Tuesday, October 30 2012
Using Coke to Clean Your Tile & Grout Floors:
Recently we had someone visit our website wanting to know IF they can use Coke to clean their tile and grout floors. Apparently they were told by someone that Coke is a great cleaning solution. Our response was "No," and here is the reason why:
Coke is made of carbonated water, sugar, carmel, phosphoric acid, flavourings, and preservatives. For every ounce of Coke you drink there is (1) teaspoon of sugar. The reason why people think Coke would make a good cleaning product is because of the phosphoric acid found in Coke. The reason why your throat burns when you drink Coke is because of this acid. People have used both Coke & Pepsi to clean the alkaline off their car battery terminals with great success (this is the white powdery substance you see building up on the battery terminals), and they have even used it to clean the 'ring' from the toilet bowl with some success. To clean your tile & grout floors with Coke, or any other soft drink, would be a nightmare. The sugar would settle down in the grout pours making an instant buffet for ants. The floor would feel sticky from the sugar and the carmel, which is coloring agent, would stain the sanded grout. The phosphoric acid would eventually eat a way the grout because it is acid. To say this least this is a VERY, VERY, VERY BAD IDEA.
The next time you want to DIY seek the guidance of a professional who can help you avoid making costly mistakes. I hope this has been helpful to you. If you have questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.