Clean the joints of floor tiles efficiently

Dirt accumulates in the joints of floor tiles. In conventional tile cleaning, however, the joints are usually treated as stepmotherly, so that the dirt particles literally burn in and are very difficult to clean. Here are some tips for cleaning the joints of floor tiles. However, make sure that the cleaning agents you use exactly which floor tiles are laid.

Floor tile joints are particularly prone to stubborn dirt

In many households there is at least once a week a cleaning day, at which then the tiles are cleaned. The joints are, however, mostly deepened a bit, so that the dirt catches there when over wiping. Because the joints only gradually and very slowly discolor, the dirt often only falls on when the joints are already almost black. Depending on which joint mortar was used, it can then be extremely difficult to clean the joints. The problem is that with certain grout or joints and tiles are not sealed, the dirt can penetrate deep into the grout.

Proven home remedies for cleaning the joints of floor tiles

There are some home remedies for this, some of which are better than chemical cleaners from specialist retailers. Essigessenz or citric acid in conjunction with baking soda or baking soda (baking soda) often causes miracles here. Simply sprinkle the baking soda or baking soda over the joints and then spray vinegar essence or citric acid over it with a nebulizer. Now let the mixture act for a few minutes. Slightly dirty tiles can then be wiped clean with a damp cloth without any problems.

As a last resort, gently brush or grind the joint

Stubborn dirt can be rubbed out with an old toothbrush. If the dirt has already penetrated the joints very much, there are also small wire brushes the size of toothbrushes in the hardware store and tool trade. Preferably, choose such a wire brush of soft metal, such as a copper alloy. This allows you to remove the top layer of the grout a bit. Use a fine sandpaper to achieve a similar effect.

Make sure that the tiles are compatible with the joint cleaner

However, before using any detergents recommended here or recommended by friends, check which tiles have been laid on the floor. Natural stone tiles made of limestone and therefore marble (marble is crystallized limestone) are extremely acid-sensitive. Liquids such as lemon juice or vinegar can destroy the stone very quickly. In such a case, you may be able to clean the joints with a high-pressure cleaner. But cover the natural stone tiles beforehand as natural stones can react to the hot steam and become porous. In addition, you must not bring the high pressure nozzle too close to the joint anyway, otherwise you could squirt the grout out.

Also, porcelain stoneware floor tiles can be delicate

When using fine stone tile, you must also be careful when it comes to polished and non-impregnated floor tiles. Even these tiles can absorb liquids of any kind and thereby discolour irregularly. Then clean only the joints and cover the floor tiles if necessary. If you are not sure which tiles you are looking for, you can ask a tile specialist in advance.

Tips & Tricks

Never use a cement veil cleaner for the floor tile joints. Already during the tile cleaning you have to be very careful with the cement veil cleaner after grouting the floor tiles. This cleaner decomposes the cement of the joint compound, which leaves a veil on the tiles during grouting or afterwards. He also decomposes the cement in the joints of the floor tiles.

Backsoda is also known by us under the brand names Bullrich Salz or Kaiser Natron or only Natron.

If you can not clean the joints of your floor tiles at all, there are other possibilities: the specialist dealer also offers joint paints, which you can apply after a preparation. However, as an extreme measure, you can also remove and re-grout the grout if the debris has completely penetrated the grout.

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