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How To Clean Tile Floors With Vinegar And Baking Soda (Step-By-Step Guide)

How To Clean Tile Floors With Vinegar And Baking Soda

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If you reside in a high traffic area, you already know how easy it is for your tile floors to get stained with dust and other dirt particles. However, one question I’ve seen a lot of people asking all the time is “how to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda.”

Now, if cleaning tile floors is your biggest nightmare, this article will guide you with some smartest tactics on cleaning floor tiles with stubborn stains using a few available supplies in your kitchen. Here, we’ll also cover whether or not vinegar and baking soda can really clean floor tile, as well as materials required and cleaning tips.

With that out of the way, let’s get to the main points.

How do you decide which product to use when it comes to cleaning your home? Most marketing companies often try to convince us that a bald genie or scrubbing bubbles will do all the work. Admittedly, these adverts may attract much of the population to buy these products, but chances are the majority of us selects cleaning products by habit. Probably, most of us still use the same exact household cleaners our parents used while bringing us up.

But here’s the problem, these conventional cleaners are produced with chemicals. They contaminate our water – they pollute our homes – and they equally pollute our bodies. The worst part of it is that we’ll come in contact with these poisonous chemicals via our skin thereby breathing in the fumes, long after we’re done using them.

In this toxic society, we are often exposed to so many harmful chemicals, but why would we want to visit the store, purchase more chemical solutions, and expose ourselves to a daily dose of it for cleaning sake? Is a toxic home really a clean home? Of course not!

Therefore, it’s time we omit a generation or two and learn how to clean our homes from our grandparents. Two of their best-kept tile floor cleaning secrets was vinegar and baking soda.

But before we proceed, it’s vital to answer the question of whether or not vinegar is harmful to floors?

Generally, vinegar is not harmful to most types of floor tiles, but it can damage some types of floor tiles too. For instance, vinegar seamlessly blends for use with laminate, cleaning vinyl, or ceramic flooring. However, it’s not advisable to use vinegar for natural floor tiles such as travertine, marble, limestone or onyx.

Also, vinegar is strong enough to get rid of grout, stains, and other types of dirt and stains on tile flooring but milder enough to not damage the floor. The mixture can equally be quite effective at removing dirt and grime when combined with baking soda.

Interestingly, this DIY cleaning tactics is budget friendly and works amazingly well for areas in the home such as the toilet, kitchen, bathroom, living room or entryway.

Things Needed To Clean Tile Floors With Vinegar and Baking Soda

1. Brush: Life can be pretty simple if you buy a scrub brush or a grout brush. A new toothbrush would still work all the same to clear out the grime or the grouts. Also, a mop would be needed to clean the surface smoothly in the first round. But to really be serious with this, you need to purchase a brush for better results.

NOTE: If you choose to go for a scrub brush, remember to go for soft bristles else, it could end up damaging your floor tiles. I’ll recommend you go for this Libman CO 547 Floor Deck Scrub Brush or something similar, like this one here too.


2. Spray bottle: A spray bottle will keep you a lot more organized in the cleaning process. Just a single spray and you are ready to eliminate the dirt or grime that stained your floor tiles for too long with a grout brush!

3. Distilled White Vinegar: Produced from water and sun-ripened grain, this type of vinegar is widely seen at grocery and big box stores such as Amazon.

4. Baking Soda: baking soda, also known as Sodium Bicarbonate can be used to replace many toxic household cleaners with excellent results. You can find it at big box stores or your local supermarket. However, I’ll recommend you pick this one from Amazon as it has proven to be very useful for cleaning floor tiles:


5. Rag/Mop: An old rag or a mop is used to wipe out the excess grime and dirt, so it doesn’t resettle back into your tile or grout.

6. Hand Gloves: If you are known to have sensitive skin, you may want to get gloves to protect your hands while doing the cleaning.


How To Clean Tile Floors With Vinegar And Baking Soda

using vinegar and backing soda to clean floor tiles

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Step #1: First of all, you’ll need to sweep off your floor tile with a broom and ensure you clean the surface very well. You can use a vacuum cleaner, to get rid of the remaining particles.

Step #2: Combine equal amounts of warm water and vinegar as for the mixture. Allow the mixture to settle for some minutes then, stir properly. And, you are set to go!

Additionally, to clean tiles floors with vinegar and baking soda, you need to make a paste of the two ingredients (vinegar and baking soda) and leave it aside. Then, spray off the solution of warm water and vinegar first, and if you want, apply the paste of baking soda and vinegar into the tile floors and grout.

Step #3: Use a mop or rag to clean the tile floor, as for the surface tile floor cleaning. But clean out the grout particles with a brush. Repeat the exact process, where and when necessary.

Note: Remember to replace the solution with a new one once it starts to collect dirt.

Step #4: The final stage is to rinse off the vinegar properly as for the second round. You’ll need to wash out the vinegar and baking soda left on the floor tiles with warm water. If not properly washed, the addition of vinegar and baking soda will leave lumps on the tile floors. Also, don’t leave the vinegar on the floor for too long. It’s imperative to rinse off the floor with warm water.

Mixture: For better results; for the solution, combine a half cup of water, and a half cup of detergent with 1 ⅔ cups of baking soda. Stir and mix them thoroughly with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.

Next, add the mixture to a spray bottle, and spray it on the floor where necessary after which you should mop it off and scrub the floor appropriately. Finally, rinse off the solution with warm water. And, you are set to go!

before and after baking soda and vinegar tile floor cleaning

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There you have it all. If after reading this guide, you’re asking for how to clean tile floors with vinegar and baking soda, then I’m sure you didn’t read the post well, and I’ll suggest you reread it. With this tile floor cleaning tactics, you’ll no longer have a problem getting your floors and your entire household clean at all time.

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Theodore Nwangene

I'm a 27 years old graduate of Telecommunication engineering who loves exploring now things especially the tools, gadgets, and products needed in a home. I want to create the best home possible, complete with everything that a good home should have. I know It's going to cost me money, but who cares?

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