If you have tiles and grout in your bathroom, kitchen or living room, chances are they could use some attention. Since tile and grout are made of porous materials, they can get really dirty really fast and cleaning them can be tough. Luckily, there are many different ways to clean your tiles and grout that are both simple and easy to do, which will make the job go by faster and give you better results than you might expect! Here are ten great ways to clean your tiles and grout so they look like new again!
1) The Secret Is in the Mix
The best way to clean your tiles is by using a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar. The baking soda helps cut through the dirt that’s been ground into the tile surface. The acetic acid in the vinegar helps break down grime from stains and everyday spills.
Mix one cup of baking soda with two cups of warm water and place in a spray bottle. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the mixture before spraying onto your floor tiles.
2) Rinse with Soap
Wet the surface with water before you use soap. Put a few drops of dish soap in your bucket, fill it up halfway with water, then swish the liquid around until it’s nice and sudsy. Now you’re ready to start scrubbing away! (Use a brush for scrubbing.) For stubborn stains, try adding some bleach or another commercial cleaner (of your choice) to the soapy water for a double whammy.
3) Scrub with a Brush
Start by lightly brushing over your tile with a stiff bristled brush. You can also use a kitchen scrubbing pad, but remember you’ll need to remove any excess grime that might build up on the pad after use with soap and water.
4) Add Baking Soda
For grime on your tiles, first apply a bleach-water solution of 10 percent bleach in water. Rinse well with plain water or a hose. Allow the tile to dry before proceeding. If the grime is stubborn, sprinkle baking soda over the area. Rub gently with a wet sponge or cloth until it disappears, being careful not to scratch your tiles.
5) Shine a Bright Light
If you find a thick layer of grime on your tiles, one of the best ways to remove it is by shining a bright light at them. In other words, turn on your brightest light or use a lamp or flashlight in order to penetrate the dirt and bring out the colors underneath.
This method is useful because dust can easily settle on tile floors throughout the day, but it will catch more dust with the bright light turned on.
6) Treat Grout with Glycerin
If you want your grout to look brighter, use glycerin. The water in the glycerin will draw out any impurities from the grout which will make it easier for you to scrub away at it. Cleaning grout with vinegar or bleach can cause stains, so instead use a solution of 50% white vinegar or 5% bleach with water. Let the solution sit on the grout for 10 minutes before scrubbing off.
7) Try Vinegar, Water, and Dish Soap
We can’t tell you what a lifesaver this is. You’ll need: one cup of vinegar, half a gallon of water, and dish soap. Mix it up in a bucket. Dip a rag into the mixture and scrub away at your tiles and grout until they’re nice and clean.
8) Remove Marks with WD-40
To remove tough marks, spray the grime with WD-40 and use a nylon scrubber. WD-40 is a degreaser that cuts through grimy substances, so it’s perfect for getting those nasty marks off of your grout.
9) Get Organized – Have a Systematized Way of Keeping Everything Together
Have a systematized way of keeping everything together! The last thing you want is for your tiles or grout to get so grimy that you need to break down the tiling job. Things will be much easier when it comes time for clean up if you can quickly locate the necessary tools, such as rags, cleaners, scrubbers, etc. Keeping them all together in one place will save you time and headache.
10) Use a Magic Eraser
If you’re dealing with tough stains, a Magic Eraser is your best friend. There are three types of Magic Erasers: Kitchen and Bath, Daily Living, and Stain Blasters. The Stain Blasters can be used on blood, grease, tar, paint (solvent-based), or candle wax. The Kitchen & Bath Eraser will get rid of soap scum in the bathroom or food stains in the kitchen.