Cleaning and Organizing

Cleaning and Organizing

Best Ways To Clean Tile and Grout

Hand with yellow sponge cleaning the bathroom tilesAs the years go by, your tile floors can start to look dirty and unattractive. Tile is supposed to last for several years, so keeping the tile and grout clean is important. When dirt starts to get trapped, your floors look dirty and stained. In your bathroom, specifically the shower, you have to deal with mold and soap scum. Besides the stains the mold can spread which can be hazardous to your health.

Cleaning tile and grout is no easy task. Your usual cleaning methods of using a mop or vacuum are not going to be enough to give you the lasting results you need. Make sure to put the time and energy into keeping your tile and grout clean, it will pay off in the long run.

How To Get That Tile and Grout Cleaned

Some of the more eco-friendly ways of keeping your floor clean is to use baking soda or white vinegar. You can create a paste to clean with by mixing the baking soda, vinegar and distilled water together. Distilled water has no minerals or chemicals that might leave a stain. Stay away from using soap, which can leave residue and attract dirt.

After you create your paste, scrub the grout back and forth in a circular motion to get the results you desire. You will then want to use the distilled water to rinse and clean up with a mop. If you have really difficult stain, mix chlorine bleach with distilled water. This should be 3 parts water and 1 part bleach. This mixture would be for only white grout, not colored. The bleach could leave a lasting stain on colors.

Make sure to take safety precautions when you are using bleach. You will want to protect your eyes and also use rubber gloves. Start with a small area to see how your mixture works before moving on to a wider surface. Another alternative to bleach is hydrogen peroxide, but make sure to not mix that with the bleach.

Final Step Is To Seal The Grout

Once you have completed your cleaning and the tile has dried, it is time to apply the tile and grout sealer. Membrane and penetrating sealer will be your two types that you will most likely use. Membrane will protect the tile by creating a barrier, which you will need to refresh every couple of years. Penetrating sealers get absorbed into the grout and need to be reapplied every 1-3 years.

With some planning, cleaning and hard work you can make your tile floor look brand new. Remember that eco-friendly cleaning ingredients like baking soda and vinegar will keep you and the environment safe. Don’t forget to seal the grout and maintain the seal to keep the lasting tile and grout results you want.

For more complex jobs you may want to hire a tile and grout cleaning company.

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Low Stress Way To Organize Your House: Room-By-Room

Cleaning premises team to workIt is time for spring! Which means it is time to get rid of the winter gloom that fills your home. This transition might seem overwhelming but that is extremely understandable. A great way to make it seem much less overwhelming is to break your cleaning tasks down to room by room. Here are some great tips to help you tackle you house by cleaning room by room.

Lets start with the living room for our main example. Basically, winters are a floors worst nightmare. I promise, we will get to those winter stained floors but you have to remember to work from the top down. This is the best approach to cleaning any room because when you are cleaning shelves, furniture, or anything up high then anything that falls on the floor you would have to pick up. If you started with the floors first then that would be very frustrating. You should clean each room in this order:

  1. Ceilings- Use a safe stepladder to get all of the cobwebs from the corners and high parts of your wall.
  2. Ceiling Fans- Make sure to wipe all of the dust and build up that are on your fan blades as well as cobwebs that have formed around your ceiling fan. Get a quality product that makes sure to collect all the dust.
  3. Light Fixtures- It is sometimes best to take down light fixtures to give them a deep clean. This does depend on how easy and safe they are to take down. You should use a judgment call for this one.
  4. Walls- while you are cleaning the cobwebs off your wall, try to notice any black marks on your wall. This will give you a better idea for this step, which is tackling the walls. Try to use a wall cleaning product to get those smudges out and your wall looking freshly painted.
  5. Inside Windows/Mirrors- Next, find a product that will clean the inside windows and mirrors without leaving streaks.
  6. Curtains/Blinds- does not forget about your curtains and/or blinds! If you have curtains, try taking the attachment to the vacuum to get the dust from it. If you have blinds, get some type of dusting equipment and wipe those down as well.
  7. Furniture- Use a furniture oil or wipes on all wood furniture. You need to use upholstery cleaner for your couches and chairs. You can use an electric mixer to create your own by mixing up 4 cups of hot water with 1 tablespoon of dish detergent until it forms a thick foam. Use this foam to clean the upholstery then you should wipe/rinse with a damp cloth.
  8. Finally: Carpets- it’s finally time for the last step, which is tackling the floors. You can clean your carpets with a vacuum and even use the right products to shampoo your carpets if they need the cleaning bad enough. If you have hardwood floors then use a vacuum first to get up the dirt then use a powerful floor cleaner for you to finish up and mop with. Do not forget about washing your rugs if you have them around.

If your floors still are not looking the way you would like them too after you have completed cleaning then do not worry. It might be frustrating but you are not alone in that struggle. Sometimes it is okay to admit that you need professional help. Floors can be the hardest place to lift dirt from considering they are what come in contact with the most dirt. Do not be afraid to call a commercial cleaning company if you feel you need it. The money will be well spent because with their products and machinery, they will be sure to make a difference.

Now that you have the knowledge of what order to clean your rooms then this will be sure to save time due to the fact you will not have to backtrack and clean all over again.