The lime, soap scum, mold and dust that accumulate on our tiles cause them to lose their shine. If you want them to look perfect and shiny again, take note of these tips to clean them in an easy and simple way.
Products so common in our homes such as vinegar, bicarbonate, or hydrogen peroxide, can be great allies to get rid of any remaining dirt or bacteria installed on our tiles.
The best way to remove lime scale is with a mixture of white vinegar and water.
We will dip a cloth in that solution and begin our cleaning. Then, wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residue that may have remained. Finally, we will pass a dry cloth to shine.
In case there is a lot of lime build-up, we can heat the vinegar and water and, when applying it on the wall, we will let it act for a few minutes. Another option for these difficult cases is to mix the vinegar with soap and rub with a sponge. Next, we will rinse the area with a cloth soaked in water.
With these steps we will leave our tiles shiny and free of lime.
When we talk about kitchen tiles, in addition to lime, especially around the areas near the sink, we also come across another problem: grease.
The best way to clean kitchen tiles is with ammonia. To do this, we will fill a basin with water and pour a jet of ammonia. Next, with the help of a cloth or a sponge, we will clean the area. Finally, we will rinse the surface with a wet cloth and dry with a clean one.
Remember wear gloves when using ammonia, ventilate the area well and avoid contact with the face, especially with the eyes, since it is a very corrosive product.
For a quick maintenance cleaning, you can take advantage of and clean the bathroom walls right after you shower. Steam generated by hot water softens dirt making cleaning easier. If we also wipe with a little alcohol, the result will be very satisfactory.
Fungus and mold stains
The horrible black stains of mold and fungus that sometimes appear between the tiles are quite unaesthetic and even unhygienic, especially in the area of the bathtub since it is one of the places where there is usually more humidity.
Removing them is quite difficult, but there are some tricks that can help us in this arduous task.
- Sodium bicarbonate: Without a doubt, as we have seen in this section countless times, it is one of the star products in home cleaning, especially when it comes to whitening. To do this, we will make a mix of water and baking soda and sprinkle it on the wall. We will let it act for a while and remove it with another moistened cloth.
- Peroxide: We will apply a little of this product and let it act for approximately 15 minutes. Next, we will rub with a brush and rinse it with water.