How to Clean Red Tile

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Using red tiles is a fresh, funky and unique way to decorate your home. Red tiles come in a variety of sizes and materials such as ceramic and vinyl. No matter what type of red tile you have, in time, the tile will become dirty and require a thorough cleaning. A dull and dingy red tile floor can make the entire room look neglected. Fortunately, you can clean and shine your red tiles with a few common household items.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Spray bottle
  • Bleach
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloths
  • Bucket
  • White vinegar
  • Sponge mop
  • Fans
  • Sweep the red tiles with a broom to remove dust and dirt. Sweep the debris into a dustpan.

  • Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and household bleach. Spray the grout -- the lines between the red tiles -- with the mixture.

  • Scrub the grout with the mixture and toothbrush. The bleach-water solution will remove stains, mold and mildew, and brighten the grout.

  • Wipe off the mixture with a damp cloth.

  • Fill a bucket with equal parts water and white vinegar. Saturate a sponge mop with the mixture. Hold the sponge mop over the bucket, and wring out the excess liquid.

  • Scrub the red tiles with the saturated mop. Begin at the area of the floor that is farthest from the entrance. Scrub in a back-and-forth motion while working toward the entrance.

  • Allow the vinegar-water mixture to air-dry on the red tiles. Point fans in the direction of the tiles to speed up the drying process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves when working with bleach to prevent skin irritation.
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or products containing ammonia. The resulting fumes are toxic.

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