Cleaning the bathroom typically doesn't rank high on the list of life's greatest pleasures, but it is a necessity. Schedule a time once a week to don some plastic gloves, arm yourself with a spray bottle and sponge, and get to cleaning your bathroom tile. Cleaning the bathroom may not by fun, but having a clean bathroom is.
In a Haze
Tile walls often get covered with a haze composed of body oils and soap scum. This haze leaves a filmy residue, especially in the tub and shower area, and it must be removed before it dulls the tiles' shine and color. Additionally, the haze can lead to mildew and mold, which stain and darken the grout lines.
Cleaning Ceramic Tile
When cleaning ceramic tiles, make your own cleaning solution with items from your pantry.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup ammonia
- 1 gallon of tepid water
Dip a clean sponge into the solution and clean the tiles. Let it dry and wipe with a clean, damp towel.
Should your ceramic tiles look dull, brighten them with another homemade cleaning solution.
Scrub the dull tiles with the cleaning solution before rinsing with cool water. Let the tiles air dry to their pre-haze luster.
Cleaning Porcelain Tile
Clean porcelain tile, whether it's unpolished, polished or textured, with a homemade solution of 2 gallons of tepid water mixed with 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Use a slightly different cleaning method on this type of tile.
Spray both unpolished porcelain and textured porcelain tiles with the solution and let them soak for, at most, 10 minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to scrub any stained areas and wipe all the used cleaning solution with a clean towel. Spray the tile with hot clean water and dry with a clean towel. The same cleaning solution and method are usable on polished porcelain tiles, but the tiles can be buffed back to shiny with cheesecloth. Regardless of the type of porcelain, don't let the cleaning solution puddle or dry on the tile; doing so will cause staining.
Cleaning Natural Stone Tile
Natural stone tiles, such as travertine or marble, are delicate and must be cleaned with the appropriate cleaner. Using a cleaner that isn't made for stone and isn't pH neutral may damage the tiles. The cleaning solution for your natural stone tile is, most likely, already in your kitchen:
- 1/4 cup of oil-based soap, the type commonly used to clean wood
- 2 gallons of tepid water
Carefully pour as much as you need into a spray bottle and spray on the tiles. Wipe clean with a clean rag or towel.
Hep your clean tile look even better by removing the mildew and mold from your grout. Again, you can make your cleaning solutions with materials you already have at home.
- 1 tablespoon of your preferred dish soap
- 2 cups of bleach
- 2 cups of warm to tepid water
Carefully pour your mixture into a spray bottle and apply to the mildewed grout. Let sit for 15 minutes before spraying with warm water. Wipe the area with a dry, clean towel to remove any other dirt or mold.