How to Make Tile Shine

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There is no excuse why you would want to keep your household clean. Sometimes you may not be able to find the time to keep your house spotless. But whether your family is coming over, you're hosting friends or you actually can't see the original color of your floor, there are several ways to make tile shine. All you need are a couple of ingredients and some music to pass the time.

How to Make Tile Shine
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How to Clean Your Tile

If you're not looking to spend that much money on cleaning your floor, all you will need is a bucket, a couple of cleaning rags, a mop, vinegar and club soda. You're going to mix about 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. The water doesn't need to be super hot in the bucket – just warm enough to remove the dirt off of the tile. If your tile is in need of a really deep clean, you can increase the amount of vinegar. The ratio should be about 1 cup to each gallon of water you use – and that's if you haven't cleaned your floors in a while. Beware that the more vinegar you use, the more it will permeate your household. Using a mop, you're going to apply that solution to clean the entire floor. Just make sure to squeeze out any excess liquid because you don't want the solution to be sopping on the floor. If you need to spot clean any area, you're going to use a clean rag.

After You Clean the Floor

After you thoroughly clean your floor or tile, you are going to empty out the bucket and fill it with club soda. Mop the floor with the club soda or use a clean rag to wipe down the walls, countertops or other ceramic tile areas. The club soda adds a nice polished look to the clean tile.

How to Clean Grout

There's nothing worse than having clean ceramic tile, but then still having dirty grout. Grout has super large pores, which allows more liquid to seep in. Over time, dirt and liquid will soak up into the grout, which changes the color of it and makes it looky dirty or old. To clean the grout, all you need to do is mix equal parts of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. Let the spray mixture sit on the grout for about 30 minutes. If you have colored grout, do not use this mixture because it will bleach the grout. For colored grout, you're going to use a heavy duty cleaner and an old toothbrush.


Allanah Dykes is a freelance writer and her work has been featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, Popsugar, Complex, Gurl, The Kitchn, HelloGiggles, Revelist, and Food 52.

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