Ceramic tiles are a permanent element of every bathroom and kitchen decor. They are present in many homes, but do they really take good care of them? See how to properly clean and care for ceramic tiles.
Cleaning lotions and pastes of various types are best for this purpose in bathrooms. They will effectively prevent scale and soap residue from settling again. However, you should remember to match the detergent to the type of tile in your bathroom. High-gloss tiles may become dull after using a lotion with polishing granules, and in extreme cases, microcracks may appear in them, which will drastically accelerate the process of tile deterioration.
In kitchens, where we have to deal with other types of stains, a solution of dishwashing liquid and water will work better, which will dissolve stubborn grease deposits on tiles around the stove.
For high-gloss tiles, a great cleaning agent is a 3:1 solution of water and vinegar. The vinegar will not only make the tiles shine, but will also disinfect them . To get rid of the characteristic smell that may remain after cleaning with vinegar solution, you can boil water with a teaspoon of cinnamon in a pot. The spicy smell will spread around the room, eliminating the pungent vinegar smell.
Another natural way to clean ceramic tiles from difficult stainsis to prepare a paste of baking soda, vinegar and warm water . Apply this paste on the stain and wait a few minutes, after that wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth.
The most obvious solution seems to be a dish sponge. This is a very good tool for washing tiles. The sponge is rather gentle on the tile, and for more stubborn dirt you can use the rough side, designed for scrubbing .
A microfiber cloth will also be great for cleaning ceramic tiles. Microfibers are very effective at washing away even greasy stains, and often water alone without cleaners or detergents is enough to clean tiles with such a cloth.
Paper towels are not always the right choice. In the case of very sensitive to scratches and scratching tiles, the kitchen paper towel can leave tiny scratches, which with prolonged repetition will lead to tarnishing of tiles. In addition, disposable towels leave unsightly dust-like or hair-like particles on the tiles.
A squeegee is useful for taking care of bathroom tiles, especially in the shower. Regularly removing water after showering or bathing will prevent limescale and soap residue from building up. If you don’t have a squeegee, a dustpan with a rubber strip will work just as well.
Washing and caring for the walls on which tiles are laid is not only about washing the tiles themselves. To make sure that the tiles are well maintained and keep their aesthetic appearance for a long time, you can not forget about caring for the grout. For this purpose, you can also use ordinary baking soda. Apply a thick paste of baking soda and warm water on the grout for a few minutes. After this time, gently scrub the spaces between the tiles with a toothbrush with soft bristles, so as not to damage the structure of the grout. This method effectively removes dirt, grease and dust collected between tiles.
Taking care of ceramic tiles in both the kitchen and the bathroom is not a difficult task at all. Often, all you need are natural remedies that you are sure to have in your kitchen cupboard. Vinegar or baking soda are much cheaper and more eco-friendly than chemical cleaners.
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