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How to easily clean your bathroom & shower tiles

How to easily clean your bathroom & shower tiles

It would be wonderful for our bathrooms to remain shine and grime-free, but in reality, that’s not always the case. Bathrooms are a frequently used space and are bound to get dirty real fast if not cleaned properly or as often as they should be.

If you’ve become complacent in your cleaning routine, then you may have noticed a build-up of bacteria growing in and around your shower, or perhaps you’ve noticed the grout has become a sight for sore eyes. Yikes! Either way, both are unpleasant. This is why regular cleaning is important, as it is hygienic.

Now, you don’t have to be ‘Sadie the Cleaning Lady’ to know all the ins and outs of cleaning (or find enjoyment in it, for that matter). However, we hope the following recommendations on how to best clean your bathroom will help turn it into a sparkling oasis.


Best Products to Buy to Clean Bathroom Tiles

We’re spoilt with choice when it comes to shopping for specialist cleaning products in the supermarket aisle. While some of us like to try different products to get the best result, we recommend sticking with these basics. They’re easy on the pocket and we guarantee they’ll make your bathroom shine!

Bicarbonate Soda

Also known as baking soda, this gentle all-purpose product should be a staple in every household. Not only does it make your baked goods rise but it magnificently takes on the toughest cleaning jobs, too! It can quickly loosen dirt and grime without damaging the surface and works like magic on removing stubborn stains. It’s also known for its deodorising properties and is environmentally friendly.


Hydrogen Peroxide

Often associated with hair colour, this product is another example of how it can be used in cleaning. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a replacement for bleach (minus the nasty chlorine) as it’s great for killing bacteria without being toxic in nature.


White Vinegar

Vinegar is a universal cleaning product that is highly effective for cleaning most things. It’s great at disinfecting germs (such as salmonella and E Coli) and removing soap scum as well as any build-up of minerals in the water. With that said, it does need to be used with caution on natural stone and unsealed cement grout as it can strip away these surfaces over a period of time.


Lemon

Lemon juice is a natural cleaning product thanks to its acidic properties. It’s great at killing bacteria and removing mould, and leaves your bathroom smelling super fresh! Just like white vinegar though, the same caution applies to lemon juice.


Preparing your Bathroom & Shower Tiles for Cleaning

1. Assess what type of tiles you’re cleaning to ensure you won’t cause any damage. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are easy to clean with most cleaning solutions, however, you should dilute your vinegar/lemon juice solution with equal parts water if using on other surfaces. If in doubt, do a patch test. Alternatively, simply stick with a solution of bicarb soda and water (and/or dishwashing liquid).

2. Ensure you have a spray bottle, a sponge or non-abrasive scouring pad, a stiff brush or old toothbrush, and a bowl on hand. A shower squeegee is also recommended.

3. You may wish to run your shower for a good 5 minutes with the temperature up high and close the door to the shower area. The steam will help lift dirt particles, making it easy to clean.


How to Clean Bathroom & Shower Tiles

Knowing how to clean shower tiles and how to clean bathroom grout is quite straightforward with these simple steps.

STEPS METHOD

Step 1

Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio or mix bicarb

soda, water (and/or dishwashing liquid). Spray across the tiles

generously and let the solution sit for 5-10 minutes.

Step 2

Scrub the tiles with a gentle scouring pad in a circular motion.

Step 3

Rinse tiles well with your shower head or bucket.

Step 4

Use a shower squeegee to remove excess water for a streak-free

finish.

STEPS METHOD

Step 1

Start with mixing one part bicarb soda and one part water in a bowl.

Step 2

Spread the mixture nicely onto the grout and apply more in areas

that are heavily stained.

Step 3

Let it penetrate for up to 30 minutes.

Step 4

Use your stiff brush or old toothbrush to scrub away the dirt and

grime.

Step 5

Wipe away with a wet sponge and dry with a squeegee or cloth.

Note: for a deeper and more powerful clean, mix bicarb soda with hydrogen peroxide/vinegar/lemon juice. This will unlock a fizz of carbon dioxide which works a treat in removing difficult stains.


Tips to Prevent Grout Build-Up on Tiles

These easy tips will ensure your grout stays clean for longer and save you from lots of elbow grease later.  

  • Stick to a weekly cleaning schedule. If you do, you won’t give bacteria a chance to breed and it will be easier to stay on top of things.
  • Ensure the bathroom is well ventilated by using an exhaust fan and opening windows and doors. A humid, damp space is an optimal environment for bacteria and mould to grow in, and they will always find a haven in every crook and cranny if you don’t keep them at bay.
  • Wipe down your tiles with a squeegee or a clean, dry towel to slow down and possibly prevent the build-up of bacteria and mould.
  • Seal the grout yearly with a silicone-based grout sealer. This will help to reduce the speed at which moisture can enter it.
  • Avoid leaving wet towels or clothing on the floor as this will only suffocate your surfaces.

Now that you know the best way to clean bathroom tiles and how to clean bathroom tile grout, it’s time for you to put it to the test. Sticking to these products and techniques will not only transform your bathroom into a brighter and more inviting space, but we’re sure you’ll give Sadie a run for her money!

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