When it comes to cleaning and maintaining flooring, your tiles should be one of your priorities. Particularly, you have to keep an eye out for growth of decaying matter such as molds. In many cases, molds are typically harmless and do not present safety and health hazards to the surrounding environment. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the necessary steps to mitigate their growth. There are some rare cases where their growth can be toxic, due to the release of microscopic spores known as mycotoxins. 

 

There’s never such a thing as being too careful, so it’s better to be on the safe side. With these natural home remedies, you’ll easily remove any stubborn stain or mold growth in no time at all. 

 

Vinegar solution

 

Mold growth usually takes place in the grout of your tiles. If you have smaller tiles, then you’ll have to consider making a larger quantity of vinegar solution to clean the gout. 

 

For this tile-cleaning remedy, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Broom
  • White vinegar
  • Mop
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Broom or vacuum cleaner

 

First, you’ll need to undergo surface preparation on your tiles and this depends on the area of the house you’re in. If you’re in the living room, dining room, or kitchen, make sure that you sweep the floors to remove mounds of dirt and dust. Afterwhich, mix a solution of about one gallon or water and half a cup of vinegar. You can then proceed with mopping the tiles using this homemade solution, ensuring that the tiny gaps between your tiles are being cleaned.  

Since the vinegar solution may produce a , it’s a good idea to turn on an electric fan to redirect the air. You could also open your windows as a way of circulating natural ventilation. 

 

Grapefruit seed extract

 

Another great cleaning technique for your tile grout is through using a grapefruit seed extract solution. This product isn’t usually difficult to come by, since there are many online shopping platforms that sell it. Though there are cheaper alternatives, grapefruit seed extract can leave your tiles smelling more fresh and fruity.

 

You’ll need:

  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Spray bottle
  • Warm water

 

For every cup of water, mix it with around 10 drops of the extract. This remedy is best for cleaning molds that are affecting only a small part of your tile flooring. Spray the solution on the affected grout areas and leave it to sit for a few hours before wiping them clean with a towel, or a mop.

 

Baking soda

 

Baking soda is usually accompanied with a vinegar solution when using tile grout, so make sure that you have two of these key ingredients on hand before you proceed with the task. As you may already have an idea, baking soda is an effective natural remedy to whiten surfaces. 

 

You’ll need to gather the following supplies:

  • Baking soda 
  • Vinegar and water solution
  • Toothbrush or scrub
  • Mop

 

First, you’ll need to make sure that you’re wearing gloves, as baking soda can be abrasive on the skin. Then you’ll need to make a thick paste using the baking soda and water. Apply the paste on the grouts using a toothbrush or a scrub and then wipe off the residue using a damp mop or towel. For added effect, finish off the process by mopping your tiles with a vinegar solution as mentioned before.

Hydrogen peroxide

 

Bottles of hydrogen peroxide are fairly easy to come by, since they can be purchased in your local drug store. If you’ve already encountered them in the past, then you’ll know they’re an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solution that helps clean wounds and prevent them from infections. 

 

To clean your tile grout using hydrogen peroxide, make sure you have a spray bottle filled with water. Add around 3% of hydrogen peroxide concentrate into the bottle. Again, this is best for smaller-scale cleaning options, similar to the grapefruit seed extract method. 

 

Spray the solution on the affected areas and then let them sit for 10 minutes before wiping off the residue with a damp towel, or a scrub. 

 

Air dehumidifier

 

Molds typically grow on surfaces where liquid isn’t supposed to be present. With this in mind, using an air dehumidifier to purify the environment is a simple and effective tool in inhibiting the growth of molds. 

 

You may simply purchase a dehumidifier from your local hardware or appliance store since they’re not difficult to come by. These act as vacuum cleaners for the air, in that they take away excessive moisture that may build up in the environment. Keep the moisture at a regulated level by turning on the humidifier at strategic locations in the house, such as bathrooms, or kitchens.

 

Though air dehumidifiers may be effective, they may be considered too expensive. Fortunately, you have the option of simply turning on a ventilation, or an electric fan in the bathroom as you’re cleaning it. 

 

Key Takeaway

 

In cleaning flooring, your tiles should be taken into consideration. Little gaps or spaces in between the tiles can be subject to mold growth — which can be toxic at certain instances.