7 Ways to Keep Your Floor Tiles Looking New
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– By Makafui Abena Kuffo
Porcelain and ceramic floor tiles have become very common floor finishes in homes, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and other buildings in Ghana. Undoubtedly, Homeowners have come to adore these floor finishes because of their beauty in style and their classic nature. Sadly, Porcelain tiles and ceramic floor tiles would not always remain as beautiful as they were when you first got them installed.
Like every other floor finish, porcelain tiles and ceramic floor tiles experience wear and tear too. But the is good news is, you can keep them looking new and sparkling for a more extended period with proper cleaning and maintenance measures. If you are wondering how you keep your floor tiles looking new, this guide is for you.
Here are 7 ways to Keep Your Floor Tiles looking sparkling always:
1. Apply Kerosene to Rust Spots.
Stubborn rust stains on floor tiles can ruin the beauty of your tiles and keep them looking dull. We usually find stubborn rust stains on floor tiles when the refrigerator is directly placed on the floor tiles over a long period. They cannot be cleaned with ordinary water only. Kerosene is very useful when it comes to cleaning rust spots. Kerosene cleans rusts thoroughly without leaving marks or scratches on the floor tiles.
To do this, wet your rug with kerosene. Leave at the stained portion of the floor for about 10 minutes, wipe well and clean with soapy water to eliminate the smell of kerosene. Mop with clean water afterward and get rid of rust stains on your floor tiles.
2. Lemon Juice, Vinegar and Hot Water for Foggy Looking Floor Tiles
These are affordable, Do-It-Yourself cleaners, used in place of all-purpose floor cleaners. Lemon Juice and Hot Water Solutions or Vinegar and Hot Water Solutions are very useful when it comes to cleaning cloudy or foggy looking floors.
To use this method, sweep your floor very well, mix a cup of white distilled vinegar or lemon juice with a bucket of hot water and mop the floor with the mixture. Empty the bucket that has the solution, fill with clean water again and clean your floor. Leave floor to dry and watch it glow!
3. Baking Soda & Water for Grout and Tile Stains
For stubborn floor tile stains, it is advisable to use baking soda and warm water. Mix a half cup of baking soda with a bucket of warm water, mop floor with the solution, empty bucket, mop again with clean water and watch your floor tile sparkle!
Baking Soda can equally be used for stubborn stains in grouts of floor tiles. Form a paste with baking soda and water. Apply paste to grouts, leave for about 15 minutes and scrub grouts with a toothbrush.
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4. Club Soda, Water, and Detergent for Grease Stains
When you have grease stains on your floor, it is advisable to use club soda, water, and detergent to clean floors. It works like magic and keeps your floor tiles looking bright.
To do this, dip mop in club soda to mop the entire floor. After a while, mop the floor with a solution of water and detergent. Finally, mop the floor with clean water and watch you floor tiles glow.
5. Soak Cloth in Diluted Bleach & Apply to Stain Overnight
You could also soak a cloth in diluted bleach and apply to stain overnight to get rid of stains.
6. Ammonia Solution for Mildew
When applying this method, ensure that your room is well ventilated and wear rubber gloves. Prepare a solution of ammonia and water. Half of the capacity of the solution should be of ammonia while the other half is water. With the help of a soft brush, scrub the area that has the mildew. Mop the floor with clean water.
7. Hot Water & Detergent for Stains Caused by Tea, Coffee & Juice
Hot water and detergent are often used for milder stains like stains caused by coffee, tea, and juice. Mix a mild detergent with hot water and mop floor with the mixture. Clean with water and watch your floor shine.
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