The Best Way to Clean Shower Tile

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Things You'll Need

  • Tub and tile cleaner

  • Scrub brush

  • Dry cloths

  • Squeegee


Sealing the shower tiles and grout with a latex-based commercial sealant is advised, but the shower must be completely dry prior to applying sealant. Let shower walls dry for five full days prior to applying sealant. Unless the shower is brand new, don't seal the floor tiles, as they take much longer to dry out completely.

The tiles should be dried immediately after each shower or bath to prevent the buildup of soap scum or the growth of mildew or mold. This will keep your shower looking clean and will eliminate the need for you to scrub the tiles and grout vigorously in the future.

Keeping the shower tiles dry will prevent mold and mildew growth.

Mold, mildew and soap scum can ruin the appearance of your shower tile and make an otherwise clean bathroom look grimy and unkempt. The biggest problem with cleaning shower tiles is the growth of mold and mildew in the porous cement grout between each tile. Removing stains from the grout can be a difficult task, but once clean, it is not difficult to maintain the tiles and keep them looking like new.

Step 1

Spray the entire shower surface with a commercial tub and tile cleaner, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes so that it has an opportunity to penetrate the soap scum, mold and mildew on the shower tiles and grout.

Step 2

Scrub the shower tiles with a scrub brush or toothbrush--paying particular attention to the grout between the tiles.

Step 3

Rinse the shower tiles thoroughly with water, and reapply the cleaner as necessary to stubborn mold and mildew stains.

Step 4

Dry the tiles thoroughly with a squeegee or dry absorbent cloths so that no moisture remains on the shower tiles or grout.


Lynn Burbeck

Lynn Burbeck is a professional writer with over five years of experience writing for the Web. She has published numerous articles for print and online media including "Grit" Magazine. Burbeck holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.