- Mild dish soap
- Baking soda (for tougher stains)
- White vinegar (optional for natural cleaning)
- Warm water
- Sponge or soft cloth
- Soft-bristle brush (for grout)
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Prepare Cleaning Solution: Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water in a bucket. For a more natural option, mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water.
- Wipe the Tiles: Dip a sponge or soft cloth into the cleaning solution. Wring it out so it’s damp, not dripping, and wipe down the tiles. This removes surface dirt and grime.
- Tackle Tough Stains: If you encounter stubborn stains, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply it directly to the stain, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub gently with a soft-bristle brush or cloth.
- Clean the Grout: Grout can be cleaned using the same baking soda paste. Apply it to the grout lines, then scrub with a soft-bristle brush. For deeper cleaning, you can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
- Rinse Thoroughly: After scrubbing, rinse the tiles and grout lines with clean water to remove any residue of the cleaning solution.
- Dry the Tiles: Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the tiles. This prevents water spots and gives your tiles a shiny finish.
Tips for Maintenance:
- Regularly sweep or vacuum the floor to prevent dirt accumulation.
- Immediately clean up spills to prevent staining.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaners or scrubbers that can scratch the tile.
Visit your Trilling True Value hardware store for a selection of tile cleaners, soft-bristle brushes, and other cleaning supplies. We have local tips or products specifically suitable for the project.
- Always test cleaning solutions on a small, inconspicuous area first.
- Wear gloves when using cleaning solutions to protect your skin.
- Ensure good ventilation when using cleaning products.
For Further Reading:
Check out This Old House’s guide on cleaning kitchen tiles for more in-depth information.