Shower traction tile cleaning tips?

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I'm really regretting my tile decision for our bathroom showers.  We have a tile floor to the shower. 8x8 white tiles, raised like a hershey bar in little 2 inch squares with intentional pocking or rough surface for traction. 

The issue - we are in an area for outdoor activities - hiking, mountain biking.  So guests go out, come back muddy, and take a shower afterwards. Tons of red mud and little tiny stones that get caught in the pocked areas. Arrg...Our assistant has done a wonderful job of attacking with a scrub broom, but it takes her a while. 

I'd like to see if we can come up with a different system that takes less time.  Ideas?  I've never used a steam cleaner - do you think it would help on a surface like that?

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Dishwasher detergent and a nylon scrub brush finally got my shower pan clean in my personal shower (it has a surface to prevent slipping that somehow holds soap residue very quickly and then looks dirty).  Oxy didn't work on that really at all.

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Yeah, that's about what we're doing now with a nylon broom.  You're right, it works...just looking for, well, a magic cleaning wand....

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we have a hand held steam cleaner - find it excellent for blasting muck out of awkward places like the tracks of shower doors - only $40 and you can use it all over like you cooker hood and so on might be worth a try.

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Thanks...

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Wet vac? Vacuum first and then go in to clean?

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I'm thinking oxy and a scrub brush?  Depending on how many showers and how big an area, you might consider talking to a tile guy to redo just those floor tiles.  Life is too short.

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oxy and a scrub brush is good for tile cleaning.

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smiley tile re-do...we just finished construction last year, I don't think I could bring myself to rip it up and out yet...but still probably one of those things I look back on and wish I changed earlier.

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Seems I have lived my life in remodel projects...I have gotten to a place where when I see that something is not working it goes.  The day to day grief is just not worth it for me. 

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I don't think steam would help much. What you need is a high-pressure water jet (aka power washer). You can probably get a small electric one with about 1000 psi that'll blast the crud out of there.... I have no experience with this, just a thought.

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