Summer or winter, balcony tiles have the art of blackening quickly: between dust, mud marks, rain, bird droppings and other dirt, your white tiles will visibly turn black. Because they are easily exposed to pollution and bad weather, they need frequent cleaning. An alternative to bleaching? Here are some tips for a natural and ecological cleaning to respect the environment.

How to clean outdoor tiles without chemicals?

Spring cleaning shows its nose tip. Soon we have to get to work to beautify the balconies and terraces for future sunny days. After all, if these places in the open air are practically neglected during the cold season, they are again in great demand when the weather is nice. And, of course, as soon as you look at this notorious deep cleaning, you are left with a sight of devastation. A real mess! But rest assured that with our advice and tips, you’ll be well equipped to transform this battlefield into a clean, well-ordered and inviting environment. Of course, everything needs to be combed through, from furniture to fabric, including the floor, windows and other dirty surfaces.

Do without the chemicals for once? All in good time! There is nothing better than ecological cleaning to save the environment, keep your rooms healthy and save a little money. Especially since our home remedies are very effective and offer flawless results. But before you start washing and cleaning, don’t forget to give your balcony a good sweep to remove all visible dirt. The best way to do this is with a broom with hard, dense bristles.

An excellent duo: white vinegar and baking soda

The problem with industrial cleaners is that they wear out quickly and aren’t really cost-effective. Not to mention that they pollute the environment. But let’s not denigrate them either, because they are still very effective. However, some natural products have nothing to envy. This is especially true of white vinegar and baking soda, which can be easily found in most households. These versatile ingredients have the advantage of being economical and ecological. Most importantly, they have a remarkable ability to remove dirt and get rid of stubborn stains. In addition, for this deep cleaning you need:

  • Water
  • ammonia
  • Window cleaner
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Baking powder

Mix all these ingredients together until you get a homogeneous solution. And apply it to the tiles of your balcony or terrace. This powerful home remedy will dissolve the thick layer of dirt in seconds! Then wash the tiles with a mop or cloth, depending on your habit. To protect it from future staining, it is recommended to use a surface protector afterwards.

Note: If you have cement tiles on your balcony, you can use a mixture of ammonia and starch for cleaning.

How to clean marble tiles without damaging the coating?

We haven’t specified it yet, but you obviously need to pay a lot of attention to the type of flooring on your balcony or patio. This is because each material requires different products to remove dirt without causing irreparable damage. For example, marble tiles are very delicate to clean.  In fact, it is the most difficult material to maintain. Its sophistication is surpassed only by its fragility. Ideally, mix a spoonful of baking soda with a spoonful of Marseille soap until you get a homogeneous mixture. Pour this solution into a bucket filled with water for normal washing. The result will be very satisfactory: Your marbled tiles will regain a beautiful shine!

Other means to clean the tiles of your terrace

  • With black soap

If you want to clean heavily soiled tiles, black soap is quite sufficient. This product is effective, environmentally friendly and inexpensive. To clean your patio, mix 10 quarts of hot water with 10 tablespoons of liquid black soap. Rub well, rinse well and you’re done!

  • With rubbing alcohol

Household alcohol is a very popular solution for cleaning all surfaces and removing stubborn stains. Simply use a sponge soaked in a solution of 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 2/3 hot water. If the stains are really stubborn, rub them with a sponge soaked in alcohol. Then rinse with water.

  • With citric acid

Finally, citric acid is also a very effective home remedy. As a bonus, it is a 100% natural organic plant acid. It is used both as a food additive and as a cleaning agent for various elements. Thus, it thoroughly cleans your patio, decalcifies and dissolves all the dirt in just a few minutes. To use this product, first put on gloves to avoid skin damage. Pour 5 tablespoons of citric acid into a 1 quart bucket of hot water. You can add a few drops of lemon or tea tree essential oil, which are known for their disinfecting properties and delicate aroma. Then scrub with a brush. Then rinse thoroughly and finish by wiping off the excess. Shine guaranteed!