Tile is a great choice as the flooring of many homeowners over the years. They look spacious and inviting and enhance the gorgeous overall look of your home. However, tile floors will be stained and discolored after a little wear and tear. Some old chemical cleaners even make them worse. The good news is that people have found out some natural ways of cleaning tile floors without using dangerous chemicals. All these ways cost almost nothing, take nearly no time and have an enormous impact. And I will show you one of them.
So, what is that? Well, I’ve got you covered.
By the end article, you will get an answer for How to make tile floors shine thoroughly without harming your tiles. Let's get started!
List items needed: What you will need to follow this tutorial?
Vacuum Cleaner – An extremely helpful machine to clean tile floors and grout. (No specific type is needed)
Spray Bottle – You may need a spray bottle that can easily carry the cleaning solution.
Microfiber mop - A steam mop may be effective here as well, but the microfiber is best for collecting the smallest dirt particles.
White vinegar - White vinegar is highly acidic and is what makes a good thing for washing tile floors. White vinegar will help you out a lot if you want deep clean tile floors.
(Note: Remember not to use the vinegar if your tiles are natural stone because the acid in the vinegar can damage the floors)
Water - You don't want to spray pure vinegar to your floor, so diluting it with an equal amount of water is a smart idea.
Step 1: Sweep and vacuum to remove the debris.
The most valuable step is also the easiest. Caring your tile floors starts with a regularly scheduled sweeping and vacuuming. This step helps to remove loose dirt, food crumbs and other debris accumulating on tile floors.
You have to be very thorough in this step, use the vacuum cleaner to pick up debris as much as you can. Otherwise, no matter which solution you choose to use, it will be impossible to end up with clean floor tiles. Get into every crannies and nook of your house and try to get them all.
If you can't remove something from the floor tiles, just like other types of debris (pet hair for example), then you will have difficulty when cleaning them up with the solution.
Step 2: Mix the Vinegar and the Water
Vinegar may be a little bit too strong, so it is not a good idea to use this substance on its own. Moreover, it also has a terrible smell so keeping it linger in your home can make you feel unpleasant. Despite these characteristic disadvantages, vinegar has a great effect on cleaning.
So how to deal with this? Thankfully, we found an easy way to address this problem: water. All the thing you should do is to dilute the vinegar with the same amount of water. That vinegar and water mixture not only avoids losing its effect but also becomes a milder solution.
Don’t believe? Check it by using a little bit of that mixture on your countertop and see the result!
Step 3: Pour the Vinegar and Water mixture into a Spray Bottle
After ensuring the level of acidity of the vinegar and water mixture is perfect, you can pour it into a Spray Bottle. Just remember to wash the Spray Bottle. Maybe you do not want any dirt on your cleaning tool, right?
Try not to leaking the mixture solution all over the place. I suggest using a funnel if the cap is too small or it is too hard to pour. Tighten the cap, and also ensure that with each spray, you get a good deal of the solution.
Step 4: Spray the Vinegar and Water mixture on your tile floors and Mop it up
A moderate amount of the mixture is enough, do not use too much. Now that is the time to use the spray bottle. Pick out any spot in your tiles and spray the mixture onto it. The mixture will take effect immediately so it is worthless waiting for any time.
If the tiles do not have any stain or need cleaning heavily, just wipe the floor with a damp mop to spread the cleaning solution over the area. After mopping one section of the house, cleanse the microfiber mop and start with the new section. If the mop is dirty, repeat it until your entire house is completely clean.
If there are stains on your tile floors, spray the mixture on the stains. Scrub forcefully using a soft brush, then wash the section with the warm water and a clean cloth to get rid of all grime.
Repeat the process if the dirt is still visible.
Step 5: Cleaning Tile Grout.
Now is the last but hard step. The grout is the most easy-to-dirt in tiles and there are many topics only for how to clean the grout in tiles.
Fortunately, it is not as complicated as you might think. You can use your household products and your grout will be like new again.
A pencil eraser: Sound weird, right? But it really works. You simply run the eraser again and again until the dirt is gone. However, if the stain is stubborn, use sandpaper instead.
Baking soda: It is amazing, like a magic tool for all types of stains. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the grout covered with baking soda. Then wash it with water when you are finished. The fact that only by using this natural method can you brighten every dirty stain.
Special tips to keep in mind
By all these things, you have known one of the best natural ways to clean tile floors and remove some common stains. However, that is not the whole thing, by now, I will provide you some extra tips to get the best results:
Keep it light: Never leaving water too long on tile floors because the tiles can partly absorb the standing water. Annoying marks remaining will require additional cleaning.
Clean the grout: People often miss the grout and misunderstand that it can be cleaned along with the tiles. So, give it a good clean once a month to keep it at best.
Stay natural: In the article, I recommend you using safe ingredients like the vinegar and the baking soda - an extra plus of this method. Both are excellent on tiles and completely safe for young children or pets.
Remove spills: Truly, the best way to avoid stains is to clean spills right after you accidentally made it. The spray bottle of the Vinegar and water mixture can also be used in this case.
By now, you have known the best way to clean your tile floors just by using the vinegar and baking soda. There might have been some time in the past when people could have wondered how to clean tile floors without chemical products. Nonetheless, these days, you have multiple green choices to choose from and they all work. The years have gone by, and it still comes to nature. It’s best for the environment, and it’s best for you.
If you like this method of cleaning tile floors using green solutions and homemade products, feel free to share it with your friends and your family members. I hope you will find it as informative as I did!