How To Clean Kitchen Tiles The Right Way
Your kitchen is one of the places in your home that gets the most traffic; from cooking to simply hanging out and passing the time, it all happens in the kitchen.
And with constant traffic comes constant dirt; spills, mud, and grit tracked in from outside, and other stains and scrapes that take a toll on your kitchen floor.
Kitchen tiles may be durable but over time, without the proper maintenance, your kitchen tiles will end up not looking permanently grotty and stained.
However, with the right care and techniques, you can keep them looking new and fresh for years.
There is also more than one way how to clean kitchen tiles.
I am going to show you how to clean kitchen tiles the right way.
Things to know before you start
Sweep and vacuum the floor daily: Sweeping and vacuuming your kitchen tiles on a daily basis will maintain a clean kitchen and will make deep cleaning easier.
Also, remember to sweep before you mop. Loose dirt can turn into hard to remove grime if soaked in water.
Clean up spills as soon as possible: Whenever a spill occurs in your kitchen, act fast, and clean it up straight away to avoid stains.
Stock up on disinfectant: The kitchen can be host to a whole cannon of germs. Always have a disinfectant laying around to make sure your meats or even pets don’t get harmed.
Use two mops: Using two mops makes for a more efficient and faster clean.
Now you know the dos and don’ts, let me fill you in on how to get your kitchen tiles clean, the right way.
Step 1: Sweep and vacuum the kitchen tiles
Not only should you sweep and vacuum daily, but you should also sweep and vacuum before you apply any water to your kitchen tiles.
Getting rid of loose dirt with a broom and a vacuum will make the whole cleaning process a lot less painful.
And while sweeping with a dust pan can do the trick, also try vacuuming after you have swept just to be sure.
When vacuuming a great tip is to vacuum in-between the grout as loose dirt can get trapped there, and sometimes a broom can’t reach it.
A handheld vacuum does a great job, but any vacuum with a wand attachment will work wonders too.
Step 2: Get to the tough stains first
Now the loose dirt and debris have been taken care of it’s time to move on.
If you have any stubborn stains on your kitchen tiles, it’s best to get them first.
Attacking the tough stains first will save you time. Also, your cleaning experience will go much more smoothly.
If you have a spill or stain, use a mixture of scouring powder and warm water.
Rub your 50/50 mixture (half warm water, half scouring powder) onto the troublesome stain and leave it to sit for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Get to the grout
Grouting before you mop may seem like a strange step, but hear me out…
Cleaning grout is a tough job that we only want to do once a month or so if necessary. When you get around to grouting, do so before you mop.
The reason for this, just like getting to the stains first, is time-saving and efficiency.
Often when you have to rinse out the grouting solution, you’ll notice that takes a lot of time.
However, if you grout your kitchen tiles and then mop, you’ll save time and will completely get rid of dirt.
The best solution for grouting is a natural one; using baking soda is the best way to get your grout clean.
Make a paste of baking soda and water and with an old toothbrush thoroughly scrub the paste into the grout.
Using a spray bottle filled with water, rinse out the paste. Don’t spend too much time on this as you are about to mop. Repeat until the grout is clean.
If the grout is particularly stubborn, try letting the paste sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub it with the toothbrush.
Step 4: Time to mop
How to clean kitchen tiles: The stubborn stains have vanished and the grout has never been cleaner. Now, time to mop.
Mix half a cup with a water and a dash of detergent to mop your kitchen tiles.
Rinse the floor well, so no soap residue can attract dirt to your tiles.
Dry the floor with your second mop, and enjoy your new shiny kitchen tiles.
The steps I highlighted above are for a deep clean. Yet, you should add some of the tips to your everyday cleaning routine.
Following the steps above will not only speed up your cleaning, but it’ll impress some of those who walk into your kitchen.