The kitchen is one part of the house that should be kept especially clean, since it is in the kitchen where the food for the household is prepared. Aside from keeping the cabinets and the cooking materials clean, you should also make sure that the tile floor is spotless and hygienic. Here’s how.
- Sweep. Start by removing the larger debris and dirt on the floor using a broom stick. Be sure to work the corners in the room and in the crevices where dirt has a large tendency to accumulate. You can also use a vacuum for the job.
- Cloth mops. One of the most important tools that you will need to remove dirt in the kitchen tile floor is cloth mops made from strips of fabric. The strips are best for digging into the crevices in between each individual tile. Mops that are made from solid chunks of sponge or other absorbent materials are only suitable for flat flooring. As a substitute for the cloth mops, however, you can also use mops that are made from yarn that has been woven into coils, which will also work its way into the crevices in the tile flooring.
- Cleaning solution. Take a bucket and use it to moisten the mop for the floor. If you regularly clean your kitchen floor, you can use plain hot water. Each month, or if you have not cleaned the floor in a long time, you will need to use a cleaning solution however. The easiest cleaning solution to make is made from one part vinegar and one part hot water. The vinegar has a deodorizing property that will remove the scent from the floor. It will also soften the dirt and make grime easier to remove. If the floor has particularly stubborn dirt that is not easy to remove, you should allow the cleaning solution to set on the floor for a few minutes.
- Spot treatment. If there are grout formations or particular stains in the floor, you can do some spot treatment by using a detergent combined with water, or the vinegar solution. Use a toothbrush which is smaller and easier to focus on the spot on the floor. If the stain is very stubborn, you can use add a teaspoon of muriatic acid and use it to remove the stain. Keep in mind, however, that you should wear gloves while handling muriatic acid since it is very strong. The acid may not be used in sensitive tiles that are hand painted.
- Rinse. After mopping, rinse the floor with warm water. Remove the excess water with the mop. Allow the floor to air dry, or use a blower or a fan to hasten the drying process. Once the cleaning process is finished, you can add a coat of tile polish to keep the tiles clean.
Start from the bottom up, and make your kitchen hygienic by regularly cleaning your tile floors every week at least. With regular cleaning and these steps, the tile floors should be spotless and smelling fresh all day long.