It is not easy to keep tiles clean. Grease, calcium, lime, and soap scum seem to appear out of nowhere. Utopia will show you the best way to clean tile floors in your bathroom, shower, kitchen, and balcony like a pro.
Clean Tiles With a Few Simple Tricks
Tiles frequently come into contact with water, soap, dirt, food scraps and other substances. This can wear them down with time: calcium deposits form in the bathroom, a stubborn, greasy film starts to build in the kitchen or discolored rings turn up beneath the flower pots on the balcony.
Fortunately, there is no need for harmful chemicals contained in commercial cleaning products. With just the right sustainable household hacks you can get your tiles clean and rid them of almost any stain. Here are some of the best ways to clean tile floors and bathroom tiles naturally.
How to Clean Shower Tiles
In the bathroom, tiles are in constant contact with water. Especially if you have hard water, lime stains develop quickly, leaving the tiles unsightly and 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.
Clean Tiles in the Kitchen
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.
How to Clean Tiles: 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. The best way to clean balcony tiles is to scrub down the floor with a brush and soapy water. This should take care of the majority of stains. It’s 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.
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This article was translated from German into English. You can view the original here: Fliesen reinigen: Glänzende Fliesen in Bad und auf dem Balkon** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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