Dirt and other unwanted residues are hard to avoid, and because of that, your tiles will most likely have dirt build up and lose its shine. If a tile loses its shine, it will look dull and boring which is not appealing. We don’t want our guests to find our homes unappealing, because what we invariably want is to show them how neat, clean, and organized our home is.
The only answer to making our home tiles shine again is to clean and buff them - but most commercial products are expensive and could be difficult to determine which one’s the most effective. Don’t lose hope, we will grant you knowledge on how to give your tiles it’s original shine back again, the natural and cost-effective way.
So do-it-yourselfers, here are some effetive DIY ways to make your tiles shine again.
One way to eliminate bacteria and dirt in your tile is by applying vinegar. White vinegar contains acetic acid, acetic acid is the main component of a vinegar, and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Among organic cleaners, vinegar is the most cost-effective. Infuse equivalent parts of vinegar and water into a bottle and mix.
Next, spray generously onto your tiles. Let it sit for a few minutes. And grab your brush and sponge and start rubbing your tile. Using vinegar may cater an unpleasant odor, but will vanish in just minutes. Use air fresheners after to eliminate the foul smell.
Vinegar and baking soda
By using vinegar and baking soda, mix equal parts of vinegar and baking soda in a bowl, after that you will have a vinegar and baking soda paste, apply the mixture to your tiles then brush accordingly. Just like the use of vinegar, this mixture eliminates bacteria and fungi, and will also give your tile a shine.
Ammonia, borax, and vinegar
Combine ½ cup of ammonia, ½ cup of vinegar, and ¼ cup of borax, then mix thoroughly 1 gallon of water. After applying the mixture to your tiles, then you can use a sponge or a mop then start rubbing or mopping your tile. After applying the mixture thoroughly, rinse the tile with clean water, then it airs dry.
Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap
Pour in ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 teaspoon of dish soap, any brand would work as long as it is a dish soap. Administer completely the ingredients in a bowl or a jar. After establishing the mixture, apply to your tile, just like the ammonia, borax, and vinegar mixture, you can use a mop, a brush, a sponge, or a towel to rub the surface. After, rinse with clean water and let it air dry, and wait for your tile to bring it’s shine back. Take note that this mixture also works in your tubs, sinks, and mirrors too so don’t hesitate to try it on them.
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