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How to clean tiles and corners?

In a bathroom or other wet environments, toilet tiles can be very vulnerable to unflattering dark mildew stains in the grout lines. For cleaning these tiles, processes ranging from simple to difficult, each with their pros and cons, are used. But for all those processes, a specialty brush called the grout brush comes in handy. A grout brush is small and narrow and allows a person to work in between tiles without scratching the surface.

The easiest way to clean tiles is by using household chlorine bleach, Baking soda is used to get rid of the chlorine smell. This method, however, discolours tiles over a long period of time. There is also the traditional green grout cleaning method. Equal portions of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and water (H2 O) are mixed, and applied directly between the tiles. Baking soda, added to the solution, is vacuumed up when dry. Oxygen bleach is also used at times, but since it is actually hydrogen peroxide in a diluted form, it isn't very effective, but powdered oxygen bleach can be made into a paste with water.

For cleaning tiles, professionals generally use the grout brush with a grout cleanser. A grout cleanser is typically a powerful acidic substance, and requires the cleaner to wear rubber gloves, protection for the eyes and a breathing mask as well. One thing common to all methods of  toilet cleaning tiles is that bathroom area to be cleaned should be well-ventilated, and after the task is done, the tiles should be mopped repeatedly and thoroughly to remove all traces of the cleaning agent. The bathroom has to dry completely before anyone can use it.Chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, and the acidic grout cleanser are all harmful to living organisms.

Similar to toilet tiles, the corners of one’s bathroom also develop ugly spots over time. This is nothing but the actual water touching these corners and the overall moisture in the air inside one’s bathroom which leads to growth of undesirable mildew. Corners are especially difficult to clean. For any type of floor, including tiled floors, certain cleaning agents can leave streaks on the surface of the tiles, and can actually have a negative chemical reaction, causing permanent stains.  Some corners can be cleaned just by taking a bucket of hot water and scrubbing them, then leaving them to dry naturally. For others, water may be harmful, but vinegar often works as a disinfectant. Vinegar mixed with alcohol works even better, but the smell can be offensive to some. These are home remedies though, and only professional cleaners will know best as to what type of cleaner should be used.