When it comes to kitchen floors, more and more homeowners are discovering the joys of using floor tiles. It’s waterproof, scratch-proof, a better conductor of radiant heat, and offers a lot of design possibilities. However, since kitchen are high-traffic zones, tiles can lose its luster easily. Nobody wants a sad-looking kitchen. The good news is that, with a little time and elbow grease, you can make your kitchen tiles shine all-year round. How? Draw up a schedule and keep it.
Daily Schedule of Cleaning
Its like prayer – you have to be religious about cleaning floor tiles to keep it sparkling. Here’s a list of things to do on a daily basis:
- First of all, always, always deal with spills immediately. Mop or tissue them off as soon as they happen. If you let them harden on the floor surface, not only will they be harder to take out later, it can leave a stain.
- You can take the additional step of wiping spills with lemon juice and warm water for a green kitchen.
- Buy and maintain a set of cleaning tools. A mop, a bucket and a cleaning solution is all you need. There are mops with interchangeable heads in the market which can save you time. If you want to be eco-friendly, keep a bottle of vinegar handy.
- Run your mop soaked in a cleaning solution at the end of the day, whether they look clean or not. Make sure to reach corners too. Let the floors dry before walking on them.
Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can finish in just a few minutes. Don’t skip this simple step unless you are too wasted to clean. If you have to skip this, get to it as soon as possible.
You should inspect and take stock of the state of your kitchen tiles on a weekly basis. You may think this is obsessive, but doing this sooner than later will mean less work in maintaining the spark of your tiles. Areas near your cooker might have grease build-up even if you mop them up on a daily basis. Wipe these areas with baking soda and water to clean and deodorize them. Take care also of hard water stains by spritzing the tiles with water and vinegar mixture. Wipe away with warm water after a few minutes.
Aside from your kitchen tiles, you should make sure that your cleaning tools are also clean. If you use the same mop for different types of surface in your house, you should steam clean them monthly. Dunk them in boiling water and let dry. Then clean the pail that you use for cleaning.
There’s not much too do on an annual basis if you kept the schedule above. However, if you were not diligent, there may be a build-up of grimes by this time. It will take a lot of elbow grease to remove them, so be ready to get down on your knees for quite a while. Look for heavy-duty cleansers that deals with hard-to-remove grimes and stains. Some swear by toothbrush and vinegar solution, while others prefer baking soda and lemon.
A clean kitchen is a mark of a good homeowner, and sparkling tile is the mark of a clean kitchen. If you want to impress guests (and your mother-in-law), make cleaning your kitchen a habit. Follow the above schedule, and pretty soon this habits will be ingrained in your system and you will do this without thinking.