How to Clean Tile Floors with Vinegar and Baking Soda?
Saw this on Pinterest, and thought it looked like a great DIY project:
· Wash the floor with hot soapy water.
· Then aerate the floor with a coarse nail brush.
· Apply the vinegar.
· Spread baking soda on the floor.
· Mix water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to mist the floor.
· If there’s a lot of build up, leave the vinegar on the floor for 15 minutes or so.
· Scrape up with steel wool or broom.
· Rinse with water.
· Use a squeegee to dry the floor.
To Apply the Method, You’ll Need:
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- A Bucket
These two natural cleaners are non-toxic and combine their cleaning power to remove dirt and stains from the tile floors. All you need to do is to keep the vinegar on the stained area without rubbing it into the floor. Leave it to dry for about 5 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. The vinegar will remove any sticky area of the floor which could attract dirt in the future.
Once you are done with that, you can clean the floor with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. This time, due to the effect of the vinegar, all you have to do is to wipe the floor with a damp towel.
You can also apply vinegar to the floors before spraying them with water and then wash the floors. The different pH level of vinegar makes it a good stand-alone cleaner too.
By Using Hot Water and Vinegar
First of all, dampen the tile with clean water so that the vinegar sticks to the tile. Now, mix a solution of hot water and vinegar in the spray bottle. The ratio should be half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of water.
Spray this solution on the tile and look for any changes. If the grout is colored, there is a good chance that the soap will be able to cover the area. You can clean the rest of the tile.
Spray water on the tile and look for any grout stains. As soon as you spot the stains, scrub it with a clean toothbrush. If the stains are too stubborn to remove, you can try using a pumice stone to scrape off the stains from the grout.
Now, use the solution to clean the grout and ensure that the grout is totally dry. Now, apply a coat of neutral grout sealer to the grout. Also, seal the grout every six months.
You can also increase the lifespan of the grout by rinsing it with clean water, and keeping it in a clean place after you are done.
You can clean the grout lines between all the tiles by following these steps.
Handling Deep Grout:
Killing bacteria is the main goal here and the baking soda will help with that as will the vinegar. You will be working with dangerous chemicals. Remember to do this in a properly ventilated room or outdoors. It's a good idea to work in rubber gloves and throw out the gloves rather than washing them off of risk of bacterial contamination. It may also be a good idea to wear an eye mask or goggles.
Begin mixing the vinegar and baking soda in a medium sized bowl. You will want a fine consistency to this paste, so don't be afraid to add a little baking soda at a time until you see it fizz a little. Creating a paste from too much baking soda is easy to do, but it's easy to figure out. The paste will be too runny.
Put on rubber gloves and mix together the vinegar and baking soda in a medium sized bowl.
If you have a smaller area to clean, use a paint roller to apply the paste to the tile and grout. You want to make sure you cover all of the tile as well as the grout with the paste.
Let the paste set for at least an hour. The longer you allow the paste to set, the easier the scrubbing will be.
Wash the paste off with a wet terry cloth towel.
Method No 1:
This is by far the easiest and quickest way to clean and shine your tile floors. It costs next to nothing.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar
- 1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer baking soda
- Some warm water
To prepare the mix, just add half a cup of baking soda into half a cup of distilled white vinegar. Mix them well.
The ratio of baking soda to vinegar should be two to one.
Then, use a clean cloth or a sponge and start cleaning the floor.
Let the mixture sit on the stains for a few minutes (about 5), and even then scrub it.
After scrubbing the stains with this mix, look at the floor and you will see an instantaneous difference.
Also, no rinse is required. Just let it dry and bask in the glory of new looking tile floors.
Method No 2:
Vinegar is a great household cleansing agent. It has the ability to cut through grease and grime, and is also an effective deodorizer.
It also has disinfectant properties which makes it a good cleaner to use in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Vinegar works the best for tough, sticky, and dried on grime. It is a product that is found in every household.
Baking soda is a mild abrasive and natural cleaner. It safely removes stains from surfaces without leaving any residue.
The cleaning agents react together to release the combined powers of both.
I use this method to remove the tough grime and dirt from my basement floors.
Another benefit of using this harmless DIY home remedy is that it is much cheaper than other available commercial products.
Here’s what you need to do to clean your tile floors with baking soda and vinegar:
Prepare a bowl of warm water. Pour 3 tablespoons of vinegar into a bowl. Add in baking soda to the warm water. Together, these items will give off a strong odor; however, that odor will disappear as it reacts.
Cleaning Stiff Stains with Vinegar:
First, use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar to clean your tile floors.
In fact, using vinegar in cleaning will not only clean the tile floors but will even change the pH of your tiles.
It is because of the chemicals present in vinegar that makes them germ free.
All you need to do is to mop the tile floor using vinegar and then wipe them off.
Using excessive amounts of vinegar is going to make the smell of the vinegar spread throughout your home.
Therefore use in small quantities, if you do not like the smell of vinegar around your home.
Warm water may be used along with vinegar to remove stubborn stains.
Now for removing tile floor stains, these can be either from spills or from stamping from your pet.
In case of the former, just make use of a poultice made of baking soda and vinegar. Use a solution of three parts of water and one part vinegar to clean the tile floor.
For the latter, you will need paper towels, floor mop, a bucket of warm water and a spray bottle.
First, spray the area with the vinegar and water solution on the stains.
Then, sprinkle some of the baking soda on the floor.
Now blot the stained area with paper towels.
After that mop it off with a wet mop carefully.
The disadvantage of Vinegar use
Many people who are new to home cleaning often visit online forums and ask for advice on how to clean the tile floors with vinegar and baking soda.
However, there are disadvantages to using vinegar around your home. Here are some disadvantages of using vinegar for tile floors:
Vinegar can be very corrosive to many metals, so just be careful if you’re using it on area rugs or any other area of your home with door hardware or hardware that is made of any material that is not stainless steel.
Also, never use vinegar on marble or limestone countertops around your home. The strong acidity in vinegar will break down and damage any stone surfaces on countertops or your floors that are made from marble or limestone materials.
Also, many people recommend that you should not use vinegar on tile floors in areas around your home that have tile edges. Using a vinegar-based cleaner for these tile floors may cause damage that may lead to breakage.
If you must use vinegar at home to clean your tile floors, the best area for it is along the grout lines of the tiles on your floors.
This is the end of the book, you can see there are a lot of different topics inside and various methods offered to deal with the different problems.
Perhaps what you can take from this book is the main idea of the content: If you can use green cleaning products, the better for people and animals.
Choose the ingredients carefully, as they are all around us, they affect us and our health; and don’t forget to use the most effective method to stop water stains around the house.
The book contains a lot of Green Cleaning Tips, and these are some of them.
Turns out there are a lot of different problems waiting for you, and you can try some of the green solutions to solve them.
About the Author: Zonathon Rayan
Zonathon Rayan is a "doing" type of person who loves to spend time getting his hands dirty. He takes a keen interest in innovations, high technology and nature. Technology is one of his most loved hobbies for obvious reasons. He has previously written about the importance of digital archiving and why people should back up their data.