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A Clean House Is a Healthy House

My mother always kept a very clean house, so when she began neglecting her house cleaning, I knew something was wrong. She told me that her arthritis was making it tough for her to clean, but that she "didn't care" and that she would just "live with the dirt." I offered to clean her house many times, but she always told me no and that the dirt didn't bother her. When I noticed her sneezing from the dust in her home one day, I decided to research the health effects of a dirty house and print it all off to show her. After I left the papers with her overnight, she then let me hire a cleaning service to clean her house! I know there are others out there in a similar situation, so I want to share my research and cleaning tips with anyone who needs them!

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Replace Ceramic Floor Tiles That Were Damaged By Water

If flooding led to minor water damage inside of your kitchen and several of the floor's ceramic tiles are stained and have come loose as a result, the following steps will assist with drying the floor, removing damaged materials, and attaching new ceramic tiles. 

Supplies

  • towels
  • portable heaters
  • oscillating fan
  • metal pry bar
  • scrub brush
  • disinfectant
  • industrial strength detergent
  • bucket
  • warm water
  • mixing stick
  • sponge mop
  • sponge
  • ceramic tiles
  • tile adhesive
  • foam brush
  • tube of grout
  • putty knife

Dry And Clean The Floor

Use absorbent towels to sop up water from the kitchen floor. Use the tip of a metal pry bar to assist with removing the stained and loose ceramic tiles from the floor. Dispose of the floor materials. Set up a couple portable heaters in the kitchen and aim them towards the wet portions of the floor. Plug in an oscillating fan to increase air flow in the room. After the floor has dried, prepare a cleaning solution by filling a bucket with water and adding a small amount of disinfectant and industrial strength detergent to the bucket.

Stir the contents in the bucket for a couple minutes before dipping a scrub brush into the cleaning solution. Use the scrub brush to loosen tile adhesive and hardened residue from the floor's surface. Use a sponge mop or standard mop to eliminate the cleaning solution from the floor. Allow the floor to air dry or speed up the drying process with the portable heaters. 

Attach Ceramic Tiles And Apply Grout

Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat of tile adhesive along the backside of one of the replacement tiles. Line the tile up with adjacent tiles and press against the ceramic side of the tile until the flooring piece adheres. Apply adhesive to the other tiles and secure them to the floor in the same manner. Wait several hours for the tile adhesive to dry. If grout was applied when the other tiles were first installed, insert a tube of grout in a caulk gun and apply a thin line of grout to gaps between tiles.

Use a flexible putty knife to smooth the surface of the grout. If grout was accidentally applied to the surface of some of the tiles, dampen a sponge with water and wipe the sponge over the grout-covered surfaces to remove the grout. Refrain from walking upon the kitchen floor until the grout has dried completely. For more information, contact a business such as A Steam Pro Carpet Cleaning.