It is important to keep the tiles and grout clean for two reasons. The first is for the obvious reason which is to make it look nice. The second reason is to slow down the aging process of the floor. If kept unclean the tiles will start to lose their shine and start to fade. The following steps are the most common ways to keep those floors looking new.
1. First, clean the tiles and grout using a broom or vacuum cleaner to get rid of any dust. This is very important because, if you use cleaning solutions when the dust is still present, it can make things worse and be counterproductive.
2. The next step is to apply whatever cleaning solution you plan on using. There are many store-bought products available today. If you are against using those, then there is always baking soda, water, and vinegar. Mix the baking soda with water, approximately three parts soda, one part water, and apply it to the tiles and grout. When applying to grout the best way is to use your fingers, and you can wear gloves to do this. Then, mix some water with vinegar and spray it on the floor and grout. However, do not spray vinegar for certain types of tiles such as marble and limestone. Vinegar can damage these. Let the solution sit for about 30-45 minutes
3. After all of the mixtures are applied, you will notice small bubbles forming. This is basically the combination of baking soda and vinegar working its magic. Afterward, when it is time to clean, start with the tiles first. This is because when the tiles are cleaned some of the debris and dirt will find their way to the grout, hence, the reason why the grout is cleaned last. When cleaning grout, the best way is to get on your hands and knees and use a toothbrush. This is what will give it the extra shine. As far as the tiles go, an ordinary cleaning brush will be enough.
4. After all of this is done, pour some warm water on the floor and let it sit for about 10 minutes. This will loosen any remaining dirt still clinging on. Use a mop to clean up the water, and change the water frequently while mopping.
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