Clean your tiles the natural way!
You want a quick, easy and cheap way to clean your tiles while using eco-friendly methods and products? A piece of cake! We will tell you all about it, and in a matter of hours your kitchen floor will be so clean and shiny, you can eat straight from it. All without harming the eco-system we all belong to.
A quick switch
Forget about all those nasty chemicals and corrosive agents; we will show you how to make a quick switch to natural cleaners. Chance is you already have all the stuff you need right at your home; you just did not know these can be employed as excellent cleaning agents. Some would say these are even more effective when compared to store-bought solutions. Another crucial thing is that you will not have to be afraid that your kids will be in contact will seriously dangerous chemicals right after you clean up the bathroom.
These techniques will work superbly in old and in new homes, with old kitchen and bathroom tiles just as good with modern ceramics. You do not have to be afraid that you will ruin the patina on your antique terracotta floors or that you will scratch the new Spanish tiles you just imported. Do not worry if your grout is moldy and forget about bleaching it. Bleach will just cover up the mold; it will not remove it.
Cleaning water spots or dirt
Just dip your damp sponge into some baking soda. A little elbow grease and presto! Just rinse the area with warm water, and the spots are gone.
For more problematic stains, use white vinegar for the first rub-down with the sponge and the apply the baking soda treatment.
Extra tough stains
If you messed up your tiles, mix some baking soda with a little bit of washing soda and borax. Then add a splash of Castille soap and stir everything up. Apply the white vinegar first and then go in hard with the mix you made. See the dirt disappear before your eyes.
Just mix up a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide with an equal amount of water and spray some on. After 45 mins, the mold disappears.
The dangers of using bleach to clean your tiles
Bleach is a very aggressive and potent chemical. It carries a strong disinfecting potential, but it also can be quite harmful, especially to children. Some new studies suggest that not only ingestion will cause medical problems: even passive exposure to bleach inside your home can be connected with respiratory illnesses in children.
The study was wide, and it encompassed as much as 9.000 kids aged 6 to 12 in several European countries. The key was to measure how much the children are exposed to bleach and similar agents and then to see whether the substance has a harmful effect. Parents supplied information about the frequency and intensity of respiratory illnesses like sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia, as well as information about the flu, otitis and similar inflammations. Of course, they also had to answer if they used bleach inside their homes or not.The result was that there were higher incidences of respiratory problems with kids who lived in homes where bleach usage is common.
Bleach can be harmful
Of course, we are all well aware of the fact that bleach and similar chemicals are not to be ingested or inhaled. Bleach fumes can make you dizzy if you do not ventilate the room you are cleaning. This study showed that mere exposure to surfaces cleaned using bleach, like ceramic tiles, can be harmful. The most common organs which come under the negative impact of bleach are lungs, where lung cell linings can be inflamed. Sometimes parents have a wrong perception that our homes should be 100% bacteria-free and that only strong chemicals like bleach are the only solutions to get rid of all the bacteria. Bleach will certainly take care of bacteria, but there are very good, safer and healthier alternatives.
Go natural. Use readily available natural products you already have in your home. Simple soap and water will do wonders and also disinfect all the treated surfaces. Floors and sinks will be spotless after your attack them with baking soda. Furthermore, use white vinegar to take car of stains on glass or tiles.
Top tips for clean tiles
Your ceramic tiles are the pride of your home. They help keep your kitchen and bathroom clean because they are easy to maintain, versatile and durable. Above all else, they provide a wonderful esthetic effect. There are a few simple rules to follow so your ceramic tiles are always spotless.
Porcelain tiles are one of the most common flooring materials. Created in high-temperature kilns from natural materials, they have excellent characteristics, ideal for floors in all kinds of homes and climates. The offer superb durability combined with high resiliency, practically impervious to water, dirt or chemicals. Because of this, they are great not only for homes but industrial use as well. While very easy to maintain, a few cleaning methods are necessary to keep them in tip-top shape.
How do I clean ceramic tile floors?
One of the most important, if not the most important, rules when it comes to tile maintenance is not to allow dirt and spills to settle in. Never allow foreign agents like liquids and dirt to get themselves comfortable on your floors. Sometimes this is inevitable: our homes are open to many people, children, and pets and they can all carry many kinds of dirt. Ok, you cannot forbid stepping on the tiles, but you can clean up quickly. As soon as all the guests leave, pick up a piece of cloth or a mop and some warm water mixed with mild detergent or soap. A quick mop up will take care of all the nasty dirt.
Next, regular maintenance is also important. Sweep, vacuum and mop, in that order. You will remove the large debris with your broom, the dust with your vacuum cleaner and then, finally, a mop and some water will clean all the dirt out the grout and improve the shine and color of your tiles.
Cleaning grout can be tricky and tedious. However, a few techniques will help to do the job quickly and efficiently. Typically white, grout gets dirty easily, and it becomes discolored and bland. Dirty grouts are not appealing, and they take away from the beauty of your floor. To keep the grout clean, make sure you seal it right after you install the tiles. For regular care, apply the sealant twice a year. The best way to clean dirty grout is to use a 50/50% mix of hydrogen peroxide and water.