Credentials
B.S. Chemistry 1971 A.S. Physical Science 1969 Armstrong Certified Installer 1972 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Specialist 1976 FCITS Certified in Carpet and Hard Surface, Commercial and Residential

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GE, Phoenix Insurance Group, McDonalds Corp, WTNH, US NAVY, Xerox, Time Warner, Pitney Bowes, Conair, Yale New Haven Hospital, UCONN, Price Waterhouse, PepsiCo

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