Even dirty floors won’t be able to resist!
Terrified by time and intensive use, your tiles need a good deep cleaning to recover their former shine and cleanliness?
Leave aside the chemical products and/or so-called miraculous products from the supermarket:
to make your tiles shine as they did on the first day, prefer the good old grandmother’s tricks that have proven their worth for generations and will also be much less painful for your wallet!
6 tips from grandma to clean your tiles
#1: Make a homemade product with wheat bran
#2: Use white vinegar and baking soda.
#3: Use potato cooking water
#4: Trust black soap
#5: Choose the silver stone
#6: Choose the lemon
1): To clean the tiles, make a homemade product with wheat bran.
You think wheat bran is just useful in weight loss diets? No way! Wheat bran, particularly rich in starch molecules, is indeed a very good natural and ecological degreaser!
It can therefore be very useful to clean and shine a tile that has become dull from daily use.
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To carry out this trick, it’s simple:
- Start by going to a drugstore, an organic store or even the “organic” section of a supermarket to get 250 g of wheat bran.
- Bring the entire sachet to the boil in a large pot of water (put 3 litres of water in it) for 25 minutes and then leave to cool.
- Then, using a strainer, filter the mixture and add a few drops of ammonia.
- All you have to do is rub your tiles with a sponge or mop soaked in the mixture. Good to know: before cleaning your tiles with your wheat bran mixture, leave the product on for a few minutes.
- Finish by rinsing with clear water and admire the result: a clean tile that will have recovered all its shine.
2): Use White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Here are two products that work miracles to clean your home, and are leading figures in ecological and economical cleaning: white vinegar and baking soda!
On the one hand, white vinegar eliminates germs, disinfects, degreases and is therefore an excellent alternative to bleach.
On the other hand, baking soda is an excellent anti-limestone and a natural fungicide.
By combining the two, you will be able to clean your tiles easily, for a nickel result.
If your tiles show traces of mould, this is the winning combination to avoid spreading to the rest of the kitchen.
Here’s how to clean and sanitize tiles with white vinegar and baking soda: in a large bucket of hot water (about 1 litre of water), dilute 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar .
Once everything is mixed, all you have to do is rub and then rinse! You will see: even dirty floors will not be able to resist the power of vinegar and baking soda together.
3): Use the cooking water from the potatoes
Do you want to find a shiny tile without using chemicals that are too expensive to buy at the supermarket?
Know that you probably have a miracle ingredient in your kitchen cupboard that can work wonders and is a hundred times less expensive: the potato!
Just like wheat bran, potatoes are tubers that contain starches with degreasing properties.
They are therefore just as effective for cleaning your tiles as any product you can buy in a store… especially since, unlike chemicals, they won’t damage your tiles.
To degrease and shine your tiles with potato cooking water, here’s how to act:
- Start by cooking potatoes in large quantities, then pour the cooking water over your dirty tiles.
- Leave for about 10 minutes while the starch takes effect, then rub your tiles with a hard brush.
- Finally, rinse with a mop and clear water.
4): trust black soap or Marseille soap
An essential ally for a clean and healthy home, Marseille soap is also an excellent cleaner for your tiles.
And just like white vinegar or potato cooking water, it is also a 100% natural product, good for the planet and your wallet.
To restore your tiles to their former glory and clean them thoroughly, nothing too complicated: simply pour a little liquid or shredded Marseille soap into a bucket of hot water.
You can also add a spoonful of white vinegar, to boost the efficiency even more when cleaning, and a little lemon juice for the scent.
Afterwards, mop the floor soaked in this mixture and rinse with clear water.
Black soap is much more concentrated than Marseille soap, so to use it, pour a small amount of black soap (a tablespoon will be enough) into a bucket of hot water (5 litres) and scrub your tiles with a soft brush.
Finish cleaning by rinsing your tiles with clear water. This ecological product is a great way to prevent grease stains from covering your tiles or even your tiled work surface!
Tip 5: Opt for the silver stone
Another ecological product that our grandmothers used to make every room in the house shine from floor to ceiling is silver stone, also known as white stone or clay stone.
It is a clay-based product that works miracles on dirty tiles thanks to its anti-lime scale, antiseptic, degreasing and abrasive properties!
It indeed allows you to clean and polish your tiles, whether on the floor or on your worktop… but that’s not all:
it also allows you to degrease and thoroughly clean your hotplates, your sink, your worktop and even your oven or your hood.
To use it, it’s simple: rub the stone until it foams, then apply it to the tiles and rub gently without forcing. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy the shine and cleanliness of your tiles!
6): choose lemon to polish your tiles
Once your tiles are clean, there is one last step to make them shine: polishing.
To do this, nothing could be simpler, soak a sponge or a mop with lemon juice and leave it to work for an hour.
The lemon will restore all its brilliance to a dirty and dull tile with a good smell as a bonus!
Finally, to finish off a tiled worktop, you can apply a chamois leather.