For residents, who wish to keep their floor and wall tiles in mint condition, the following is information to prepare home remedies for maintaining floor and wall tiles.

Floor and wall tiles when newly laid provide your home with a sleek, clean, and radiant appearance. However, as time passes, their good looks fade to dull and worn-out. Maintaining floor and wall tiles is necessary; otherwise, restoration of them is not possible. Following are tips on how to maintain floor and wall tiles, as well as grouting.

Maintaining Floor Tiles in the Bathroom

Floor tiles’ glazing lends them their glossy look. But the build-up of grit, which acts like an abrasive, renders floor tiles’ surface dull, scratched, and aged. Two things you can do for maintaining floor tiles to keep them brilliant and new-looking:

  • Sweep or vacuum the floor at regular intervals.

  • Mop the floor weekly to get at the accumulated grit (make sure you change the water often or you will re-deposit the grit you’re trying to get rid of).

  • Soap scum is another thing you have to look out for. Although invisible, it stays on the tile surface, drawing grime to it. Grime binds the soap residue, dulling your floor. Here are some methods to either prevent soap scum or remove it.

  • Mop with Castile soap, not with a detergent cleanser.

  • Mop with warm water, containing a few drops of vinegar, in place of regular soap or detergent cleanser. (Don’t use a wet mop because it will re-deposit the grime into the grouting). Caution: for a marble floor avoid using vinegar; it will damage it.

  • If you choose to use a detergent cleanser, remember to rinse completely with warm water.

  • Using an admixture of white vinegar and warm water is effective for removing soap scum.

  • Using non-abrasive commercial cleansers can as well remove soap scum.

  • Tile retail suppliers frequently carry products, especially for restoring floor tiles to their original beauty.

Maintaining Wall Tiles in the Bathroom

Wall tiles don’t take the brunt of foot traffic; however, they are problematic too.

In the bathroom, soap residue is public enemy number one. A simple solution exists to prevent soap scum from damaging the appearance of your wall tiles: a home-made remedy you can prepare from ingredients found in your kitchen for maintaining wall tiles:

  • ½ cup baking soda

  • ½ cup ammonia

  • 4 litres of warm water

This solution will attack soap scum and grime, reclaiming the original bright and pristine appearance of your tiles.

Removing Grouting Build-Up in the Bathroom

Grouting is a porous material and attracts grime stains. Following are several methods to deal with this issue:

  • Baking soda combined with water and used as a paste is effective at removing grime and stains. After applying the paste to the grouting, let it remain for a time to begin soaking up the grime and stains. For stubborn stains that resist cleaning, you can do one of two things: allow the baking soda to remain on the grouting overnight, or add white vinegar to the paste, allowing it to sit one hour and then scrub the grouting.

  • It’s possible to remove coffee, tea, and fruit stains from floor tiles. Mix a neutral cleanser and hot water and apply it to the stain, followed by an application of either hydrogen or everyday bleach.

  • Ink and coloured dyes will also respond to everyday bleach.

Removing Grouting Build-Up in the Kitchen

When soap scum and grime accumulate on the grouting in your bathroom (or kitchen), it can become a major task to try and remove it. Yet an easy two-step home remedy will effectively remove the grime and soap scum.

1. Fill a plastic spray bottle with a solution, one-half vinegar and one-half water, and spray over the grouting. Allow it to rest for a few minutes. Then using a grouting brush or toothbrush briskly scrub the soap scum and grime out.

2. Next, make a baking soda paste, and apply it to the grouting. Then spray again with the vinegar-water solution. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to fizz. This will help remove the last traces of embedded soap residue, as well as oil and grease.

Tackling grease on the grouting in your kitchen is a challenge. Your baking soda-vinegar solution is effective at removing grease also, as well as any soap scum build-up on your kitchen wall tiles. As in the bathroom use baking soda paste on the grouting. If the grease build-up is heavy, combine a half-cup of baking soda and two litres of water. Shake well and apply the solution using a sponge. You must scrub hard, using a lot of elbow grease, and it may be necessary to repeat the procedure.