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Cleaning stone and ceramic tiles

Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning products? My kitchen and main bath are stone tile, and upstairs bathroom is ceramic.  I'm a new home owner and i have no idea what I can and can't use on these floors!  Also, what's the best way to clean grout? Previous owners had 2 dogs and I just don't feel the floors are as clean as they could be.

Thanks!!

Re: Cleaning stone and ceramic tiles

  • In college, I worked for a housekeeping service.  We just used a basic all-purpose cleaner on the tile.  For dirty grout, we'd use comet and a large brush [it looked like a giant toothbrush].  If I were you, I'd also seal the grout to help prevent staining.
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  • I use a mixture of white vinegar, water & dishsoap to clean my tiles.  I used the clorox mop before that.  To clean grout the only thing I've found is to let the cleaning solution sit on it for a while and scrub with a brush and some baking soda.
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  • image fizzybauberswed:
    I use a mixture of white vinegar, water & dishsoap to clean my tiles.  I used the clorox mop before that.  To clean grout the only thing I've found is to let the cleaning solution sit on it for a while and scrub with a brush and some baking soda.

    I thought that vinegar was NOT supposed to be used on natural stone.  Sorry, other than that I don't really know.  I just used Pinesol and I don't even know if that was safe on our ceramic and natural stone.

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    image fizzybauberswed:
    I use a mixture of white vinegar, water & dishsoap to clean my tiles.  I used the clorox mop before that.  To clean grout the only thing I've found is to let the cleaning solution sit on it for a while and scrub with a brush and some baking soda.

    I thought that vinegar was NOT supposed to be used on natural stone.  Sorry, other than that I don't really know.  I just used Pinesol and I don't even know if that was safe on our ceramic and natural stone.

    I've never had a problem with it and it is diluted.  You could always use plain soap & water if you are worried.

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