If you have tile flooring throughout various rooms of your house or it’s simply in your bathroom, you probably already know how beneficial it is. Tile is durable, easy to maintain, cost-effective, stylish and long-lasting. In fact, the only real challenge that comes with tile flooring is making sure that it stays clean, especially when it comes to the grout that’s in between it.
Although it’s recommended that you hire a professional company to come and clean your tile once or twice a year, there are some things that you can do in-between times that will help to keep your tile and grout sparkling. If you’d like a few DIY tile and grout cleaning tips, we’ve provided you with a list of five of them below:
Do a preliminary cleaning first. Before you get to deep cleaning your tile and grout, the first thing that you should do is clean up the area around the flooring. This will prevent any additional dirt, dust or debris from falling onto the floor as you’re in the process of cleaning it. Once you’re done with the room itself, make sure that you sweep and mop the floor. That will help to remove the top layer of film off of it.
Make your own cleaning solution. Although there are a lot of tile and grout cleaning solutions that are on the market, if you’re someone who is eco-friendly and wants to keep toxic fumes out of your home while saving a few dollars in the process, we recommend that you make your own cleaning solution. There are several different kinds that you can try: hot water, vinegar and lemon juice; eco-friendly dish detergent and water and even rubbing alcohol and hot water. You can read how to make these recipes by going to Voices.Yahoo.com and putting “homemade tile flooring cleaning solutions” in the search field.
Wet the floor and clean it. Once your solution is ready, the next thing that you need to do is wet the floor so that you can apply the solution and start cleaning. It’s OK if you saturate your flooring. Just make sure that it doesn’t seep over into any nearby carpeting that you may have. Then apply your homemade cleaning solution and use a nylon bristle brush to scrub the floor. Be sure to pay special attention to the grout and if necessary, put a bit of baking soda onto your brush. That helps to pull up any grime that may be stuck in the grout.
Use some hydrogen peroxide. If you had carpeting that had deep-rooted stains in them, you might use a product like Chem-Dry to remove them. Well, if while cleaning grout you notice that there are some stains that simply will not go away, mix a half-and-half solution of water and 35 percent hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray the solution wherever you notice stains and leave it to penetrate your flooring overnight. The next day, you should see a noticeable difference.
Rinse clean. Now you’re ready to rinse your flooring with some warm water and your tiles (and grout) should look good as new! For more information on where to get tools to clean your tile and grout, visit your local home improvement store.