Learn how to clean tile floors in just minutes without chemicals or scrubbing. Today, we’re sharing how we tackled a bathroom problem using a cleaning tool that easily removes deep down dirt from ceramic tiles.
Ugh… I hate cleaning bathrooms. In my home, I have two small boys, a husband, and a scruffy mutt dog. I feel like I could spend days on end trying to keep our bathrooms clean and tidy. No matter how hard I try, I struggle with getting our bathrooms really, truly and deeply clean.
Our ceramic tile floors seem to take the brunt of the mess and grime. I would love to blame the mess on everyone else. It turns out though, I am actually the worst culprit of them all!
You see, my husband and I share a master bathroom with two sinks, one for him and one for me. The ceramic tile in our master bathroom is greenish gray with brown and tan swirls through it.
It’s an awesome color combo because it hides the dirt well most days. In fact, it took me a while to even notice the dark brown spot by my bathroom sink. For a long while, I thought it was just part of the tile.
Here, I’ll remove the rug and you can see it better:
Like most women, when I get ready in the morning I use hairspray and other products. The dark dirty spot on the ceramic tile comes from the build-up of those products.
This heinous spot has been my nemesis for several years now. I’ve tried mopping with cleaning products, scrubbing on my hands and knees with a bucket of sudsy soap and any other method I could think of to clean tile floors. No matter what I tried, that dark spot just would not go away.
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A Solution to Try
I was embarrassed to have anyone use our master bathroom for fear they’d see that awful dark spot and judge me. More importantly, though I was starting to worry that I had somehow permanently stained the ceramic tile with my hair care products. Just when I had nearly given up on the idea of having clean tile floors, HomeRight offered to send me their Steam Machine 53 to try. In the past, we’ve loved using their large spray shelter to paint the coat rack in our front hall and the organization racks in our mudroom so I was anxious to see how their Steam Machine 53 works.
How the HomeRight Steam Machine Works
The HomeRight Steam Machine 53 uses highly pressurized steam for chemical-free cleaning. They said it will remove deep down dirt and grime from hard surfaces and kills 99% of all germs and bacteria including; e-coli, salmonella, and staph. It sounded like a dream come true! I couldn’t wait to give it a try to see whether it would tackle that dark spot.
How to Clean Tile Floors Without Chemicals or Scrubbing
Spoiler Alert: The HomeRight Steam Machine 53 exceeded my expectations and did an amazing job of conquering my nasty problem. It seriously only took a few minutes and that spot was GONE.
I’ve got step-by-step photos and instructions to show you exactly how I used the HomeRight Steam Machine 53 to the clean tile floors and remove that spot once and for all. But before we get to those I thought a short video would help give you a better idea of how easy this little machine was to use. It was shot in real time on my iPhone using a tripod unless otherwise noted so you can see just how FAST it was to tackle that spot!
Now if you want to clean tile floors in your own home. Here’s what you need to do.
What You Need to Clean Tile Floors:
- HomeRight Steam Machine 53 with household accessory kit – The one we have is model number C900053.
- 40 ounces of distilled water
- Paper towels or microfiber cloths
1. Fill the Water Tank in the Steam Machine
While the Steam Machine is still unplugged, remove the safety cap and fill the water tank with 40 ounces of distilled water. Screw the safety cap back on tightly. Make sure you read all of the safety warnings in the manual that comes with the Home Right Steam Machine. Failure to follow their precautions could result in steam burns.
2. Attach the Cleaning Adaptor and Attachment to the Steam Gun Nozzle
The household accessory kit for the HomeRight Steam Machine 53 comes with several different adaptors and attachments. To deep clean tile floors in my bathroom, I used the straight adaptor and the small nylon brush. However, it also came with:
- A squeegee for cleaning glass surfaces that are above 32 degrees Fahrenheit like windows, mirrors and shower doors (If the glass is too cold, they warn that it could crack.)
- A fabric steamer for cleaning clothes and mattresses
- A jet nozzle to disinfect crevices in bathrooms and kitchens
- A brass brush to clean grease and grime in grills and ovens
- An angled adaptor, extension wands and large cleaning brush with a cloth to clean tile floors as well as vinyl and linoleum floors. It says it also works to clean marble and granite surfaces. You should NOT use it on wood or laminate floors, laminate countertops or any surface that isn’t sealed properly.
3. Heat Up the Home Right Steam Machine
Plug the Steam Machine into an electric outlet in your wall and press the power button to turn it on. The red light and the orange light on top of the Steam Machine will light up. The red light shows that the machine is turned on. The orange light shows that the machine is building up steam. It takes at least 8 minutes for the machine to heat up. The orange light will turn off when the machine is ready for you to use it.
4. Steam Clean Tile Floors
Now comes the fun part! Pull the trigger on the steam gun and aim it at your grimy floor. Gently press the nylon brush back and forth across your tile. You don’t need to press very hard or to scrub with it. Just move the steam gun lightly back and forth across the spot wherever you want to deeply clean tile floors.
You’ll notice condensation from the steam starts to form on the hard ceramic tiles as you clean. I just used paper towels to wipe the dirty water away, but a microfiber cloth would work perfectly too.
Continue to go back and forth over the dirty spot on your floor with the steam gun until the dirt is totally gone. You can let it air dry at that point or if you’re just spot cleaning like I did you could wipe it dry with a paper towel or a clean microfiber cloth.
5. Finish Cleaning the Rest of Your Tile Floor
After you’ve deep cleaned any of the nasty spots on your floor, you can attach the extension wands, angled adaptor and large cleaning brush to the steam gun and use it to finish cleaning the rest of your tile floor.
Once you’ve cleaned your tile floors, release the remaining steam from the nozzle. Unplug the unit and allow it to cool completely for at least 30 minutes. Then empty any remaining water from the tank and store the Steam Machine away until the next time you need to clean tile floors.
6. Stand Back and Admire Your Sparkly Clean Tile Floors
I’m not kidding when I say it only took me a few minutes to get rid of that nasty spot on my bathroom tile floors. When my husband, Kent got home from work that night and I showed him the video I made he couldn’t believe it either. It felt like the dirty spot just melted away from all that steam.
When I see the remarkable difference between what the tile floor looked like before compared to what it looks like now, I’m just astonished. It’s so clean now, I almost feel like I could eat off that floor. It’s a bathroom, so I won’t — but seriously I feel like I could!
Now that I’ve tried the HomeRight Steam Machine 53 and have seen how well it cleans tile floors, I find myself looking around my house wondering what else I should use it on…. I want to steam clean everything now!
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