How to Make Tile Floors Shine Without Wax
Being the owner of a beautiful home is what everyone dreams of. If you were lucky enough to get one, the next challenge you are going to face is, installing the right kind of flooring that could meet not only your needs but also give an aspiring appearance. When we see different kinds of flooring, we find that the tile flooring is the one which has earned enormous popularity, not over the decades but centuries.
Whether it’s our kitchen, bathrooms, doorways or the complete home flooring, and even the walls, tiles are everywhere. Why that much use of tiles? Of course, tile flooring comes along a number of benefits that no one can neglect their importance. Tile flooring is the toughest and most durable flooring type with the least chances of cracks and even if it happens, you don’t need to reinstall the whole flooring. You can just put a new tile in the affected areas and that’s it.
Unlike other flooring types, i.e. hardwood, laminate, or carpet flooring, tile flooring is more durable, easier to maintain, eco-friendly, and above all water-resistant. The only drawback of tile flooring is its waxy nature. Tiles won’t absorb water or any other kind of spillover and very easily get slippery and you or your family members could get hurt if not cleaned properly. Moreover, tiles attract even a little bit of dust and the smallest spots could be visible which cause losing the luster of your flooring and if not taken care of, it’ll look like hell.
To boost the appearance of tile floors, waxing is the widely used method of course. Once your tile floor is waxed, your interior looks classy but how long? Over a short period of time, a nasty layer of grime would start building on your tile floor giving it a hellish appearance. So, why don’t we look into some other ways to achieve a similar sheen without waxing when we have lots of choices. Here are few of them;
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Tip 1: White Vinegar& Dish-washing Liquid
If you are frugal and feel all those brand name products out there are after your money, you may try something from your kitchen items to clean your tile floors. White vinegar is undoubtedly the best cleaning agent that can provide the glittery sparkle in your tile floor without using a bunch of elbow grease.
Mix a cup of white vinegar and a tablespoon of dish-washing liquid in one gallon of warm water and soak the mop or towel in it. You can also use the spray bottle if you want to clean the specific area. Spray or mop floor in sections, followed by steam mopping. Start at the back of the room and continue working backwards to the front of the room, so as to never step on the wet area. Once at the edge of the room, gate off the door so your kids can't get in, leave the room for 10 or so minutes and turn on the overhead fan to help it dry more quickly.
This quick tip won’t leave your house smelling like chemicals, rather it’ll look so clean, almost soft, and shimmery. Oh yeh! Don’t forget dry cleaning your floor before using this method.
Tip 2: Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide & Lemon Juice
Don’t spoil your whole weekend cleaning your floor. Baking soda in combination with hydrogen peroxide and fresh lemon juice will save you tons of money, time, and nerves while cutting through the toughest and aged dirt.
Mix the baking soda into hot water along with hydrogen peroxide and fresh lemon juice. You can also add some liquid soap and make a thin paste of all these ingredients. Apply the solution to the surface you want to clean and let it stay there for about 10 minutes or so and mop it off after that and you’ll see it has left no sticky residue or soap scum like other multi-surface cleaners do. Turn on your ceiling fans and let the floor dry before starting foot traffic. This home hack would bring life back into your tile floors.
Tip 3: Ammonia Solution
The household ammonia is one of the best home solutions to battle with deep-seated dirt and grime along with killing germs and bacteria. To eliminate the odor, you may add fresh lavender.
A few drops of ammonia are sufficient for a one-time cleaning process no matter how tough you have stains on your floor. Take warm water in a bucket and mix a little bit of ammonia along with any of your favorite essential oil or fresh lavender. So now you disinfect as you clean with a slight odor of lavender and the smell doesn’t send you running.
Once the solution is prepared, soak the mop in the bucket and wring it thoroughly and clean the floor until all the stains disappear. Even if the stains are still showing up, you can dip a sponge into the solution and scrub it on the required area. After cleansing the floor, wash it with clean warm water, so that any leftover residue gets flushed out. This method will definitely restore the sheen of your floors and you don’t have to get embarrassed even if any of your acquaintance spay a surprise visit.
Tip 4:Soap, Lemon and Water
The simplest yet very effective home remedy to acquire the desired shine of your tile floor is using any kind of liquid dish-washing soap, a couple of lemons, and hot water. This method is cost-efficient, eco-friendly, chemical-free, and very easy to clean the greasy elements from your tile surface.
Carry out dry cleaning with a broom or vacuum cleaner before proceeding with this method so that you catch up large grime from the floor and then mix dish-washing soap in hot water and squeeze a couple of lemons in the solution. Drench the mop in that solution and sweep it all around. Scrub the area with a sponge where normal mopping left the stains and you’d witness your floor clean without any residue left behind. After a thorough cleaning, spill hot water over the surface and drain all the water which will leave only the clean and shining surface. Switch on the overhead fan to let the surface dry quickly.
Tile floors are easier to maintain and you don’t need to bend your knees throughout the day on waxing and polishing if you are ready to take care of them in a timely manner. The longer you leave your floor especially your kitchen tiles at the mercy of all types of scum, the harder it would become to clean them and restore the original shine of your tiles without wax.
Kitchen tiles, in my view, are the most vulnerable area in everyone’s homes that fall prey to the most stubborn scum in the shape of coffee, tea, juices and oils spillovers and need special care to keep them clean and tidy. Applying the above-discussed methods could help you attain the required neatness, get rid of harmful fungus and molds and preserving your investment. Other than normal brief cleaning, use the above-mentioned tips at least a couple of times every month and make your living scum-free.