Tile backsplashes can make a great style statement in your home. They can also collect a lot of different dirt and stains from cooking and cleaning dishes. Here are some easy ways to tackle dirt and gunk on your kitchen backsplash tile.
Use Baking Soda to Cut Grease
If you have greasy stains around your stove or kitchen sink from remnants of cooking yummy meals, using a mild abrasive like baking soda will help to gently scrub it away. Mix a small amount of baking soda with some water. Pour dry baking soda into a bowl and add small amounts of water until you form a paste thick enough to stick to the wall tiles. Rub this mixture onto your greasy spots and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Once the ten minutes is up grab a clean sponge or cloth, dampen it with water, and gently scrub off the baking soda and the grease along with it.
Super Strength Degreaser for Really Stubborn Grease
If the baking soda didn’t quite get the job done reach for a tough degreaser like Goo Gone. Make sure to test it on a small unseen area first to ensure it will not discolor your tile or grout and then apply it very carefully only to the greasy stain and follow the directions then make extra effort to ensure it all gets completely rinsed away.
Grease Stains on Stone Tiles
Tile made of natural stone requires a different cleaning method to keep the stone from becoming damaged. If you have a natural stone backsplash you want to purchase a spot treatment solution made specifically for the type of stone you have. It is super important to have natural stone tiles sealed especially on a kitchen backsplash where they can come in contact with many different items that can seep into the stone.
In some cases simple hand dishwashing soap and water can be a safe cleaning solution. Grab a soft bristle brush like a toothbrush you plan to only use for tile cleaning and gently scrub then wipe away soapy reside with plain water from a dampened cloth.
Home Made All-Purpose Backsplash Cleaner
You can make a safe backsplash cleaner to wipe away most dirt and grime by mixing up a quarter cup of baking soda, a cup of water, and a few squirts of hand dishwashing soap in a spray bottle. Spritz the cleaner on your backsplash and wipe down with a cloth. Follow up by wiping with a cloth dampened with just water.
Using Vinegar to Clean the Backsplash
Vinegar is another great green cleaning solution to use on your backsplash if it is ceramic, porcelain, or glass tile. Mix the vinegar with some warm water in equal parts in a spray bottle. Spray the backsplash and wipe clean and there is no need to rinse. A simple vinegar solution makes a great daily cleaner especially to help prevent grease buildup.
Giving Grout Lines Extra Attention
Tiles are pretty easy to get clean, but grout lines can be a different story because they are porous. For discolored grout, go back to the trusty baking soda paste from the beginning of this article. This time use a toothbrush specifically set aside for tile cleaning to give it a bit more elbow grease. When finished wipe down the grout with a new cloth dampened with just water.
You can save yourself time and the need to vigorously scrub by sealing the tile and grout lines. Sealant creates a protective barrier on the surface of your grout making it harder for things to seep into the pores.
For tile and grout cleaning and sealing in Northgate and surrounding areas make an appointment over the phone or online with All Kleen.