As you work your way around your kitchen to prepare meals; you may find that your confidence in cooking isn’t the only thing that’s increasing. With time, you also find dirt, grime and grease accumulating over different areas of your kitchen- more specifically on the tiles and grouts be it on the wall or the floor.
Speaking of tiles; regardless of whether you have installed subway tiles or something bolder- it is your responsibility to clean them on a regular basis. Or else these dirt accumulations will keep building and inevitably make your so-called hygienic kitchen space in-congenial to even be in; let alone prepare dishes.
So, how do you keep them looking neat, dirt-free and appealing? Here are some selected tips which you can follow.
But Before That, Here’s A List of Items You Will Need –Sponge, Clean Cloths, Dish Soap, Lemons, Vinegar, Baking Soda, Grout Sealer, Toothbrush & Paste, Rubber Gloves &… some dose of your diligence!
TIP 1 – Cleaning Your Kitchen Tiles & Grout Using Baking Soda
Even top house cleaning experts operating in Melbourne clearly state that vinegar mixed with baking soda is one effective DIY solution to achieving quality cleanliness on your greasy kitchen (even bathroom) tiles and grouts. So taking their word, here’s what you need to do.
Take some baking soda and mix it with water. Then take a sponge and soak it in the mix. Use it to wipe the dirty tiles and grout lines. Repeat the process if the stains or dirt appear stubborn.
You can put in more elbow grease to remove them from the surface. Or you can also use a scrubber to remove any existing trace of dirt or grease from the tiles and grouts.
Keep wiping and scrubbing until you see no stains or dirt residue left.
Special Note – Since baking soda can be an abrasive component, maintain caution whenever using this. Try not to scrub too hard or you’ll end up damaging the tile surface.
TIP 2 – Cleaning Your Kitchen Tiles & Grout Using Vinegar & Water Solution
Even the most top-rated house cleaning specialists operating in and around Melbourne approve the use of white vinegar- (a natural product) for performing various cleaning tasks. Being mildly acidic, it works wonderfully on stubborn grease and stains, breaks it down and makes it easier to remove them.
It is certainly another technique which you can adopt to eliminate dirt/grime build-up on your kitchen tiles and grout.
Prepare a mixture of water and vinegar and once done, pour it in a spray bottle. Generously apply over those ugly greased tiles and grout lines. Allow the solution to stay for 5-10 minutes and then use a clean cloth to wipe it down.
If you find the stains to be more stubborn than you thought, then you can try another way.
Take some paper towels and wet them in vinegar. Squeeze out the excess vinegar from the paper towels and stick them over the stained tiled areas and its grout lines. Being wet, these paper towels will stick on to the surface without too much fuss.
If you do find the paper drying out, you can spray more (vinegar + water mixture) over to prevent them from falling! Allow the paper towel to stay for at least half an hour. After that rinse!
If some traces are still left, repeat the process.
TIP 3 – Cleaning Your Kitchen Tiles & Grout with Borax & Lemon
Borax- (or Sodium Borate) is another popular DIY cleaning trick which you can use mixing with lemon juice to remove those stubborn stains and grease marks from your kitchen tiles and grout.
Even professional tile and grout cleaners recommend using it for daily household cleaning especially when dealing with stubborn food stains or spills- be it on the tile floor or tiled walls.
You can most certainly go for it, and here’s what you need to do.
In a bowl pour some Borax and mix with lemon juice. Keep mixing until forms a smooth paste. Then either using a sponge or any other cleaning tool at your disposal; apply the paste over those stained areas of the tile and grout surface. Apply evenly and then allow it to rest for at least 20-25 minutes. This will allow it to absorb all the existing grime, dirt and other filth.
Once the time is up; look to scrub off the mixture using a damp cloth or sponge. If you still notice some visible traces on the tile or grout, repeat the process.
MORE CLEANING IDEAS (For Kitchen Grouts, in Particular)
The two things which plague your kitchen grouts are food splatters and cooking grease. However, if you neglect it’s cleaning for a sustained period, it may even show signs of black spots otherwise recognised as mildew growth.
As they grow and spread, they tend to release spores around the kitchen space which cause breathing issues, particularly if your dear ones suffer from Asthma or other respiratory issues. No way in hell should you allow such mildew to hamper the health of your loved ones!
Here Are More Cleaning Ideas Which You Can Use
- Clean The Kitchen Grout Using A Mix Of White Vinegar And Baking Soda.
Form it into a paste and apply it over the grout. For the application; you can even use a toothbrush. Properly rub the solution over the grout and allow it to rest for 30-mins. Then wipe it off using a piece of cloth. If more spots need attending; repeat the process.
- Clean The Kitchen Grout Using Only Bleach
You can also opt for a stronger cleaning agent called Bleach to shine your kitchen grout. You can apply it over the grout either by dipping a sponge or using a discarded toothbrush.
Alternatively; you can also make a paste using bleach with baking soda and apply that over the grout surface using a toothbrush. Simply allow it to stay for 20-25 mins and then remove it using a cloth. Repeat, if some traces are still noticeable.
Be sure to open the windows to allow the fumes to move out. Also, wear gloves when using bleach.
- Clean The Kitchen Grout Using Toothpaste
You can simply squeeze some paste over the old toothbrush and scrub the grout lines. If there is more surface area to cover; you can use a sponge instead of a toothbrush. Scrub properly and then rinse.
- Clean The Kitchen Grout Using Commercial Cleaners & Dishwasher Solutions
You can also clean your kitchen tiled walls, floors and grout using your everyday dishwasher detergent or other commercial cleaners. Use a sponge to apply it over the grout lines.
Do it in a circular motion and after 10-15 minutes, rinse. Repeat, if traces of dirt are still visible.
(Special Mentioning) – After the grout has completely dried out (which precisely takes a few hours); add one or two coats of a quality sealant. Go for silicon-based grout sealers as they are quite popular and even favoured by many. It will protect your tile grout from future dirt build-up.
Following these DIY tiles and grout cleaning tips will keep your kitchen walls and floors sparkling and dirt-free. Plus, it will also contribute to a safer breathing environment.
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