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How to clean black floor tiles

You would think that when you lay down black floor tiles in your home that the dark colour would hide all of the dirt that accumulates with foot traffic. Unfortunately, the result is quite the contrary. Black floor tiles tend to show a lot of dirt, which robs them of their gloss or perfect matt finish. Switching your usual cleaning product, to one that contains distilled white vinegar and castile soap, will keep your black floor tiles looking their best without leaving a residue. Follow these steps.

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Fill a 946ml spray bottle halfway with water. Do not add more water than half of the spray bottle because you will need room for the addition of the vinegar and castile soap, as well as, empty space for the ingredients to breathe.

Pour 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar into the spray bottle of water. If you have a spray bottle that is bigger or smaller than 907gr, adjust the measurements, while keeping the ratio 1/2 quart of water to 1/2 cup of vinegar.

Add five drops of castile soap to the mixture in the spray bottle. For a smaller spray bottle you will want to cut the amount down to approximately two drops, and for larger spray bottles you may use as much as five to six drops of additional soap.

Fasten the spray bottle's top and give the bottle a light shake to evenly disperse the contents. Spray the black floor tiles generously with the soap, vinegar and water mixture.

Mop the black floor tiles with a microfiber mop, going over the tiles with the mop until all of the dirt and cleaner have been removed. Continue the process of spraying the tiles, and mopping with the microfiber mop until the black floor tiles sparkle.

Tip

If the microfiber mop becomes overly dirty while cleaning, rinse it under warm water and wring it out well. Continue with the spraying and mopping procedure. Castile soap is a 'green' cleaner that is made from plant oils instead of synthetics and other dangerous chemicals. There are quite a few online stores that sell castile soap, which can even be used to replace your shampoo, and the soaps that you use in your washing machine and dishwasher.

Warning

Any cleaner that is left to set on the tile will only become a magnet for dirt, requiring additional cleaning.

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Things You'll Need

  • 946ml spray bottle
  • 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • Five drops of castile soap
  • Microfiber mop

About the Author

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.

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