Dull, dirty floor and wall tiles can turn a bathroom from a relaxing haven to sanitarily suspect. The same applies to your kitchen, especially if your kitchen tile still has grease or soap scum staining about. The good news is that tile, particularly the ceramic and porcelain tile popular in these rooms, can be easy to clean. Keep some of the following tips in mind when it comes to cleaning floor and wall tiles to help restore your home to a clean and shiny state.
Don't Skip Routine Care
Regular care and maintenance helps preserve the natural sheen of your tile. This isn't an intense process and doesn't even require special treatments. Just mix two tablespoons of an all-purpose cleanser with a gallon of hot water, then mop or sponge away. If you're dealing with extra-grimy areas (shower, counter by the stove, etc.) then load the solution into a spray bottle and give it a spritz before waiting at least 15 minutes before wiping away.
Use Your Natural Volcano Ingredients
Baking soda and vinegar have a number of handy cleaning applications. As part of your routine maintenance, for instance, you can sprinkle baking soda over your tiles before sweeping to both clean and deodorize. A cleaning solution of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia, and 1/4 borate detergent in a gallon of warm water can also be used to restore shine and cleanliness to heavily soiled spots. Be sure to wear gloves, though, since these ingredients can still be harsh on the skin. Also be sure not to actually mix baking soda and vinegar because that will just add to the mess!
Mind the Grout
Even the shiniest tile will look bad if it's surrounded by grimy, grungy grout. Spot-cleaning is a good approach to grout maintenance, so a wet sponge or an old toothbrush is best employed here. If you need to clean larger areas, swap to a scrub brush with soft bristles to avoid scratching or dulling the adjacent tile. All-purpose cleaners can work on most grout stains, so the same solution you use for general maintenance can be a big help.
Use Vinegar for Hard Water Stains
Hard water stains from spills or soap scum buildup can be removed from tiles with the use of white vinegar. Load up the vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz it over the tiles. Wait a few minutes then wipe the vinegar away with a damp cloth or plastic rubbing pad. Once done, use lukewarm water or your preferred all-purpose cleaner to wash the tiles down. After a little bit of drying, you've got your tiles shiny and sparkling again.
Bring Out the Lemon for a Heavy-Duty Shine
When you absolutely, positively, have to get that heavy-duty shine on your bathroom ceramic tiles or kitchen floor and wall tiles, turn to furniture polish or lemon oil. Spraying either of these over the floor or wall tile and then buffing gently with a microfiber cloth will make your tiles gleaming and brilliant once again. Although effective, you should be careful not to use this technique on your shower or bathtub floor since it can make the surface easier to slip on.
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Centura Tile has been a leader in tiling since 1933, and this is reflected in the large variety of wall and flooring options we have on offer that can help enhance any home space, as well as the expertise of our staff. To learn more about tile maintenance and cleaning, different tile types, or to ask other tiling queries, feel free to contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.