Tile Floor Cleaner
Home maintenance is one of the most difficult tasks in the world, especially when you have kids, so overwhelming! There are lots of toys and clothes to arrange, lots of mess to clean, and the most noticeable and annoying is that you have lots of floors to clean, we understand your pain, and we are here to help, always!
Here in this article, we will be talking about tile floors and grouts, , DIY tile floor cleaners, and best homemade grout cleaners. So let’s get started.
“A clean tile floor is a clean home.”
10 Simple steps to cleaning tile floors and grout
If you want to have a clean, sparkling tile floor always, follow these nine simple steps. The good thing about these steps is that they are easiest to follow and cheap to implement.
- Sweep everyday
The best way to make sure your grout and tile is clean always is to wipe up all stains and spills as they happen and sweep always. This is one of the best ways to keep your tiles and grout clean always and doesn’t take time at all.
You can sweep your floors after washing plates, that will make it easier for you to do every time.
- Stay away from bleach and strong cleaners
No matter how bad the stain is, avoid bleach and other strong cleaners. Even the bleach or stronger cleaners designed for tiles can erode your tile finishes and grout over time. Leave the bleaches and strong cleaners to the professionals, use normal tile cleaner or make your tile cleaner yourself (don’t worry we will teach you how to do that.)
- Sweep first before mopping
Most people make the mistake of moping their tile before sweeping. When you clean your tile floor without sweeping, you’re not cleaning, but creating more dirt and residue. So always remember to sweep before you mop the title.
- Don’t clean using a wet mop first
Cleaning your tile floor is with a clean dry cloth or mop is one easy way to keep your tile clean. Most times, your tiledoesn’t need a wet mop, all it just needs is a little cleaning to remove dust and dirt.
- Vacuum often
Vacuum cleaner is not for only carpets; you can also use your vacuum cleaner for your tile floor. Vacuuming your tile is a very easy way to get rid of dirt and sand. You can vacuum your tile floor twice or thrice a week; it depends on you.
- Try using baking soda for the difficult stains
If your grout is unsealed, it means that liquid can seep into the surface. One way to notice the dirty places is by using a water-soda solution. Mix a bit of water with a spoon of baking soda to make a paste. Once you’ve formed a paste, use an old brush to scrub the grout lines. If you have colored sealed grout lines, its best to avoid using baking soda.
- Dry the floor with a towel after cleaning
The mistake most people make is leaving their floor wet after cleaning. After cleaning, it is advisable that you run an old white towel over the floor. This helps remove the dirt, and it helps you to see if the floors are really clean.
- Use an old toothbrush for tough spots
Tight corners and grout lines require more precision to clean properly. This is where an old toothbrush comes into action. Use an old toothbrush to clean stains from your grout or the crack between the refrigerator and the wall.
- Don’t disturb yourself when you can hire a professional
When your floor tile is stained or old, it makes it feel like your whole house is dirty. All it takes to get your house back in shape, it only takes a weekend to clean. But, we are always busy and never the time to do it.
If you think that cleaning your floor tile is an herculean task, don’t endeavor to clean it. The best thing is to do is to get a professional to do the job instead. They are professionals, they are better at it. They will help get the stains and make your tile look neat and clean like it should.
So instead of stressing, you can hire a professional and get your floor cleaned in no time.
DIY Tile Floor Cleaner
Using strong cleaners to clean your floors can contribute to indoor air pollution which can be a big problem for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. It can also cause health conditions and make your family ill. So it advisable to make your cleaners yourself. Apart from the fact that they are easy and inexpensive to produce, but they are also safer to use.
- Two cup water
- ½ cup of rubbing alcohol
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 6-10 drops essential oil of your choice
- Four drops liquid dish soap (be sure it doesn’t contain oxygen bleach, moisturizers, or antibacterial ingredients).
How to make and use
Pour all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix well to make. Add them to a glass or plastic spray bottle and shake well. Spray your magic cleaner on the floor and wipe with a mop. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can add the ingredients in a bucket or bowl, but you’ll have to dump the leftovers after cleaning since you have nowhere to store it.
How to clean tiles in tight corners
You can clean your entire home, but it still feels dirty because of some places you didn’t clean some tight corners. You don’t have to leave tiles in tight corners behind for instance tiling around the wall. You should also clean them too.
Here are ways to clean tiles in tight corners
- Loosen dirt from the corners you want to clean with a small old brush and rinse with warm water.
- Spray or wash the area with the homemade cleaner you made.
- Let the cleaner sit for about 10-20 minutes.
- Use the same old toothbrush to watch in between the tiles and around the corners of the tiles.
- Rinse thoroughly.
Best Homemade Grout Cleaner
You know that annoying feeling when all you’ve spent almost an hour cleaning the floor but it still looks dirty, and it seems like there is nothing you can do. The only thing making it look dirty is the brownish discolored tile grout.
The most annoying thing is that the discolored tile grout looks normal but also looks dirty, I don’t know if anyone understands this pain.
If you understand this pain, you are not alone. We are here for you. Here we will learn how to remove grout from tile and how to make the best homemade grout cleaner.
How to remove grout from tile
Removing floor tile grout is actually easy, clean, and fast. I know most of you have been dealing with dirty floor tile grout. Today is the day we let it go.
You can remove your tile grout manually, or you can make it much easier by purchasing an oscillating multi-tool. Using the oscillating multi-tool, you can remove 15 square feet of grout in about 1 hour.
So let’s look at how to remove grout from a tile.
- A rotary tool such as the Oscillating multi-tool like the Bosch Multi-X Oscillating Tool Kit
- Knife with a dull blade
- Small flat-head screwdriver
- Safety glasses
- Vacuum or Broom
Before we go over to how to use the materials to remove the grouts, I want to answer a frequently asked question about the rotary tool.
Will the Rotary tool remove tile as well?
Yes actually, if you press too hard. One danger of using the rotary tool to remove the floor tile grout is the chance of it chewing through the tile as well, oops.
But you can use the rotary tool to remove the tile grout, just that you’ll have to watch how you press. If you press the tool very hard, it could damage your tiles.
How to use materials
Fit the rotary tool with a blade makes for tile or tile grout. Almost all tool head will specify which materials they can be used for.
You should start by holding rotary tool vertically or horizontal depending on the seams. After that, you turn on the power and lightly press the blade to the grout. When working with the power tool, let it do the work and don’t force it.
Once you have managed to remove as much grout as possible, then gently angle the blade to enable you to remove more grout. Most importantly, always remember to work slowly and patiently, so you don’t damage the edges of your tile.
After you have removed as much grout as you can, the next material you should use is the flat-head screwdriver.
Its small head will fit into the seam, and it will enable you to scrape out stubborn grouts out. But don’t force it, do it gently.
If after using the flat-head screwdriver, you still find little bits of grouts that will come out, it’s time to switch to a dull-bladed knife; it will help get the rest of the grout out.
After you have gotten all the grout out, use a vacuum or broom to clean up the place.
Best homemade grout cleaner
You can make your grout cleaner using ingredients that you’ll have in your kitchen. These recipes take less than twenty minutes to make, and it will make your tile look sparkling and clean. We have three homemade recipes we want to share with you today.
- ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide
- ½ cup of baking soda
- One teaspoon of liquid dish soap (make sure it doesn’t contain oxygen bleach, moisturizers, or antibacterial ingredients.)
How to make
Pour the baking soda into a small container or bowl. Add the hydrogen peroxide into the bowl of baking soda. Add the liquid dish soap to the bowl. Shake well and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
How to use
Apply the paste to the grout line and let it sit for about five minutes. Using a sponge and wipe the mixture off. Rinse with water to remove any residue.
- Three or four tablespoons of lemon juice
- Three tablespoons of baking soda
How to make
Mix the lemon juice and baking soda in a bowl until it forms a paste.
How to use
Apply the paste to the grout using an old brush. Allow the paste to stand for at least five minutes. After that, rub the paste into the grout using a soft rag or brush. After scrubbing and cleaning, rinse the area with warm water.
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 5 to 6 drops of lemon oil
- Five drops of lavender oil
- 5-10 drops of tea tree oil
- Three teaspoons of liquid soap
How to make
Put the baking soda in a small bowl, add the essential oils, pour in the liquid soap. Mix all the ingredients well until it is a paste.
How to use
Use a toothbrush to apply the paste to the grout. Leave the mixture for about 10 minutes. Using the brush again, scrub the grout. Also, use a wet brush to scrub the grout, once you’ve gotten all the dirt out, use a damp rag to wipe the grout and rinse it with clean water.
It is better to use these homemade grout cleaners to clean your tile grout than cleaning grout with bleach. Bleaches (Chlorine bleach) can help to remove stains from the grout, but it can also change grout color. Not only that, bleaches can damage nearby rugs or fabrics if it is mistakenly applied to them. Most importantly, bleaches are dangerous to the health and shouldn’t be used when you have kids around.