How clean is your floor

This is how your floor tiles will get really clean

Admittedly, my floor tiles in the kitchen could be cleaned more regularly. I also like to cook with lots of ingredients. That leaves its mark. In my case, stains and sometimes sticky dirt.

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The good news: tiles are hard-wearing

Most types of tiles, such as the popular ceramic tiles, are not particularly delicate and are relatively easy to clean. Caution is advised with natural tiles, for example made of terracotta. Here you should proceed a little differently when cleaning.

Sweeping for the coarse dirt

Do you use washing powder, detergent capsules or liquid detergent to wash your clothes?

I started my tile cleaning campaign with a broom in hand. In this way, coarse dirt can be removed quickly and easily.

Wipe with a damp cloth: What should be considered?

A normal all-purpose cleaner, floor cleaner or even ordinary washing-up liquid is usually sufficient to wipe your tiles. Some also prefer vinegar cleaners, which also dispel unpleasant smells and work well against limescale deposits. Add the recommended dosage of the agent of your choice to the warm cleaning water and wipe your floor with a mop or a scrubber and cloth.

This helps with stubborn stains

Even stubborn stains can usually be removed easily from tiles. Normal cleaning agents, such as Viss Kraft & Glanz Bath & Shower, are usually sufficient for this. Soak the stains with the warm cleaning water for about 5 minutes and then wipe the floor again. In my case there were a few places where soaking didn't help either and which I had to tackle with a brush and cleaning water. It is important that you do not use a brush that is too hard. You can also use a scrubber or plastic sponge for single treatments. However, metal sponges and sharp objects to scrape off the dirt are taboo. They could leave ugly scratches on the tiles.

Lime stains on the floor

Limescale stains can perhaps still be ignored on light-colored tiles. But my floor tiles are gray and lime has also left its mark here. A simple home remedy for limescale deposits is natural fruit acid, such as that found in oranges. Rub the lime stains with an orange slice, leave it on for half an hour and then rinse with clean water.

This will make joints clean again

You may have guessed it: my joints also looked a bit worn. But with a few tricks and simple means, an amazing cleaning effect can also be achieved here. I mixed baking powder with a little water, rubbed this paste on the grout with an old toothbrush and then rinsed it off with clear water. You can also use a grout brush. Try it! You will be amazed. Always make sure to change the cleaning water in between, especially if you are cleaning a large area or if a lot of dirt has accumulated. Then the dirt dissolved in the water cannot discolor the tile joints.

You can find more tips on cleaning your grout here.

After intensive cleaning and wiping, you can let your floor tiles dry well. Finally, you can wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. This brings out the natural shine of the tiles even better.

How often should tiles be cleaned?

After the extensive intensive cleaning of my floor tiles, I have made a firm decision to clean more regularly in the future. So far, it has also worked well to wipe the kitchen floor once a week. In contrast to more sensitive wooden floors such as parquet or laminate, frequent cleaning with water does not damage tiles.

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