When you have a tile floor in your kitchen, there are many benefits that come with it. It has a timeless appearance. It comes in a variety of styles and colors. And perhaps the biggest perk is that it’s one of the most low-maintenance kinds of flooring that you can have inside of your home. In fact, whether your tile is made out of ceramic or vinyl, a quick routine cleaning can have it looking as good as new for many years to come.
If you’d like a few tips on things that you can do to properly care for the tile on your kitchen floors and the grout, this article will provide you with five tips:
Do some sweeping. The first thing that you should do to your floor is to sweep it. That way, you can remove as much debris as possible. After using a broom across the entire floor, then follow that up with either a dry mop or a dry cloth. That will help to get rid of any remaining dust so that you can get beneath the surface layer of the grout.
Apply cleaning solution. The next thing that you should do is to apply some cleaning solution to your tile and grout. As you’re spraying it, while you don’t want to oversaturate your floor, do make sure that all of your crevices are well-covered. You can pick up a commercial tile cleaning solution at a local grocery store or Walmart. However, if you would prefer to use something that has less chemicals, you can also make your own. One website that can show you how to make a homemade tile cleaning solution is Gathered in the Kitchen. Just go to the site and put “clean tile grout” and “homemade cleaner recipe” in the search field.
Let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Once the solution has been applied, you can use the next 30-60 minutes doing something else. The reason why is because that’s approximately the amount of time that your tile and grout need for the solution to fully penetrate it.
Scrub the grout. Say that you got your tile from a store like Garden State Tile and you asked them for a couple of tips on cleaning kitchen tile and grout. Something they would probably tell you is that after the solution has sat on your floor for about an hour, it’s then time to scrub your grout. You can either do it with a grout brush (that you can purchase at your local home improvement store) or even with an old toothbrush (although toothbrushes tend to take longer). The amount of time that you’ll spend scrubbing will vary based upon how large your kitchen floor is. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that if some of the stains are stubborn, you may have to apply more cleaning solution (or a bit of bleach) and scrub a second time.
Rinse the floor. The final step is to then rinse your kitchen floor. Make sure to use clean water, to rinse your floor thoroughly, and then to dry it once you are done. If you make a point to do all of these things once a month, your tile and grout will look amazing at all times.