Your bathroom tiles no longer look as good as they did on the day you had them installed? This is not surprising given the fact that bathroom is a place where there is a lot of moisture which you cannot avoid. The same is true for kitchen since due to cooking, tiles are exposed to steam, grease and other dirt particles. Therefore, regular maintenance is of utmost importance. All you need are your hands, few cleaning solutions and good cleaning technique to keep your tiles looking like new.
The best way to avoid stubborn stains is by addressing certain issues promptly. For example, clean up accidental spills right away; remove excess moisture in your bathroom after every shower; and wipe grease and steam off kitchen tiles after every meal preparation. This way you will avoid dirt buildup and hard-to-clean stains and grime. Also, vacuum tile floors every day to remove any food crumbs and other dirt particles. For best results, mop the floor with lukewarm water and mild detergent after you’ve vacuumed the area. This cleaning technique will save you a lot time and money that you may spend on renting one of those tile cleaning machines. Of course, if stains and grime have been there for a long time, your best option would be hiring a professional cleaning company.
However, before you make that phone call, try one of our cleaning tips. For regular maintenance (preferably 2-3 times a week), prepare a cleaning solution by mixing one part water with two parts regular vinegar. Mix ingredients well and put in a clean spray bottle. Before you use solution, make sure you dust the surface, then apply the mixture and wipe with dry soft cloth or paper towel. To brighten grout in between tiles and remove grease, mold and mildew, use baking soda. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and with an old toothbrush apply to the surface. For best results allow the mixture to sit for 15 minutes before you start scrubbing with a toothbrush. Wash with warm water and remove excess moisture with a dry cloth. You can use this cleaning solution on almost anything – faucets, cabinet handles, bathtub, toilet and even stove tops.
Another simple and easy-to-make cleaning solution is a bleach and water cleaning solution. This is a perfect way to not only clean tiles from dirt and debris, but to sanitize them as well. In a bucket, mix 4 liters of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon bleach, and with a cloth or a mop wipe tiles and let the surface air dry. For stubborn stains, mix ½ cup of bleach with 4 liters of warm or hot water. Stir well and then pour the solution onto the tiles, allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Scrub with a hard scrub brush and wash with warm water. Wipe off any excess moisture. This will keep your tiles and grout looking as new. But remember, regular maintenance is a must. Accumulated grime is hard to remove and you will surely need tile cleaning services from a professional carpet cleaners Australia. In order to avoid extra cost, try our tips and make it a habit to daily maintain your tiles.