It is not always easy to keep the tile in your home looking its best. Calcium, lime, and soap scum seem to appear out of nowhere. Utopia offers some simple tricks to get the tiles in your bathroom, kitchen, and balcony looking shiny and clean again.
Tile cleaning – with these tricks it works
Tiles have to withstand a lot of hostile environments and sometimes that abuse begins to show: calcium deposits build up in the bathroom, a stubborn, greasy film appears in the kitchen, or discolored rings show up beneath the flower pots on the balcony. Fortunately, there is no need to subject your eyes and lungs to irritating commercial cleaning products. With the right household remedy, you can get rid of almost any stubborn stain.
In the bathroom, tiles are in constant contact with water. Especially if you have hard water, lime stains develop quickly and cause the tiles become unsightly dull. To remove lime stains, these household remedies help:
- Citric Acid
Just a small amount of vinegar in the cleaning water is often enough. If the lime deposits are more stubborn, you can also try citric acid. Be especially careful when cleaning the joints between tiles. They are often sensitive to acids. When in doubt, leave them out! You should also make sure that your tiles tolerate acidic cleaning agents.
Lime deposits are generally less of a problem in the kitchen, where you are more likely to be dealing with grease. Acids are of little use here. Instead, you need agents that dissolve fat particularly well:
- dish soap
- hand soap
- sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
- sodium carbonate (soda ash)
Dirt and grease can really build up on kitchen floor tiles. If conventional soap and water is not enough, try baking soda instead. Baking soda is extremely effective at dissolving fat and is ideal for removing particularly tough greasy films. Sometimes a light oily residue remains, but it can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
In the kitchen, the problem is often less often the tiles themselves but rather the joints, which become discolored with dirt and grease. Baking soda or soda ash can also help here. Stir in a little water to make a paste. Scrub the paste into the joints with an old toothbrush to get them looking clean again.
On the Balcony
Dirt and even algae collect under pots and planters on the balcony, leaving behind unsightly rings. A little elbow grease often works best here. With just a scrubbing brush and soapy water, most stains can be removed. It is helpful to allow the soapy water to soak on the tiles for a while before trying again with your scrubbing brush. A baking soda solution is also quite effective against mildew and algae.