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Kitchen Cleaning Guide – How to Clean Wall Tiles (and Grout)

Although many people live by the saying ‘‘a clean kitchen is a sign of a wasted life’’, this truly stands far away from the truth. Anybody who has spent enough time in the kitchen knows the struggle of kitchen cleaning and keeping the tiles clean so that they look shiny and as good as new.

Just as in any other room in your house it is important to consistently clean the kitchen, especially the wall tiles to keep the grout lines at bay. Cleaning kitchen floor tiles and grout consistently not only help the kitchen look spectacular and vibrant but also hygienic. Regular cleaning of wall and floor tiles can also help preserve how they look hence saving a great deal of money in the long run.

More and more people are inclining towards using natural cleaners rather than chemical ones. Chemical solutions cost more money and excessive use of such solutions strip away the kitchen tiles of their magnificent lustre and polish. Chemical solutions leave a pungent smell and are also unsafe around animals and children. On the other hand, naturally made cleaning solutions are eco-friendly and give a better and fresher look to the wall and floor tiles.

Kitchen cleaning has never been so quick and easy.

Here are the best and easy tips for cleaning kitchen tiles and grout using these natural household items.

List of things you will need :

White salt

White vinegar

Baking soda

Lemon juice

Warm water

Old toothbrush

An old piece of cloth

Small spray bottle

A microfiber cloth

  1. Secret tip to clean grout between the kitchen tiles

To clean those stubborn and dirty grout lines, form a paste by mixing equal ratios of baking soda and vinegar together. Apply the paste on the grout lines and let it sit for a couple of minutes. When it starts to bubble, that is your cue to start scrubbing the area using an old toothbrush. In intervals, dip the toothbrush in warm water to dampen the grout. Finish the task by wiping all the dirt with the help of an old cloth. So satisfying!

After cleaning the grout lines, you can move on to cleaning the tiles.

  1. DIY ( do-it-yourself) hack for sparkling clean and new-looking kitchen wall tiles 

It is inevitable to not splash some curry or paste on the wall tiles while you cook. It is almost as easy to forget about those stains and in turn make the chore to get them off even harder. 

If you have ceramic wall tiles, use a microfiber cloth to wipe them.

Mix salt and vinegar or lemon juice in a 1:4 ratio. Apply this DIY cleaning solution on the kitchen wall tiles and scrub using a toothbrush until the stains are removed. Wipe the tiles clean using a damp microfiber cloth and see a drastic difference.

You can also make a cleaning solution by mixing lemon juice with baking soda followed by the same steps for sparkling clean results. 

  1. DIY (do-it-yourself) hack for clean and fragrant kitchen floor tiles

Before using any natural cleaning solution, with the help of a broom or a vacuum cleaner, clean the floor tiles to remove any dry dust and dirt.

Dampen the floor and sprinkle either baking soda or salt all over the tiles. Make a solution by mixing warm water and vinegar and apply it over stubborn stains. With the help of a brush, scrub the tiles until the stain comes off. Using the same solution of water and vinegar, mop the rest of the floor tiles and let them dry. You can also add lemon juice to the solution to leave the kitchen with a wonderful citrus fragrance!

Kitchen cleaning has now become quicker, cheaper and more satisfying by using simple products lying around in the house. These ingredients are not only natural and safe but also pocket-friendly. Ingredients like white vinegar and lemon juice are excellent cleaning agents due to their high acidic levels. White vinegar also acts as a natural disinfectant by destroying bacteria and viruses. This quality makes it the perfect ingredient to clean kitchen tiles. Baking soda on the other hand is an alkali and helps dissolve grease and dirt with much more ease. 

Sodium chloride or salt helps give you that perfect shine to those kitchen tiles because it makes a good scrub. Just like white vinegar salt is also a natural disinfectant. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How often should you clean kitchen tiles and grout?

Wipe the tiles, either with a dry or a damp cloth every day to avoid dirt and grease accumulation in the kitchen tiles and grout. Consistent cleaning will increase the lifespan of the tiles and improve the way the surfaces look. Cleaning kitchen tiles every day will save you much more time and money than cleaning only during festivals. A clean surrounding automatically makes you feel better and calmer.

  1. Is it safe to use natural ingredients on kitchen tiles?

Yes. Natural ingredients like white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda are safe for cleaning kitchen floor tiles and grout made of ceramic and porcelain. Although, while you are cleaning kitchen tiles, be careful with the ratio of vinegar. Too much of any solution, natural or chemical, will strip your kitchen tiles of shine and lustre. 

  1. Is unclean grout between kitchen tiles dangerous?

Yes. Grout, if left uncleaned for a longer time, can become a breeding ground for microbes and bacteria. This build-up can be increased by the accumulation of moisture and the food in and around the kitchen. This can have a huge impact on your health by causing allergies, respiratory and stomach problems. Therefore, it is very important to regularly clean the grout between the kitchen tiles. 

  1. Why is it important to keep the kitchen clean?

Keeping the kitchen clean not only makes it look great and sparkly but also keeps your health in check. A clean kitchen free of dirt, dust and grease is also a kitchen free of allergens, bacteria and viruses. Some stains on the floor tiles and kitchen wall tiles can go unnoticed and especially become a breeding ground for diseases. By cleaning your kitchen surfaces, floor and walls, you also prevent various foodborne and waterborne illnesses. Therefore, kitchen cleaning is quite essential and should be a part of your daily routine.

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