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Cleaning ceramic tile floors ranks high as a labor intensive task and manufacturers of cleaning products have yet to come up with an easy short-cut.
Numerous tile cleaning products bombard the TV screen day and night with steaming floor cleaners, swiveling floor cleaners, squirting floor cleaners and floor cleaners that suggest the floor gets clean and sanitized with a thin, disposable cloth. In reality, these products just shove the dirt around. Why do consumers suddenly need all of these products when grandma and great-grandma got along perfectly fine without them? The answer is simple: big money for corporations and the advertisers who convince consumers they can’t live without them.
Tile Floor Cleaning Products
This list of cleaning supplies contains two fairly new, ingenious items. One looks like an electric toothbrush, and the other looks like a pair of house slippers with mop soles. Find these items at the major discount stores. However, price them in household cleaning products, and then go to automotive. The same, yet considerably cheaper, item is sold to clean nooks and crannies in the car. The rest of the supplies are fairly common:
- Rubber gloves
- Two buckets of water
- Baking soda
- Window cleaner
- Large household sponge
- One pair of mop slippers
- Damp rag
Cleaning Ceramic Tile Floors
Fill two buckets with warm water: One bucket for rinse water and the other for cleaning solution. In one bucket, add 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar. Put on the rubber gloves, get down on the floor with the sponge and start cleaning in circular motions.
Getting on the floor to clean the tile may not appeal to everyone, but it goes very quickly and many of the best housekeepers do it this way. As the sponge gets dirty, rinse it out in the rinse bucket and go over the tile again. Do this with each tile until the entire floor is clean.
Grout and Tile Cleaning
Use the baking soda and electric scrubbing tool to clean the grout. Sprinkle a little baking soda on the area, wet the scrubber and start scrubbing. Wipe with a damp rag.
Shining Ceramic Tile Floors
Put on the mop slippers, spray some window cleaner on the floor, and skate around shining the tiles with the mop slippers. The kids might enjoy doing this part of the chore. Toss the mop slippers in the laundry when you’re through.
Getting the tile floor clean requires a little elbow grease. Stay away from all the gimmicky products that just shove the dirt around and cost too much. Purchase earth-friendly products or make your own. Impress neighbors, relatives and friends with a bright clean floor.