Monthly Archives: April 2018

Apartment Revamp Embraces both Pastels

Even though it is the lovely light pinks in the living space, pastel blue and brilliant metallics that instantly grab your attentions, this adaptable and ingenious apartment is about much more than mere aesthetics. A new, flexible floor plan sees the bedroom and the living area next to one another with suspended glass and black powder coated stainless steel sliding doors separating that spaces. Sliding doors also create a small, private space next to the living area that can be used as a guest room, additional family room or even a home office when needed.

With a continuous oak floor, gorgeous splashes of jade green and unique black and white tiles in the kitchen that bring visual contrast every corner of this revitalized apartment has something new to offer. A smart kitchen in white, comfortable dining space, minimalist bedrooms and walk-in closet complete this fabulous home in Hong Kong.

How to Clean Tile Grout

1) One of the best choices for cleaning grout is oxygen bleach. This nontoxic chemical is not only color safe, but it also requires minimal scrubbing – unlike many other household cleaners. Simply mix oxygen bleach with warm water and pour or spray the solution onto your stained grout.

Allow the solution it soak into the grout for about 20 – 30 minutes. For deeper or older stains, you may want to wait up to an hour. As the solution soaks in, the oxygen ions within the bleach will break apart the stain molecules. Simply give it a light scrub, and the stain should wipe away easily.

2) Another choice is good, old fashioned vinegar. In addition to being eco friendly, vinegar is incredibly effective and much cheaper than chemical-filled commercial tile cleaner. While it might leave a slightly unpleasant smell behind, it’s much safer to breathe in than the fumes of many other cleaners.

  • Regardless of the tile cleaning method you choose, however, always be sure to prep the surface by wiping away loose debris with a damp cloth.
  • When scrubbing, be sure to use a stiff brush but never anything as abrasive as a wire brush or steel wool as this can scratch and ruin your tile.
  • Finally, be sure to clean your tile at least once a month to prevent deep set stains and preserve its radiant finish.

Cleaning Grout with Baking Soda and Vinegar Really Work?

Does the floor look as if the professionals cleaned it? No. And I know this because the last time Stanley Steemer came out to clean my carpet, they did a little demo to show me just what their steam cleaning technique could do for my grout. And it was pretty amazing! But it’s good to know that a DIY option exists, that it’s effective (AND budget-friendly), and that it leaves the floor looking pretty darn good overall! Read on for all the details…

The Big Idea

If you’re like me, you’ve been dreaming of clean grout for quite awhile. Perhaps you imagine about walking across your floor with bare feet and not a care in the world. So you decide to take matters into your own hands, especially if you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly alternatives to professional cleaners. For some, the thought of scrubbing the floor with a toothbrush can be therapeutic. For others, it sounds like back-breaking work. I tend to enjoy physical labor, so taking a toothbrush to the grout intrigues me. Weird, I know!

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

You will need baking soda, vinegar, a spray bottle, water, a measuring cup, a toothbrush, a small container, and some rags (or some paper towels).

Below we see a close-up of the grout in my powder room. Looks like it needs a little work, right?!

Step 2: Make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the grout. I actually used the toothbrush to stir the paste mixture and apply it to the grout. Looks messy, right? It was!

Step 3: Concoct a mixture of equal parts vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto the baking soda paste.

And you’ll have a fizzy mix like the one below. It’s like a science experiment in your powder room!

Step 4: Scrub the grout with a toothbrush.

Give the baking soda and vinegar a chance to fizz before you start scrubbing, and then work on that grout with determination. I thought it was fun to see the dirt scrub away with ease! Definitely a great activity for those who get satisfaction from eliminating dirt and grime!

Step 5: Wipe away the mess with a water-soaked rag.

Paper towels also work. I actually used a sponge and paper towels to wipe up the excess baking soda and vinegar, but if I’d had some old rags, I would have used them instead.