Tiles have many uses they can be used in art pieces, on the sidewalks and in your home. More specifically you can put them almost everywhere in your home as there are many different tile types. Commonly you can see tiles in your kitchen, in your bathroom or on the floor of your home. Tiles are the preferred choice because they are not only stylish and have diverse uses, they are also easy to maintain and clean. Besides the weekly vacuum/mop, every once in awhile, they may need a deep clean because they have accumulated dust and dirt and you could hire a professional tile cleaner, but they are pretty easy to deep clean yourselves. Thus, here are 10 tips that have worked for decades.
If a stain just isn’t coming up in your usual wet cleaning process, the first thing you should try on your standard tiles is acid-base like vinegar. Vinegar is one of the most natural cleaning solutions that tackle tough stains. To create this solution mix white vinegar with water at a 1:1 ratio (meaning add ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar) in a spray bottle. Then spray grout or tile with the solution and to finish the process use a toothbrush to tackle spot stains if necessary.
Lemons are that everyday household item that you can use in your cooking and surprising in your cleaning as well. Lemons again are an acidic base and they have many uses for cleaning your house, in particular when cleaning your bathroom tiles and grout. They can be one of the best ingredients for tile cleaning. You can use lemon juice in two ways to clean your tiles.
- Either Spray it directly onto the grout and wipe away immediately with a wet microfiber cloth.
- Create a paste with baking soda (about a 1:2 ratio lemon to baking soda) and scrub with a toothbrush.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a mild alkali agent that absorbs grime and makes it dissolvable in liquid solutions and water. Commonly used for tough dirt and grease stains on your floors or within your kitchen but can be used on all tiles. To use baking powder as a cleaning agent create a 2:1 paste of baking soda and water, apply to stains, tiles or grout and leave overnight. In the morning, scrub paste away with a cloth and hot water.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
If you have coarse or marble-like tiles it is important to note that using acidic bases like mentioned above will damage your tiles. Therefore, it is suggested that you use hydrogen peroxide, a disinfecting cleaning agent. To use hydrogen peroxide, create a paste with baking soda of a 2:1 ratio and again leave overnight. Wash away in the morning with hot water.
For stains that have just appeared in your grout or very light stains, one of the best ways to get rid of them is with sandpaper. However, you must use sandpaper with caution as you do not want to scratch or damage your tiles. Thus it is recommended you use light coarse sandpaper and that you fold it so it fits in your grout’s width before sanding your grout.
6. Silicone Based Grout Sealant
The best way to protect your grout from stains is to apply a silicone-based grout cleaner at least once a year, however, it is preferred that you apply it every six months. This is particularly useful for high trafficked areas because it prevents moisture from seeping into the grout and the grout deteriorating from under the tile.
If you have light yellowish stains or wax build-up from polished wood-based furniture, one of the most vintage ways to remove this build-up is with ammonia. Ammonia is used in industrial strength cleaning supplies and is a purification chemical. Thus, you must be careful when using this, in particular, make sure that has no contact with your skin or it may get irritated. To use dilute with hot water at 1:8 ratio, pour the solution onto a cloth and wipe build up in a circular motion. Let the solution sit for five minutes before wiping away with a different clean and damp cloth.
8. Methylated Spirits
If your soapy solution is leaving a thin film when mopping your floors or cleaning your tiles, the methylated spirit is an item that can combat this. To use create a solution of 1:1 with hot water and then clean your tiles as normal. It’s important to note that this will replace your soap-based products in your wet cleaning process.
9. Club Soda
For grease stains that are lingering around, you probably need a degreaser. One of the most vintage degreasers in the market is Club Soda. Club Soda was previously used as a degreaser because of carbonate properties that allowed it to react with grease stains and make them easier to wipe away. Today Club Sodas still hold the same properties, but to make it more efficient dilute it with some water and scrub stains with a cloth.
10. Microfibre Duster
Finally, microfibre dusters or cloths must be the most classic on-trend cleaning hack there is. Microfibres are a great way to quickly clean up dust or dirt without a vacuum as they quickly absorb dust, dirt and even hairs without wiping them to the new destination. This hack is a great way to clean tiles before anything sets on them or into them.
So next time you have a stain on your tiles or need to deep clean them make sure to take these 10 tips into consideration.
November 6, 2019