Tile flooring is a versatile option that can be installed almost anywhere. But, cleaning tiles and grout is difficult, especially in areas with a lot of moisture such as the kitchen and bathroom. They can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew if left untreated, leading to health problems.
There are many chemical based floor cleaners available, but home remedies are more convenient and effective. Here are 4 DIY cleaners for grimy grout lines and dirty tile floors.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works as a bleaching agent, while liquid soap helps in removing grease. Make a paste by mixing 1-part hydrogen peroxide, 3-parts baking soda and 1 tablespoon liquid soap. Apply the paste on the tiles and grout line with the help of a toothbrush or scrubbing brush. Let the paste sit for 10-15 minutes and then clean it by pouring hot water on the floor. Use a dry towel to clean the remaining paste and then mop the floor with water.
Vinegar is a multifunctional ingredient when it comes to cleaning. Its acidic properties are great for removing bacteria, mold, and mildew from the tile floors and grout. For this home remedy, you need to prepare two cleaning solutions. First, mix 1-part water with 3-parts baking soda to prepare a paste. Second, mix water and white vinegar in equal proportions. Apply the baking soda paste on the grout lines and spray the vinegar solution on the paste applied. You will immediately notice a chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar as they’ll produce bubbles when combined. After a few minutes, when the bubbling stops, scrub the affected area with a toothbrush. Once the scrubbing is complete, mop the floor clean with water to remove the residue.
Salt is an effective remedy for killing single-cell organisms such as bacteria and mold as it dehydrates them through osmosis. The bacteria-killing ability of salt is useful for cleaning tiles and grout as well.
To get rid of mold and mildew from your tile floors, keep the area wet or rub the area with a damp cloth. Now sprinkle a generous amount of salt on the surface and scrub it into the grout lines. Let the salt sit overnight and then clean it with water in the morning.
Borax is a multipurpose cleaner. It is used for cleaning countertops, washing clothes, removing stains, etc. To remove dirt and grime from grout and tiles, mix ¼ cup of borax with a half cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons liquid soap and 1-gallon warm water in a bucket. Wipe the floors with a mop dipped in this mixture and repeat until the floor is cleaned.
Unlike these DIY cleaners, using artificial cleaners can damage your tiles and lead to discolouration. The home remedies mentioned above are all-natural and can be prepared easily. Apply them on the grout lines to get rid of bacteria in your home.