Although there are many commercial cleaning products available, it is good to know that you can use a natural and safer product for cleaning tile floors. After all, harsh chemicals often have a nasty affect on the air you breath in your own home and can harm our global ecology.
Everyday items found at home can do a thorough job of cleaning tile floors that is equally as good as commercial products. However, before starting, it is a smart idea to have the proper tools and natural ingredients ready. Here is a short list to prepare:
Water that is hot to the touch
Scrubbing sponge or rag
Vacuum with floor attachment
One gallon size bucket
Plain white vinegar
The Right Type Of Mop
One characteristic of professionals is that they have the right tools for their work. Similarly, cleaning floor tiles that raised higher than the gout, require a particular mop that can reach the grout. A sponge or cloth mop, like Wet Swiffer, will not work and may cause your grout to appear worse. This kind of mop merely pushes the filthy water right into your grout. Yet, a cloth strip mop or one that is cotton with coiled strings of yarn, typically works the best.
Safe And Effective Natural Cleaners
White vinegar and baking soda are both economical and friendly to the environment. You only need one cup of white vinegar for every gallon of hot water. Vinegar is a natural mild acid that eliminates calcium, dirt and rust.
For stubborn stains and dirty grout use baking soda mixed with enough warm water to make a scrubbing paste. Do not put too much baking soda on the grout because it may leave a crusty white film. Rinse the grout thoroughly to let the baking soda gently clear the dirt away.
Cleaning Tile Floors In Five Steps
Before you start mopping, you should clear the floor area and vacuum over the entire surface, including the edges and baseboards. The most effective way to get the most dirt, is by vacuuming from the edges towards the middle. This prevents spreading the dirt around and helps to catch any dust bunnies which could end up making your floor look dingy.
You can also use a broom. Sweep from the corners to the center of the floor. Gather the dirt into your dust pan and immediately throw it into the trash bin.
2. Mix Vinegar And Water
Next, mix one cup of white vinegar to one gallon of hot water in a bucket. If you have a particularly large area, you can do one side of the floor first, then after rinsing out the bucket, refill it with water and add a fresh vinegar-water solution.
White vinegar can easily be found in most grocery stores since it is used in salad dressing. Be sure that it is plain white vinegar.
3. Mop The Floor
Take your cloth strip or cotton coiled mop, and mopping from the corners to the center, wipe the floor with your vinegar-water mix until it is covered. Use enough of the mix so the floor is able to let the mixture soak in for five to ten minutes.
By allowing the floor to absorb the acid in the vinegar, it will have a chance to break apart rust, mineral deposits and dirt.
4. Scrub Out Stains
The best time to scrub away any stubborn stain is while the floor is soaking. Push down as you scrub the stain. If it is hard, sprinkle a power coating of baking soda directly over the entire the stain area. Then, scrub in a circular motion until it is gone.
5. Double Rinse
Pour out your dirty water and refill the bucket with clean water. Since your dirty water is environmentally friendly, you can dump it out almost anyplace. Place your mop into the clean water and twist out the water to the point that it stops dripping. Mop across the floor until its water gets soaked up. Finally, simply repeat, except this time only squeeze the upper half the mop, so you can leave a shining glaze of water.
Let the floor dry and your tile floor is sparkling clean!