Natural Tile Cleaning Options For The Eco-Friendly Homeowner
When you move into your new home, you feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities, and with everything you didn't already know about home maintenance and cleaning. In your new home, one of the big selling points was likely the tile flooring and backsplashes. However, now that you have moved in you may find yourself wondering how to properly clean and maintain your tile surfaces. And as an eco-friendly homeowner, you would prefer if at all possible to avoid using harsh chemical cleansers on your tile. Luckily, there are several natural, eco-friendly tile cleaning options available to you. All you need to do is get to know those options and get to cleaning.
Spot Cleaning With Baking Soda
Sometimes you do not want to clean your entire tile surface, but rather want to clean up a spill or stain, leaving the rest of the tiles for another day. Baking soda is one of those household items that can be used for a myriad of purposes.
In the case of stains or spills on your tile, all you need to do is dampen a sponge and dip it in baking soda. Then scrub the afflicted area of your tile surface until the spill or stain is all cleaned up. Finally, wipe the spot down with a paper towel or cloth.
Tile Cleaning With Vinegar
Vinegar is another household stable that you should always keep on hand for cleaning and various other purposes. Distilled or white vinegar can be used to clean your tile surfaces, leaving them pristine and sparkling clean.
For everyday cleaning, you may want to mix your vinegar with water to lessen the acidic effects it can have on surfaces. Two parts vinegar to one part water will dilute the vinegar sufficiently without reducing its cleaning effects. Use this solution to mop your tile floor or scrub your tile backsplashes, and then rinse thoroughly with water.
If you have a particularly dirty tile surface, you can safely use pure vinegar to clean the mess away. However, on a regular or daily basis, you will want to mix your vinegar with water.
Sometimes the grout in between your tiles gets particularly grimy and may even become host to mold or mildew. When this happens, you will have to take the time and effort to specifically tackle the grout.
Simply mix a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and scrub the grout. Old toothbrushes are an excellent tool in this process as they can get into the spaces between the tiles better than standard sponges and the like. However, if all else fails, using a sponge will work too. It just may take a little more elbow grease.
As you can see, you can clean the tile surfaces in your new home using natural products you already have around your house. So, stock up on your products and get to cleaning those tiles. If you'd like to instead rely on a professional for help with cleaning, talk to a company like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc.