Dirty tiles and dingy grout make a room unattractive. The biggest challenge in cleaning tile is not the tile itself but the grout between the tiles. There are many environmentally friendly ways to clean the grout while avoiding harsh chemicals.
The tile material and colour of grout you have must be considered when applying a cleaner. For example, coloured grout cannot be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or any solution that might bleach it while soap products should not be used on ceramic tile since soap leaves a film that can cause mildew. Marble and slate tiles should be kept clean with regular dust mopping or vacuuming; dust and dirt particles can scratch and dull their finishes.
Cleaning with home remedies helps prolong the life of your tiles and grout, and protect their surfaces from damage. By using natural products, there are no harsh chemicals released into the environment. Natural cleaning remedies are also often less expensive than commercial cleaners.
Various types of home remedies are available for cleaning tile and grout. To remove water deposit stains from showers, chrome fixtures, and windows or mirrors, mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/4 cup baking soda, or 2 teaspoons borax with 2 litres water. To make a grout cleaner, mix a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the grout with a toothbrush. Let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping the tile clean.
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