How to Clean Kitchen Tiles
Tiles are a tough surface for kitchens. Many homeowners fix tiles to the wall to act as a splash-back behind their countertops, but they can just as easily be used on the floor or even as a countertop. With so many different tiles and wall tile patterns to choose from, it’s not hard to see why tiles are such an attractive option for kitchens. But if you don’t keep them clean, tiles soon begin to look grubby.
Dirt and limescale build up on the surface and in the grout. This attracts more grime, and in time, your tiles will look well past their sell-by date. In this article, we have some excellent tips to help you clean your kitchen tiles, so they stay fresh and bright for longer.
It is important that you stay on top of the daily cleaning chores. This helps to prevent any dirt and limescale from forming a layer of scum that acts as a breeding ground for bacteria.
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove loose debris, dust, and pet hair each day. This makes life a lot easier if you want to mop the floor. It’s OK to use a brush if your vacuum cleaner won’t reach in some places, but brushes don’t pick up dust particles, so where possible, use a vacuum cleaner. Look for a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment, so you can clean between appliances and under the refrigerator.
Wipe down wall tiles behind the hob at least once a day. This prevents fat splashes and food residue from building up. A cloth soaked in hot, soapy water is fine for daily cleaning tasks.
Get Tough with Cleaning
You can apply a lot of elbow grease when cleaning ceramic kitchen tiles. If you have natural stone tiles, make sure you treat them with a protective waterproofing solution after they have been installed. This will protect them from stains.
Everyday cleaning is best done with a simple solution of warm water, dish detergent, and white vinegar. The soap and water remove the dirt and the white vinegar eradicates limescale deposits and watermarks. For tough stains, add some sodium bicarbonate, rub it in, and leave to soak in for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water.
Tiles are usually pretty easy to clean, but the grout between tiles requires a bit more elbow grease. You shouldn’t need to clean your grout every week, but when it does begin to look a bit grubby, grab an old toothbrush and some bicarbonate of soda and get scrubbing. Do it in a methodical fashion, rinsing the solution away as you go. Don’t worry about making a mess, as you can mop the floor once you have finished cleaning the grout. For stubborn stains, make a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and water and leave it there for 10 minutes.
When you have finished cleaning your tiles, go over them with some white vinegar and a lint-free cloth for extra shine. Follow these tips and your kitchen will be spotless!