A kitchen with tiled floor is a good choice for flooring. Tiled floors are easier to clean and maintain and hardy enough to withstand heavy foot traffic on a daily basis. Oftentimes daily sweeping and mopping is all you need to keep your tiled floor clean. The only thing that can mar the beautiful look and finish of your kitchen floor tiles will be the grout which can become grimy from dirt and dust buildup as well as food stains. Grout is the sealant that is placed in between floor tiles to prevent dirt and moisture from seeping in between and under the floor tiles. As this is made from a different material than the tiles, it can get discolored, prone to mildew and can also absorb dirt and oils. With some elbow grease and regular cleaning you can have clean grout that can improve the look of your floor tiles. Here are some tips.
- Sweep the floor to remove dust and dirt. Remove furniture and other objects in the kitchen that can impede your cleaning process. Wash the floor tiles and grout with water to loosen dirt and grime. Some stains can be removed by this simple process.
- For more stubborn grime and food stains mix an equal part of white vinegar and water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray over the area that needs cleaning. Use a stiff nylon scrubbing brush to clean the grout in circular motion. This will clean more area than by simply scrubbing up and down over the grout. Rinse the floor with water and dry with a sponge or cloth mop.
- For grout that has mildew, mix a paste of baking soda and water. Dip a stiff nylon brush on the paste and apply this directly on the grout. Scrub the affected area until the mildew spots are removed. Work in small sections of the floor so that it will be easy for you to clean, rinse and wipe the area dry. Open the windows when you are cleaning the floor tiles so that air can circulate and help in the drying process.
- If the grout is heavily stained you can a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, oxygen bleach and water and chlorine bleach and water. These chemicals should be used with open ventilation. Use rubber gloves when handling these products. Use these sparingly and only on very stubborn stains as this can cause the discoloration of your floor tiles. Always do a spot test in a corner where any discoloration will not be noticeable. Start with a one is to one ratio and increase the amount of water if you find that the solution is too strong.
- Inspect the grout. Some old grout may have become loose or cracked and the application of moisture will allow it to seep into the grout and under the tiles which can cause moisture buildup under the tiles and harbor the growth of mildew. Repair or replace cracked and broken grout by removing them. There are small pouches of pre-mixed tile grout that you can buy from a do-it-yourself shop to replace the grout.
Once you have cleaned the grout between the floor tiles, make doubly sure that it stays that way by applying two coats of grout sealant. You can buy the grout sealant at the hardware store. Make sure that you get the right one for your kitchen floor tiles. This will keep the grout looking like new. Reapply grout sealant at least once a year.