Although the tiles are some of the easiest surfaces to clean at home, they also offer some challenges and each has its own unique way for dealing with it, but make sure to do it in the right easy way. Let`s get started with the dark stains and dirt along the grout lines.
The grout is perhaps the most vulnerable part of a tiled floor or wall, especially if it is old and quite recessed. First, make a quick inspection of all the tiled surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom, and try to remember the exact spots with the dirtiest grout lines and the exact spots of the grout that will require just a quick wipe with a towel.
The grout is perhaps the most vulnerable part of a tiled floor or of a tiled wall, especially if the grout is old and quite recessed. First, make a quick inspection of all the tiled surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom, and try to remember the exact spots with the dirtiest grout lines and the exact spots of the grout that will require just a quick wipe with a towel. The dirtiest ones may require soaking in a stronger detergent, for example – an all-purpose commercial detergent or a commercial sanitizing detergent. Apply a small amount of the detergent according to the label, then, let it soak and dissolve the stain while doing something else in the meantime. Clean the easy stains with a fluffy cloth soaked in water with commercial detergent. Rub always along the grout lines and follow the textures of the tiles if any. Apply the same procedure when cleaning grout and stone surfaces. When the dirty dark spots dissolve – return to the dirtiest areas of the tiled floor and wipe off the dirt with a towel.
The edges between the walls and the floors are the next most vulnerable part of the tiled surfaces, which often get dirty quite quickly and easily. Another major issue is that the area is usually not that easy to reach and rub such as the grout lines in the middle of the floor. Because of that, get yourself a stiff brush or an old toothbrush. The fibers can wipe off dirt right from the very edge between the walls and the floors. This is the easiest way to clean grout lines, which occasionally happen to stretch right along this yet difficult to reach edge between the walls and the floors. Not to mention the corners, where three surfaces meet in one spot.
Make yourself a couple of homemade solutions for bathroom or kitchen cleaning. One detergent for the dirtiest grout and tiles, and one detergent for the light stains or just as a deodorizing agent. For the stronger homemade detergent – dissolve a couple of tbs. of baking soda in half a cup of hot water. Add a small amount of dish detergent and shampoo for a foaming effect. Add the solution to another half a cup of white vinegar and stir well until all the abrasive particles of the baking soda completely dissolve. It may take some dozen minutes to soak up and dislodge the stains along the grout lines, but it is safe for the coloration and texture of the tiles. The second, lighter, solution can be made by just hot water, dish detergent and lemon juice. This lighter solution is also best for polishing the entire surface of the tiles and not only for cleaning the grout lines.
At last but not at least, rent a floor-scrubbing machine. It provides the greatest coverage efficiency and it ensures optimal results like after a team of professional cleaners.