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When is the last time you inspected the floors and tile work of your home? How do they look? If they’re dirty and stained, it is time for a cleaning. Here are some products you can use to clean your floors at home, as well as your tile.
- Did you know that old layers of wax can cause your floors to turn yellow over time? You can make them sparkle like new again by mixing ½ cup ammonia in a ½ gallon of water. Before using, allow the mixture to sit for three to five minutes. Apply onto the floor and scrub with a nylon or plastic scouring pad. Wipe away residue with a clean cloth or sponge, then rinse the floor. If your bathroom tiles are coated in mildew, mix ¼ cup ammonia in one gallon of water then apply onto the tiles with a sponge.
- Lighter fluid. If you have black marks caused by shoes scuffing across your floors, pour a small amount of lighter fluid onto a paper towel and wipe away the marks.
- These are also great at removing shoe marks.
- Steel wool. If the shoe marks on your vinyl floors were caused by rubber soles, remove the smudges by gently rubbing the surface with a steel wool pad. Dampen the pad with soap and water first, and then wipe the area with a clean sponge once the marks have been removed.
- Tea is a wonderful cleaning agent for wood furniture and floors. Boil a few bags of tea in a liter of water. Once the tea has cooled, dip a cloth into the tea, wring out excess liquid, and apply to the area. Buff and dry with a clean cloth.
- This is great at removing soap scum and water spots from ceramic tiles that surround sinks and tubs. Mix ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup ammonia, and ¼ cup borax with one gallon of warm water. Scrub onto the tiles, rinse with cool water, and then air dry.
- WD-40. If you recently added a new coat of polyurethane to your wood floors, you may notice your floors look a little bit too shiny, creating a glare when the lights are on. Spray WD-40 onto a cloth and wipe the floor with it to cut back on the shine.