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How to Clean Tiles

Let’s face it, tile floors aren’t the easiest surface to clean in your home. Dirt and sticky messes can easily accumulate on tile, and, if you don’t keep up proper maintenance, your tile can become discoloured and unpleasant to look at. If you find that you can’t keep up with the maintenance then consider hiring a cleaning service to take care of your floors.


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Cleaning Tile

When cleaning tile, be sure to use proper cleaners that are not damaging to the tile you have in your home. Some tiles are sensitive and will break down or lose their sheen if not cleaned properly. Making your own floor cleaner is sometimes the best solution for cleaning your floors and getting rid of germs.

Here is a great recipe for a tile cleaning solution:

• A gallon of water
• 3-5 drops of liquid detergent (depending on its strength)
• A cup of vinegar

This will not only kill the germs on your floor, but will get rid of sticky messes, leaving your floors looking like new.

Cleaning Grout

Cleaning grout can be a lot harder than cleaning the surface of the tile floors in your home. There are many different homemade solutions you can make and apply. Solutions for dirty grout usually involve a paste, which contains either water or hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Once you have made your paste be sure to scrub away at the grout with an old toothbrush.

A simple alternative to brushing your grout is to call a professional cleaner to come and steam-clean the grout in your home. Calling a cleaning service is much easier and quicker than the toothbrush alternative.

After your grout is clean, consider applying a grout sealer to prevent staining in the future. Using a grout sealer is a good way to keep your grout clean and stain free.


Once your tile and grout is clean, it will be much easier to maintain. Make sure that you sweep and mop regularly to keep dirt and other grime from building up.

Author Bio

Chanelle Furner has been writing professionally for three years now and mainly focuses on writing blogs for clients in the cleaning and disaster cleanup industries. One client she works with often is Daniel’s DKI, who specializes in restoring a home to its original condition after a disaster. In her spare time, Chanelle enjoys writing creatively.

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