Are you buying a new home or remodeling one?  Are you excited about your new tile floors?  Are you wondering how to keep them look new for longer?  Tile floors will look new for many years, if properly cleaned.  Since dirty grout makes floors look much older, be sure to clean your grout regularly.  Making a gentle cleaning solution for your tile floor is simple and cost effective.  You’ll need to purchase a few low-cost supplies and follow a few simple instructions to properly care for your tile floor.

Purchase the supplies needed

You will need the following supplies to make your cleaning solutions:

  • baby shampoo
  • a rag or chamois-type mop
  • baking soda
  • fresh lemon juice
  • stiff nylon hand brush
  • bucket
  • spray-bottle

 

You can use any type of baby shampoo.  Don’t buy a sponge mop as it pushes dirty water into grout lines and makes the grout more difficult to clean.   Don’t use metal brushes as they will ruin your grout.

Mix the mopping solution

Use two tablespoons of baby shampoo per one gallon of hot water.   Now mix these in a bucket and begin mopping.   You need to constantly change the water while mopping.  Dirty water will make your floors look cloudy.

Getting rid of soap residue

Sometimes tile floors look dull as a result of soap residue.  Mix one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with 12 ounces of water.   This is only safe for ceramic tile floors.  The acid will ruin marble floors.  Rinse the lemon juice thoroughly and buff dry with a lint-free cloth.

Make a spray-bottle cleaning solution

Choose which of the cleaning solutions previously mixed you want to use as a spray cleaner.  You will need the spray cleaner for accidents and grout cleaning days.

Mix the grout cleaning solution

Use baking soda and water.  You want to make a paste-like substance with this mixture.

Cleaning the grout

Rub the paste mixture on your grout.  Let it sit overnight and scrub it with the nylon brush the next morning.  Now use your spray-bottle cleaning solution to clean the grout and tile.   After your grout completely dries, use a sealer to help protect it from future dirt and stains.

Gently cleaning your tile floors will keep them looking new for many years.  Make sure to clean the grout regularly as dirty grout makes floors look older.  Making a gentle mopping solution for your tile floors is easy and affordable.

Source: www.housebeautiful.com

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