Grimy tiles? Yuck! Don’t let lousy cleaning habits ruin your tiles! Not cleaning your tiles with due diligence can take away from your Adelaide home’s beauty dramatically.
Accumulated filth and grease can do a lot worse than cloud up your tile walls and floors. As bacteria and fungi begin their invasion, gross smells and serious health issues can arise in your home.
This situation can quickly escalate in bathrooms and kitchens where humidity, high temperatures and food residue help microorganisms take over!
With a little dedication and a proper technique, you can keep your tiles sparkling clean year-round!
These tips will help your Adelaide home’s floor, wall, kitchen and bathroom tiles look shiny and new:
Wipe down tile surfaces regularly
The best way to clean most tile surfaces is with a basic wipe down. Tackle any spills or stains as soon as they appear, using a cloth rag. Liquids collect dust and if coloured, can create lasting stains. Greasy tile walls in the kitchen attract dirt and bacteria. The best way to prevent these problems is timely action. Wiping is easy, quick and can save you from having to engage in challenging cleaning later on.
Try DIY Cleaners For Your Bathroom Tiles
Tiles are mostly easy to clean. But, when it comes to bathrooms, the situation changes. Without daily wiping and drying, soap scum inevitably clings to your tile walls. Watermarks, especially in hard water zones, are another big issue. Together they can make your bathrooms dull and dingy.
Many people, fearful of letting scum take over their bathrooms, rely on harsh, toxic products. However, keeping your Adelaide home’s tiles shiny and scum free, doesn’t have to involve introducing harmful agents into your home. Homemade cleaners, particularly those based on vinegar, are more gentle and just as efficient! Additionally, since making your own tile cleaner calls for staple pantry items, you’ll save money too!
Cleaning your tiled surfaces is a must. At least if you appreciate living in a neat, sanitary area. However, your cleaning routine can also cause damage to your tiles if you aren’t careful.
Scratches are a common form of damage that can occur during cleaning. The main culprit? Dust and debris! During cleaning, dust and debris particles get rubbed against your tiles, creating micro-scratches. The small crevices then continue collecting dirt while distracting from your tile’s beauty. Prevent scratching by vacuuming regularly to get rid of any loose debris. Once you get to the wiping or mopping, aim for microfiber or soft rags that won’t cause any damage.
Use a toothbrush to target tile grout
The tiny and porous surface of grout is a real challenge, even for the experienced clean freak. However, the lack of dedication in this area can have the most unpleasant results.
Filthy grout quickly becomes brown or black. Plus, liquid stains easily wiped down are absorbed quickly creating long-lasting damage. As your grout gets dirtier, the look of your entire tiled surface changes for the worse.
When it comes to cleaning grout, an old toothbrush can be your best friend. It’s small enough to get into the tiny lines between your tiles and get rid of all the gunk. Just make sure to avoid scrubbing over the actual tile surface to avoid any scratches.
Don’t feel like scrubbing? Investing in a grout sealer can help you get rid of your dirty grouts with half the effort!