3 Budget-Friendly Ways to Clean Your Tile Floors
Sometimes all a tile floor needs is a good sweeping. Brooms are relatively cheap if you don’t yet own one. The thick bristles can help get into those tough-to-reach spots within the grout. By removing the build-up of dirt and grit, you’re removing the nutrients and environment for bacteria and mold to grow. It may not sanitize, but it’s a cheap way to keep bacteria from growing and to keep your floors looking fresh and new.
2. Clean The Grout
One of the most dangerous parts about a tile floor is the grout–those little grooves that connect one tile to another. These areas can fill with bacteria if not properly cleaned. How can you get in there and remove the potential infectious risk? Sometimes just sandpaper or even a pencil eraser will work to clean out the grout. The rough exterior scratches the nasty grit right out of the groove, allowing you to wipe it off when performing regular mopping. If you want to sanitize, don’t bother buying those expensive tubs of chemicals. You can make your own home-brewed sanitation vat that costs way less. Just mix bleach and water together, and then either squirt or pour the mixture over the grout. Rub hard, and you’ll soon find those grout lines looking as clean as the day the floor was installed.
3. The Old Trick
People use baking soda for everything. You can use it to clean your tile floors, too! By combining baking soda with water, you can form a paste. This paste is then spread over the area you wish to clean–particularly useful for stains or grout lines that just refuse to look clean–and then let the paste sit overnight. Once morning hits, take a stiff nylon brush and scrub your heart out until the paste and stain are removed. You may need to repeat this process a few times depending on how dark the stain is on the floor. Also, as a free tip, to prevent further stains in the future, try applying a silicone-based sealer to the grout lines.
There’s no reason why you can’t have clean floors and a full wallet!