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How to Clean Your Bathroom Tiles

A grubby looking bathroom can easily be scrubbed up so that it’s sparkling, using a mix of household cleaning products, however, What about the tiles around the bath or shower cubicle?

Or the splashback tiles behind the taps, you scrub for ages and still you can’t seem to get the stains off? Sounds familiar.

Don’t worry, help is at hand, follow these steps and you will have the cleanest bathroom in your street, allowing your bathroom to look like it’s been given a new lease of life.

Step 1: Grout.

The first thing you should look at is the grout around the tiles, it can start to look really dirty after a while and as the bathroom is often warm and damp, due to water from washing, steam caused by hot water and condensation from family members not opening windows or putting on the fan after a hot shower, all these can contribute to mould growth around the tiles, which does make the tiles look dirty.

It’s not difficult to clean, just a bit time consuming especially on a larger scale.

It’s better if you tackle the grout first, you will see that in places the grouting is a little narrower between the tiles, especially near the tap splashbacks, you need something that can get into tight angles and narrow spaces, cloths are too bulky, so I use an old toothbrush and an effective cleaning agent.

Everyone seems to think that bleach cleaners are the way forward, they may work on some grouts, but can fade coloured or dark grouts, so approach those with caution.

When cleaning bathrooms, I would always wear a pair of plastic gloves, as most cleaning products have irritants and can cause irritation to your skin, it’s also a good idea to keep the windows open in the room, to avoid breathing in any of the chemicals.

A perfect natural cleaning product that I like to use is mixing a few drops of lemon juice to some baking soda and then adding some vinegar, mix the ingredients into a plastic bowl and make a paste with it, spread it into the tile gaps on the grouting and work it in with the toothbrush, this will easily cut through the dirt without causing any damage.

The lemon juice acts as a natural cleaning agent and will also give the bathroom a lovely citrus clean smell, which smells better than bleach.

My recipe is:

Get scrubbing! Work the paste into the grout and leave for 30 minutes to soak in and work its magic. Once you have left it for a while, simply rinse of with clean cold water and wipe up any residue with a cloth, microfiber cloths are brilliant for this. Your grout should now look clean, if for any reason there are still stains, repeat the process again and this should then clean it.

Another good tool for just tipping the colour of the grout, is a grout pen, many of the DIY shops sell them, it looks a bit like a marker pen, you can use it by going over the grout to whiten the tile lines, but use the grout pen after you have cleaned the grout, if your grout is a dark shade, fear not they also do different colours to match your tiles.

Step 2: Tiles

So, your grout is clean, let’s look at those tiles, certain tile finishes require different tools for cleaning, I would recommend using vinegar on ceramic tiles, they come up sparkling. For plain tiles you should use vinegar and a scouring pad, for patterned tiles you need a softer sponge or a microfibre cloth.

Never clean marble with vinegar, as its an acid, it can scratch the surface and ruin the finish, if you do you have marble in your bathroom, the best and natural cleaner which is not acidic would be to use baking soda in a paste with some water and wipe it over the surfaces with a microfiber cloth this way you will not expose your marble to any acid.

You can use specialist cleaning products to clean your tiles. I would prefer to use homemade products not only are they cheaper they are far more efficient. Using a soft cloth or sponge make a paste using half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar gently wipe over the surface of the tiles, leave for 30 minutes and then spray down with fresh water, you can then mop the tiles dry with an old towel or a clean microfiber cloth.

Now stand back and look at your beautiful gleaming bathroom. Our next article we’ll start with those floor tiles.

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