How to clean dirty tiles in 5 easy steps

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Getting your tiles squeaky clean is important if you want a clean home!

Tiled floors look dazzling when they’re clean. Most kitchens and bathrooms are fitted with them. They are timeless classics for interior design thanks to their elegant design. However, you might have putten off “clean dirty tiles” from your to-do list after the start of the New Year.

But with Christmas over and Chinese New Year around the corner, you’re probably in the midst of decluttering. So that’s why your kitchen and bathrooms need to be spotless by February! If you haven’t given your tiles a good clean recently, you might be putting it off because it feels like a mammoth task. But fear not!

Even if your tiled floors aren’t in the best shape, a little elbow grease will help to clean dirty tiles back to their best by the time Chinese New Year rolls around!

5 ways to clean dirty tiles

1. Use a vacuum cleaner

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Clear up any food residue and dirt from your tiles by hoovering it up. By all means, sweep if you prefer using a broom. However, it may not pick up all the crumbs and loose debris. Furthermore, they may fall into the cracks between tiles.

If you do hoover, then remember to change the head to one that’s suitable for hard floors. In the long run, it will preserve the tiles and minimise scratches.

2. Mop the area

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If there are liquid spills and stains on your floor, then damp mopping is an effective way to clean dirty tiles. When you act quickly after a spill, your mop can clear all sorts of liquids like juices, sauces, oil and even urine.

  • Use warm water
  • Wet the mop and squeeze any excess out so it is just damp
  • Wipe the tiled floor in an even motion
  • For stubborn stains, leave the damp mop on the affected tile for a few minutes. The heat will make the grime easier to clean afterwards.

3. Using a cloth and white vinegar

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Vinegar is a great way to remove stubborn stains. It’s also a natural way to clean dirty tiles. Furthermore, it’s less harsh than consumer chemical products like bleach or ammonia. Also, vinegar removes odours! You will need:

  • A spray bottle
  • A microfibre cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • A funnel

Use the funnel to help pour the liquids into your spray bottle. Mix equal parts water and vinegar. Afterwards, give it a good shake to make a stain-destroying solution. And using this solution to clean dirty tiles couldn’t be easier!

  • Spray the solution onto the tiles with stains
  • Wipe it off using the cloth
  • If the stain is stubborn or old, leave the solution to work its magic for 5 minutes. Then wipe it off with the cloth

4. Using baking soda

Baking soda is another great alternative as a stain removal agent. If you don’t have vinegar lying around, then this is your ticket when you’re looking to clean dirty tiles. For this you will need:

  • An unwanted toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A cloth towel

Make a solution by adding a bit of baking soda into some water. After you mix it in a bowl into a paste, you’re ready to tackle the grime that wouldn’t budge.

  • Apply the paste onto the tile or grout with the stain
  • Use the toothbrush to scrub the dirt off
  • For stubborn stains leave the paste on for 5 minutes (especially for grout)
  • After you’re finished spot cleaning, use the cloth to wipe the paste off

5. Apply rubbing alcohol

When all else fails, rubbing alcohol is very effective when you want to clean dirty tiles. However, it’s normally a last resort because frequent use can cause damage to the tiles in the long run. You shall need:

  • A funnel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Warm water
  • A spray bottle
  • An unwanted toothbrush
  • A cloth

Pour equal amounts of rubbing alcohol and water into the spray bottle using the funnel. This solution is particularly potent so be sure to wear rubber gloves!

  • Spray the alcohol solution onto the dirty tile
  • Scrub with the toothbrush gently to dislodge grime and dirt
  • Wipe clean dirty tiles with the cloth

Elbow grease and some homemade cleaning solutions to make your tiles shine again

With these tips, you should be able to clean dirty tiles in your home without a problem. However, we do advise to clean any spills as soon as possible to prevent stains from forming.

Also, take note that you can combine a couple of these tips! Such as mopping and adding some white vinegar into the water for a more potent cleaning agent.

Written by

Vinnie Wong