I just put in tile floors in both of our bathrooms. I am having a really hard time finding something to clean them. Each bath only has about 12 one foot tiles so I don't want to fix big mop bucket full of something. Any one have any inexpensive ideas?
Sheri from CA
We use the Cuban Mop: PVC pole (or even a regular swiffer) and wet a towel (or dishcloth for swiffer) with hot water. Spray solution on floor (or onto the cloth if you use a harsh chem.) Just push along like a regular mop once around, then flip over to the clean side and go through again...then throw the cloth in the washing machine. Voila! My MIL uses white vinegar (straight) on her tiles, since she has dogs. The PVC contraption (a T shape) is nicer because you wrap the towel on it, and with the arms you can reach into amazing crevices! We call it cuban mop because my DH is half and all the ladies in his neighborhood (and family) used only this for the cleanest floors. You can pick up towels at the thrift store if you don't have any old ones, and it really shines up and cleans so much better than sponge mops! (08/08/2006)
Small basin, a sponge mop hot water and vinegar. I worked for a tile company and they told me hot water and vinegar is about the only thing that will not ruin your grout. Then rinse the mop and do it with clean water. That should do the trick.
I keep spray bottles handy. I personally keep a solution of pine sol and water in one, and vinegar and water in another. Depending on what you use on your tiles (whether they're ceramic or the vinyl type, ) you could just spray the floor with the cleaner of your choice. I do this for my kitchen floor, then go over it with a damp mop. You could use a bucket (it wouldn't need to be full if you only have a small area), of clean water to "rinse" it with. I keep old dry towels to use to dry the floor, and in no time I'm done. (08/09/2006)
I have a small house and only the tiny bathroom and tiny kitchen is tiled. So rather than waste water and products when mopping - I use the bath tub! I just let a couple of inches of water fill into the bath, add the cleaner and then mop both areas (they are near each other) No fuss, no muss! (08/09/2006)
I am Australian so not sure if you can get eucalyptus oil or if it is expensive. What I do for the whole house most of the time and especially for small areas is fill a 1 litre spray bottle with 2 capfuls of eucalyptus oil(fill cap on eucalyptus bottle and pour into spray bottle),fill with water. Wet your mop head under tap.spray eucalyptus onto tiles and mop with damp mop (08/10/2006)
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