About Mopping Floors and Killing Grass
April 28, 2016 9:42am CST
After the tufts of grass growing between the concrete have been poked, pulled and scraped, I searched online for simple ways to kill the remaining stumps and roots so they don't grow again. I've read about pouring boiling water, vinegar, salt, bleach, dishwashing liquid, etc, but there were conflicting results and opinions shared by readers and experts. How do you kill stubborn grass? I tried adding baking soda to the water when I mopped the floor, but it left a white powdery residue afterwards. Next time, I added white vinegar to the water instead, but when I looked it up online later on, some are saying vinegar isn't good for tiles. Have you used baking soda or vinegar on tiles?
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sometimes i do that - soak cucumber in vinegar with salt, pepper, and sugar. it goes well with fried and grilled food. i haven't used liquid detergent on tiles yet. wouldn't it be hard to rinse off? i thought mr. muscle was only for the toilet bowl.
• United States
I have used baking soda and vinegar on tiles, but I also give it a good rinsing afterwards. The vinegar is supposed to be diluted with water, as straight vinegar could be quite corrosive. I love that squeaky clean feeling. Kill grass/weeds? Come live in Southern California where we have a drought . . . many people have opted to not water their lawns anymore - they say brown is new green out here!
• Midland, Michigan
I've killed weeds, grass and such in the concrete before and it last for that year but returns again the next. It's never totally gone. Even if using some commercial weed killer. My kitchen floor is over sixty years old and we cannot afford to replace it just yet. It takes about four things to clean it. I could do it one way the first time but I'd need to replace the mop head each time. I've thought about writing about it just today, so that's all I'm saying right now. I usually use commercial products.
• Marion, Kansas
Depending on the type of grass, salt dissolved in water, then add equal part of white vinegar. One or two squirts of dish soap makes it stay to do its work. 1 cup salt, four cups vinegar four cups water. Are your tiles ceramic? Vinegar works great diluted in the water. If they are some kind of no wax tiles you are supposed to just use water. I have an all purpose cleaner my hubby sells that I use on everything.
Yes, I used both for my CR/bathroom tiles but more white marks appeared when it became wet again after we used the bathroom. Don't know what to use. For grasses, maybe hot/boiling water is effective to kill the roots instead of using herbicides which is harmful to the environment.