Tile can make a kitchen, bath or foyer look great, but typical traffic can wear down you grout and give it a dull look. It collects dirt, and grows mold after time. No one wants to think about their floor tub stall or walls being laden with mold and dirt, so many folks have set their minds to the best way to clean your tile and grout. Each method is based in a different school of thought. I hope that one of our methods will work for you.
Blinded by science!
You will need: baking soda, white vinegar in a spray bottle, scrub brush, small bucket of water, rags
Sprinkle baking soda on your grout. Spray liberally with the vinegar in the spray bottle. This completely safe chemical reaction does all the work. The mixture will bubble for a few minutes. Lightly to work the goo out. Wipe it up with a clean damp rag, and voila’ clean white grout! Repeat as needed.
Many people choose tile flooring in their homes because it is attractive and very durable. In order to maintain it’s beautiful appearance, it’s important to keep it clean. Try these tips to help keep your tile looking new.
Keep dirt off your tile floor
Your tile’s first line of defense against dirt is a doormat. According to the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), dirt that is tracked across tile flooring will act as sandpaper and wear away the finished surface. By keeping doormats or area rugs inside every door of your house, you can prevent excessive dirt from coming into contact with your tile floor.
Doormats won’t keep all the dirt out, so regular maintenance is the next step in keeping tile floors clean.
- Sweep or vacuum up debris at least once a week, more often is better
- Use a damp paper towel or sponge to wipe up any wet or sticky messes
- Damp mop your floors weekly, all you need is a mop and warm water
Cleaning regularly can help to prevent serious dirt buildup and hard-to-remove stains, which are much more difficult and time consuming than day-to-day maintenance tasks.
Deep clean tough spots
Ground-in dirt may require a little more elbow grease. If you have textured tile, you may need to use a soft-bristle brush or scrubber sponge. Avoid highly abrasive tools such as steel wool or scrubbing powders, which can permanently scratch the surface of your tile. Once your tile floor is free of dirt, rinse away any residue with clean, warm water.
Sometimes a professional tile cleaning is in order
A professional is able to thoroughly and safely deep clean your tile, stone, and grout. With access to safe cleaners, highly effective equipment, and grout sealing products, All you need to do is regular upkeep and maintenance to enjoy your sparkling clean tile.