Cleaning Ceramic Tile and Grout

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Kitchen Tile After Cleaning

l love my ceramic tile.  So durable.  My husband hates it when something is dropped and it shatters everywhere. Mopping a floor is easier than shampooing a carpet any day.  After a while though the grout will turn mildewy or simply the color of dirt.  How to clean it to get that almost new look?

I’d seen several homemade tile scrub recipes floating around Facebook, .  I even posted one for future reference but it somehow disappeared. The question many of us ask is: Does it work?  Which one?

Nothing like trial and error.  A few things to keep in mind.  There are various kinds of tile, some have a special finish which needs special care.  Pouring bleach on your grout lines is a bad idea.

Grout has a sealant which helps to keep it nice in the first place.  Sprinkle a drop of water on your grout line.  Does it bead up? or does it soak in? If it doesn’t bead up, after cleaning your place, add a sealant to your grout.

I’d rather work with vinegar than bleach.  The first recipe I tried used baking soda and vinegar as a soft scrub type paste.  Let it sit for a while. Sort of worked, as long as you scrubbed hard.  Next I tried a recipe on Integrity Stone and Grout Cleaning.

Tile Before Scrub

Tile Before Scrub

After sweeping, I made up a vinegar water mixture (1 part vinegar 3 parts water).  Working on one area at a time, I’d get the tile area wet with the vinegar water mixture. Next I mixed up (several times) 1/2 c. baking soda, 1/4 c. ammonia, 1/3 c. vinegar and spread it over the grout and spots on the tile.   Let it all sit for 20 minutes.

If I had it to do over, I’d skip the vinegar/water mixture.  Next I took a scrub brush, rag and clean water.  I was surprised how quickly the grimy stuff came off.  Not perfect, but much better.  My youngest complained that the floor was now too light.


Cleaning Ceramic Tile and Grout — 7 Comments

  1. Because we have a restaurant we also own a scrubber. At our house, I mixed vinegar and ammonia with the mop water. Not working to remove the dirt. Then added baking soda to the water. Maybe a little better. Finally, I sprinkled baking soda on the tile and scrubbed over. Miraculous. It cleaned up so much better.

  2. Thanks for the tips for cleaning ceramic tiles. I haven’t ever used a vinegar-water mixture before, but it sounds pretty effective. The other mixture of baking soda, ammonia, and vinegar sounds even more effective! I will have to try them out.

  3. Recipe for Integrity Stone and Grout Cleaning works amazingly.Also using vinegar instead of bleach is also an awesome idea.Very useful post,thank you very much for sharing!

  4. I like your suggestion about adding a sealant to the grout if water doesn’t bead when contacting it. My kitchen floor’s grout is very dirty. I’d love to hire a professional to come out and clean it. Maybe they’d apply the sealant if it’s necessary.

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