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6 Tools to Make Cleaning Tile Cheap or Easy…or Both

6 Tools to Make Cleaning Tile Cheap or Easy…or Both

When it comes to giving your tiles a makeover by bringing back to life that newly installed look of your aging grout, good news is in short supply. It’s not a job that is going to get any easier by putting it off and it is not a job that can be done both cheaply and efficiently. Most people overlook this responsibility not knowing that it can tremendously affect their health. “Finding the best product that guarantees good results can be a daunting task,” says one of the experts in Fitness To Go website. However, all is not a dark cloud looming over your flooring. That faint silver lining takes the form of an array of options available when the time comes to choose the best tools for the job.

Toothbrush

If you are really committed to putting economy ahead of every other consideration, nothing beats a plain old toothbrush for scrubbing away caked-on grease and thick accumulation of grime in the smallest nooks and crannies of your tile. Really, the toothbrush is the ideal choice for the extreme budgeter since cleaning your grout and tile can be done just as well with an old, discarded brush and it can with a brand new one. You will, however, have to shell out a little something extra for the vinegar, bleach or organic paste.

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Steam Cleaner

At the other end of the extremes when it comes to saving money, time and the impact on your body is the steam cleaner. If the level of grime, mold and stains calls for it, you may find it more than worth the expense to either rent or buy a steam cleaning machine to make the job go quickly while still making sure to kill the bacterial growth as well as removing the unsightly mold. Steam cleaning your tile and grout eliminates the physical labor of cleaning tile while also removing the impact of chemical cleansers and as an added bonus, reduces the amount of water required for the task.

Pressure Washer

A pressure washer fits somewhere closer to the steam cleaner than the toothbrush on the spectrum of tools that can make cleaning tile and grout cheap and easy. If you don’t have a lot of mold and are not overly concerned with the potential effects of runaway bacterial growth, then the pressure washer makes more sense than the steam cleaner. Basically, you will be using water – a lot more water than in the case of the steam cleaner – to effectively utilize the force of pressure to break up the accumulation of filth on the tiles and move them elsewhere.

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Power Scrubber

The power scrubber, on the other hand, is perched closer down toward the toothbrush. Much easier than a toothbrush because the battery powers the rotating brushes that does for you all that hard work you would do yourself when using a toothbrush. A time saving device the power scrubber may be, but you won’t be calling it a day nearly as quickly as with a pressure washer or steam cleaner. You will be saving money, however.

Grout Brushes

The nice thing about using grout brushes to clean your tiles is that you can be very selective when it comes to sizes – whether it’s a full kitchen floor or if you want to install walk-in-shower. These brushes are available in sizes ranging from not much bigger than the toothbrush to those you operate with both hands not unlike a broom or mop. In addition to a variety of sizes, the bristles come in a variety of materials. Use the softer bristles for very delicate work to avoid scratching or damaging your tile. If the soft bristles fail to do the work, move up a level in stiffness.

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Grout Erasers/Abrasive Sponges

The concept of the grout eraser used to be called the abrasive side of the sponge. Only now you are just as likely to find this method for cleaning grout and tile made of rubber. More like an eraser, sure, and far less likely to scratch your tile, but it is still pretty much just the same concept. The upside is that grout erasers are a very effective choice if your dirty tile happens to take up very little space in a very small bathroom or kitchen. Anything much larger and that effectiveness gets diluted due to the amount of work involved and the toll such cleaning takes on grout erasers.

Featured photo credit: Kristian Sekulic via gettyimages.co.uk

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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