05 Nov Cleaning Old Germs From Your New Home’s Tile and Grout
Tiles are much more than just a flooring, they can really be the centerpiece of your new bathroom, living room or kitchen. They look elegant and offer a more durable option to carpeting. However, after some time, tile floors can build up layers of grime, germs and dirt which can distract from the aesthetics of your new home’s decor, and can even pose serious health risks. Therefore, cleaning grout is a crucial part of keeping the tiles looking elegant, impressive and germ free.
In this article, we are going to look at the best ways of cleaning old germs from your new home’s grout and tile.
Cleaning Old Germs From Tile and Grout Using Baking Soda
Create a thick paste of water and baking soda. Mix three parts of the baking soda to one part water. This versatile thick paste can be used to clean all colors of grout. Apply the thick paste to all the grout lines using your fingers. You can then dip a wet sponge into a bowl of baking soda and then use it to thoroughly scrub down the tiles and grout lines. Finally, rinse thoroughly using warm water.
Using Dish Soap, Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Make a paste by mixing 3/4 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of dish soap. This paste will clean the grout and tiles in various ways. First, the baking soda will work as a natural abrasive to scrub grout; secondly, the hydrogen peroxide will react chemically with the baking soda to release bleaching oxygen ions; and thirdly, dish soap will help loosen the grime and easily remove grease and old germs.
To clean, apply the paste to the grout lines using a nylon bristled brush. Let the paste sit on the grout lines for about 20 minutes and then rinse the grout and tiles using warm water so as to remove all the paste. You can then use a mop to wipe away any leftover residue.
Another great way of cleaning old germs from grout and tile is steam cleaning. A steam cleaning machine doesn’t require any chemicals, and can be a good option for people with chemical allergies.To clean, fill the reservoir with clean water up to the fill line. Don’t add any soaps or chemicals to the steam cleaner. Turn it on and let it heat up.
When removing old germs from grout and tile, move the cleaning brush back and forth over the tiles and grout. The steam will effectively lift the grime from the tiles and grout, and will also kill any old germs present. You can then use a mop to wipe the excess moisture after you are done steam cleaning.