Neat and sparkling floor tiles give a bright, tidy and furnished appearance to your rooms. There are higher chances of your floor getting dirty if it is paved with white ceramic tiles. White tiles collect dust and dirt more frequently hence, it is important that you clean tiled floors at least twice a week.
The process of tidying up tile floors is quite cumbersome and time taking. Often, homeowners are confused regarding what cleaning products to use, or what not to use. Here is a list of accessories that will help you get rid of this confusion.
1) Vacuum & Brooms
Before applying any chemical or product on the surface of the tiles, it is important to sweep dust and solid particles away. Vacuum cleaners and brooms are used for pre-cleaning. You can use these items to remove fine hair, garbage, food particles, pet droppings and dust from the floor. Vacuum cleaners are more effective since they pick up the finest particles from the floor, very quickly.
You may also opt for soft bristle brooms. Avoid using stiffer brooms since they scratch your tiles or straw brooms because you’ll have to apply great force while sweeping uneven surfaces.
2) Vinegar Solution
Create a homemade cleaning solution using warm water and white vinegar (or baking soda). Pour 1 cup of vinegar in 2 cups of hot water and stir well. Take a soft, dry mop and soak it in this solution. Wring out extra liquid and use the mop for scrubbing floors, in a circular motion. Moreover, you can pour vinegar-water mixture in spray bottles and spray it direct on the floor.
- You should use a microfiber mop for cleaning floors because they are ideal for scrubbing all types of tiles. However, please ensure that the top is devoid of scrub strips otherwise it can cause scars and cracks on the tile surface.
- You may use a hard sponge mop to clean gouges and surfaces that carry dark marks.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for cleaning around the corners.
- Once you’re done with scrubbing the tiles, use a simple white, cotton towel or a cotton-topped mop for wiping extra water.
3) Diatomaceous Earth Poultice
You can mix diatomaceous earth poultice with any commercial cleaner available in the market. This substance comes in the form of moist looking clay. Pour the mixture on the surface of the tile, apply slight pressure above it and let it sit on the tiles, for a few minutes. Cover the mixture with a transparent plastic sheet to keep it moist for a longer time. Remove it to expose white, sparkling tiles.
4) Commercial Cleaners
There are plenty of commercial chemical solutions like Lysol, Pine-Sol and Mr. Clean available in the market. They are furnished with antibiotics and chemical substances that remove dirt, small particles, germs and marks from the floor. Nevertheless, since they corrode tile surfaces, it is best if you prepare homemade cleaning solutions.
Now that you’re familiar with how to use different products for wiping tiled floors, make sure that you purchase these products from reliable local stores only. Read customer reviews before purchasing any item from an online store. Want more tips on cleaning different types of floors? Check out TLC Floor Cleaning Tips and Guidelines.