Best Ways to Clean Tile

13th Jul 2014

Here at Tiles Direct, we offer low prices on high-quality tiles that will change the way you feel about your home. While some shoppers know our site for the sheer number of options that we offer, we want you to know that we offer additional help after you finish shopping. Once you lay those new tiles in your home, you want to ensure that those tiles continue looking great for years to come. Using the best ways to clean tile in your home will keep those areas looking bright, shiny and new.

Vinegar and Water

One of the best solutions for your tile floors is something you already have in your home. Fill a large bucket with one gallon of cold water, add one cup of ordinary distilled white vinegar and mix thoroughly. Sweep the tiles to remove dust or debris before cleaning the floor. Dip a soft sponge mop into the mixture, squeeze out the excess water and carefully wipe it across the floor. If you notice stains on the floor that don't come off with a simple washing, apply the vinegar and water mixture with a damp cloth. Cover the stain with the saturated cloth, let it sit for several hours and then remove.

Getting Rid of Haze

Older tile floors often develop a hazy appearance. Often caused by using the wrong products on the tile, you can easily get rid of those stains. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice onto the floors, and work the liquid into the stains with a soft cloth. Gently buff the floors with the cloth until the haze disappears. Use a little cool water to rinse off the lemon juice, and dry the floors carefully with a new cloth or towel. If you have marble or metal tiles, avoid using lemon juice. The acidity in the liquid can etch the surface and leave behind permanent stains.

What About Grout?

You'll find a number of products claiming that they are the best ways to clean tile and grout, but the only thing you really need is an old toothbrush. The grout between your tiles pick up a large amount of debris, which can cause the grout to take on a yellow or gray appearance. Use the same ratio of distilled white vinegar to water that you used on the tiles, but get down on the floor with the toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush into the liquid, place it between the tiles on the grout and scrub vigorously. If the grout still appears dingy, apply the vinegar solution to the grout and let it sit overnight before rinsing with some fresh water.

Tile floors are easy to install and easy maintain. You don't need any special tools or fancy cleaners to keep your floors and tiled areas looking great. The best ways to clean tile include simple remedies that use vinegar and water. With a little elbow grease, you can restore the look of your tiles quickly and keep those tiles looking as good as they did when you first bought them.