How To Clean Bathroom Tiles
Keeping your home clean can sometimes require learning how to clean bathroom tiles. Tiles are an economical and durable choice to use in bathrooms. Clean bathroom tiles regularly to keep them looking new. The dampness of the bathroom and soap deposits allow mildew, mold and soap scum to discolor your tiles. It will not matter to guest how clean the rest of your home looks if they go into a grungy bathroom. A regular weekly cleaning will keep these problems from accumulating and making it a breeze to keep clean.
You will need the following:
- Spray bathroom cleaner
- Sponge and soft cleaning brush
- Liquid Bleach
- Baking Soda
- Grout Cleaner (optional)
- Spray bathroom cleaner over the tile. Cover with cleaner from top to bottom to allow excess cleaner to drip down to the lower tiles. Allow it to sit for three to five minutes to let the dirt and grime lift away.
- Scrub the area covered with cleaner with a sponge. Focus on the surface of the bathroom tiles for now and save the grout for later. Rinse with warm water starting at the top and working your way down to keep the dirt dripping over the area you have already rinsed.
- Use vinegar if the tiles still look cloudy after cleaning. Spray on the tiles full strength and allow to sit for a few minutes. Repeat the scrubbing and then rinse with warm water. As a last resort, you can use toilet bowl cleaner to get rid of the cloudy residue. Toilet bowl cleaner can corrode plumbing fixtures so keep it away from the pipes and faucets.
- Concentrate on cleaning the grout last. If it is still white, you only need to spray on a mixture of half liquid bleach and half water. Allow it to stand for fifteen minutes and then rinse with warm water. If the grout is stained or molded, it is best to use a paste of baking soda and water. Spread on the colored grout and then scrub with a soft brush. If you prefer, try a commercial grout cleaner and use as directed. Clean bathroom tiles weekly to keep stains from forming.
- Prevent future stains by applying a thin layer of car wax to the tiles. Follow directions of the wax, but only apply a thin layer to keep bathroom tiles clean and free of soap buildup.
Tips: To slow the growth of future mold, always dry the tiles with your towel and use an exhaust fan to help get rid of moisture in the air. Never use a combination of ammonia based products and bleach. Always clean bathroom tiles in a well ventilated area.