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Tile Cleaning

Updated on September 21, 2010

 Tile cleaning is usually a job that needs to be done every 2 to 3 months in order to keep those tiles looking clean and dirt free weather ceramic tiles, stone tiles or granite. You will notice that indoor tiles will get some heavy traffic from family members and the odd guest that may track dirt throughout the house.

 Even though you keep your tiles clean on a daily basis, over time they will tend to get ingrained dirt that embeds itself into the grout of your tiles, so every now and then you may need to deep cleanse your tile floor to remove those hard to get stains. So let's find out how to clean tile floors, and do some tile and grout cleaning using basic items found in the home. Why spend money on a tile cleaning machine when you can do it yourself for next to no cost at all.

Common Items

 Cleaning tile floors is a easy to do process, most house hold common cleaners can be used. This tile grout cleaning method can be done in less than 2 hours tops. It can be used for cleaning ceramic tile floors or granite. OK here is a method one can use, simply fill a bucket with warm water add some baking soda to the mix and proceed to mop the floor tiles. the properties in the soda will loosen the dirt for easier removal. For more trickier stains try opening all windows ,as you will need some ventilation throughout the room. Now using bleach sprinkle this over the tiles making sure you get into the grout as well, go over with a wet mop, let it sit for a couple of minutes and mop clean. If all fails try and use the above methods but this time using a lite abrasive such as a washing scrubber lightly scrub over the stain and mop away.


Chemical mix

 Here is one for those of you who tend to like chemistry, don't worry it's not explosive. Simply get on e cup of ammonia a cup of baking soda one 1/2 cup of vinegar, 9 to 10 cups of water and proceed to mix this in a old bowl and pour contents into a spray bottle. Spray the stained area and then let it sit for 5 minutes and wipe clean with a clean cloth. This is a great solution to keep those tiles looking their best  regular use of this solution  will stop the build up of any nasty stains occurring in the future. So all you need to do in between that is maintain your tile floor with a good clean over with a mop and a little washing solution. There are commercial cleaning solutions one can purchase from your local store, if you are going to buy a cleaning product make sure you purchase one that is right for your tiles. And you are fully aware of the instructions and how to use it.


Putting methods to use

 But why do you need to go and buy a product when you most likely have all the things you require at home, or that can be purchased for next to nothing . So before you go and splash out on cleaning products try and advocate some of the methods above first. Each one can be used for mild to ingrain stains and is totally safe to use on your tiles. Always check first with manufactures instructions as some tiles maybe plastic or wax covered and may require other methods for cleaning such as pool tile cleaning that has a certain type of cleaning solution that must be used., But the majority of  indoor tiles can be cleaned  with basic household solutions as shown above.

Cleaning Tiles


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