Do you often feel like the grime on your tiles has suddenly crept up on you?
One day, you’re marveling at the shiny, clean tiles of your home, and the next day, out of nowhere, your floor seems to be covered in dirt.
While tiles are a great idea for places in your home like kitchens, bathrooms and flooring, they are prone to getting wet. Without proper care over time, they tend to quickly get dull and discolored.
The grout between tiles, unless regularly checked, accumulates moisture and becomes a breeding place for germs, bacteria and mildew. It is especially in bathroom flooring that soapy residue collects in the grout, making your clear tiles look cloudy and stained.
However, you need not stress because with the tips we’re about to show you, your floors will be sparkling like new in no time!
Make sure to put on a pair of gloves before you start in order to protect your skin.
Some of these might require a bit of elbow-grease, but as they say, “No pain, no gain!”
You’ll also need an old (preferably electric) toothbrush if you mean to focus on a small area, otherwise get yourself a cleaning mop or a soft rag.
Identifying Your Floor Type
The first step to cleaning your floor is to identify what kind of tile you have.
Ceramic, vinyl and stone tiles all need slightly different cleaning techniques.
Below are a few ways you can rid your floors of grime stains, according to the type of tile you have at home:
Tiles made of marble, granite, travertine, slate or any other natural calcite-based stones might get damaged if cleaned with just about any solutions not meant specifically for stone.
A tablespoon of Murphy oil soap mixed with about two gallons of warm water and sprayed onto the tile surface generally does the trick for thick stone stains.
Wipe with a soft cotton towel in firm circular motions for maximum cleanse. Alternatively, brushing the tiles and grout with a whitening toothpaste will also take care of mild spots.
An electric toothbrush will greatly reduce effort, and the circular motions of the bristles will clean and bring shine in no time.
These tiles are the easiest to clean, and generally even a damp mop works for simple dirt. However, for more persistent stains, first sprinkle baking soda onto the tiles and then spray them with white vinegar from an old spray bottle if you have any lying around.
Scrub thoroughly. Otherwise, mix equal parts scouring powder and warm water into a paste and after application onto the tile either with a toothbrush or a clean cloth, wait for five to ten minutes. Scrub the area with a toothbrush in circular motions and then wash with warm water and wipe dry.
Half a cup of plain rubbing alcohol with a gallon of heated water also cuts through the accumulated grease while disinfecting your floor as well. Dry and buff with a soft towel to give your floors a fresh glow.
Break down embedded floor dirt with a mix of half cup white vinegar against about a gallon of water and mop the floor thoroughly. Ammonia solution is also an equally effective cleansing agent for mopping vinyl floors clean.
Cleaning The Grout
A paste made of one part hydrogen peroxide and three parts baking soda works wonders on grout. Apply it with a toothbrush to the space between the tiles, and after letting it sit for about fifteen minutes, intensively clean the area. After completely drying the ground, seal the area with grout sealer to prevent future absorption of dirt.
With these simple and effective tricks for cleaning your tiles, your floor will be sparkling like the rest of your happy, healthy home.