Clean, shiny tile in the bathroom makes all the difference between a bright, sparkly bath and a drab, unsanitary one; however, it can also be the most daunting task to achieve. When cleaning your bathroom, simply employ these three tips and tricks to help clean your bathroom tile better.
Select the Right Cleanser
Cleaning the shower requires different methods and cleaning products than cleaning the toilet and sink. For example, all purpose cleaners are designed to remove light dirt and film, while products such as Scrubbing Bubbles foaming cleaners are specially formulated for more tougher jobs, such as removing soap scum and water spots from tile. Or for a more natural tile cleaner, try a simple vinegar solution.
Clean the tile using a cleansing cloth. For more stubborn residue, use an abrasive scrubber, such as a scrubbing sponge or a steel wool soap pad. Rinse clean. A removable shower head allows you to rinse the tile off quickly and cleanly. Or, if you’d like, invest in a removable rubber shower head to do the trick.
Use a Brush to Clean the Grout
No matter how shiny your tiles are, if the grout is dirty, it will still look unsightly.
Saturate the grout with a specially formulated product, or try a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar. Allow the solution to sit for two to three minutes, but not much longer, or the dirt will settle back into the grout.
Use a grout or other small brush to gently scrub the dirt from the grout. If need be, keep a small cup of clean water handy to rinse the brush. However, avoid using too much water because the more you allow the solution to work the less scrubbing you will have to do.
Wipe away the dirt using a cleansing cloth, then clean the tile as usual.
Finish with a Glossy Shine
For added shine, buff the tiles using a microfiber cloth, which will give your tiles a glossy finish. Or, if you’d like, employ a trick that some housekeepers use. Spray lemon oil or furniture polish over the tiles, then use a soft, microfiber cloth to buff the surface to a shine.
Routine care and maintenance of your tile will go along way towards prolonging the shine of your tile, so be sure to clean your tiles regularly. Soap scum and water spots, left untreated, can harden and eventually give way to mildew and mold, which can make your cleaning task even harder.