How to clean tiles without using your arms
If you have a lot of floor tile, chances are you dread cleaning it. There are many reasons for this. The back and forth motion of the mops on the market today, make for sore arms and backs. If you are the type that loves a really clean floor, your hands and knees have probably been your last resort to get it that way. I hope to help you change all that.
Other problems with old methods of cleaning floor tile is that only small surfaces can be cleaned at a time. Marks are left as the surface dries. Another reason for concern is that tile can be very slippery, especially the shiny version. If you have children, cleaning your tile is a real concern because if they happen to walk on it before it dries, it is very easy to slip and fall. Many very serious accidents have been attributed to wet tile.
So what do we do? How do we clean it? First, the more the merrier. If you have children, get them involved. It will be fun for them and your tile will end up being sparkling in the process.
Next, you need some big rags. I have found that large old towels work the best. Old beach towels are the best. The larger the towel the better, although for young children, probably a regular size bath towel is all that they will be able to work with easily.
All you need for cleaning solution is warm water. If your tile is really dirty, you might put a drop or two of dish soap to a gallon of warm water. Use very little if you use any at all. Warm water works the best for most jobs. Make sure the water temperature isn't too hot if you have children helping you.
Wet and ring out your towels. This is the hardest part, but it can even be fun if you do it in the bathtub. Have a child stand in each end of a dry tub. Have each child take an end of the wet towel. Have one start to twist the towel one way, the other start to twist the towel the other way.
Each child needs a towel to start the fun of cleaning the tile. Spread the damp towel out on the floor to be cleaned. Have a child step on the towel with feet about a foot apart. The idea then is to shuffle the feet, moving the towel with you as you go. It is fun to have races or see who can shuffle over the largest space in the shortest amount of time. The weight of the body with the shuffling motion of the feet will clean tile very effectively.
After you have gone over the entire floor, repeat the process using dry towels. The floor is dried very quickly. There are no slips, no marks left, and the floor dries to a clean, dry finish in no time. The rags are thrown into the washing machine easily. It's great fun. Children love competitive games. Make it a game. It's amazing how much they will get done. Bookmark on del.icio.us