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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 September 17, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

1. It burns more fat.

Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

3. It saves you money.

Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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4. It increases your immune system.

Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

5. It makes you face your fears head on.

People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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6. You will feel better in your clothes.

When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

7. You will embrace vulnerability.

When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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8. You will show the world the real you.

Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

9. You will have fun.

Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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