The tiles are the most preferred material people use to cover their kitchen and bathroom floors and walls. This is simply because the tile is a very strong flooring coverage, which can endure all kinds of pressure without cracking. Also, you don’t have to be so careful when walking on tiles, because they are a lot easier to be cleaned than the carpet or the wooden floors. But many people think, that easy to clean means invincible to dirt, which is not exactly the case here. The tiles can actually get stained just as much as every other kind of flooring, and if you don’t clean them regularly and properly, the dirt will get stuck and you’ll be facing a serious problem. This is why you should learn some deep tile cleaning techniques, which will help you deal with all the dirt stuck to the tile surface. Follow these tips and everything should be fine.
Mop the floor. The first thing you need to do when your tile floor is highly stained, is to mop it with some solution of warm water and white vinegar. Just pour half a cup of vinegar into the bucket, fill it with water and keep mopping. If you’re not pleased with the results, you can also add some mild detergent to the solution. Just remember, that you’ll have to rinse the floor perfectly after you’re done, so there aren’t any soap stains on the surface, because they attract and trap dirt, which is never a good thing. Also, never use this type of solution on marble floors, because the vinegar doesn’t correspond well with the marble. You should look for different options for cleaning a marble tile floor.
Remove stains. The small and old stains, which are stuck for good to the tile surface are my most hated enemies. Stains on tiles occur quite often, especially if you have children. But cleaning them is not always so easy, especially if they have already dried off. In this case you will need to make a special cleaning paste out of some scouring powder and warm water. The mixture should include more powder and less water, so it can look like a paste. Then you should find a clean cloth, dip it into the solution and rub the home made paste into the stain. After you give it up to 10 minutes to work, the stain should come out a lot easier. And if it doesn’t, you should get a soft brush and start scrubbing until it does. After you’re done, you should wipe the entire area with the cloth, to make sure there aren’t any leftovers from the paste.
Clean mildew. Cleaning mildew is another deep tile cleaning technique you will have to master, if you really want to have tile surfaces in your home. Because of the high humidity in the places they are installed in, the tiles quite often catch mould and mildew, which is quite hard to be cleaned. This is why in these cases you should prepare a special solution where you mix one part water and one part household ammonia. And remember to wear gloves while dealing with this cleaning remedy, because the ammonia is not very friendly to the skin. Then get the soft brush, dip it into the solution and start scrubbing until the mildew disappears. After all the stains are gone, you should rinse the entire area with some water, until there are no signs of the cleaning solution and the stains.
Remove rust. And the hardest task is the last one - to remove the unpleasant rust stains on your tiles and grout. To do this, you will also need some rubber gloves, because the solution is not so good for your skin. The other items you’ll need are a soft cloth and a small bottle of kerosene. It may sound silly at first, but the kerosene will really remove all the rust effectively, if you rub the stains with it. Try it and you won’t be disappointed. Just remember to wash the entire area with water when you’re done and don’t bring fire into the room.