If there’s one thing you’ll find in almost every bathroom across the world, it’s tiles. Another thing you’ll see in many of these bathrooms is a build-up of dirt and grime in the grouting around the tiles. The reason for this is simple: it’s easy to clean bathroom tiles, but it’s not easy to clean bathroom tiles the right way. In today’s blog post, we’ll outline the steps you’ll need to take to ensure your bathroom tiles are glistening clean around the clock.
Step 1: The right tools, the right workspace
It’s easy to see cleaning tiles as a quick thing you can take care of while doing your regular bathroom cleaning, but if you want tiles that retain the showroom sheen, you’ve got to work a little harder. The first step is to ensure you’ve got the right tools for the job, and that you’ve set the scene in a way that’s conducive to really clean tiles. This really means two things: first, a pair of quality rubber gloves so you can really dig into the dirt without fear of getting your hands dirty. And second, ventilating your bathroom correctly. Open all the windows you can, because chemical cleaners can easily get overpowering in a poorly ventilated bathroom.
Step 2: Testing and prepping the surface
If you’re using a cleaner you’ve never used before, it’s a good idea to test it first on a small patch of tile that’s out of view. In fact, you may even want to do this the day before you actually carry out the tile cleaning. Doing a “patch test” like this will make sure you’re not inadvertently causing damage to all of your bathroom tiles at once – which could be a costly mistake! Once you’re happy with the cleaning product, it’s time to prep the tiles. If, like most bathroom tiles, yours are ceramic, it’s a good idea to run some hot water over them from the shower. Believe it or not, doing this actually opens the tiny holes in the surface of the tiles, meaning the dirt washes away much more easily.
Step 3: Time for some elbow grease!
The final step for cleaning your bathroom tiles the right way is to actually do the physical cleaning of each tile. As we mentioned earlier, you should already have some bathroom tile cleaner tested and ready to go; but if you don’t want to use chemicals, there is another option. Simply mix together warm water, vinegar, and a little baking soda in a spray bottle. The vinegar will work to remove grease, and the baking soda is great at removing built-up grime (provided you leave it on the tiles for a few minutes). One other recommendation: use an old toothbrush on the grouting of your tiles to get a really pristine clean finish. It’s meticulous work, for sure, but there’s no better way to prevent dirt and grime build-up – and it’ll keep your bathroom tiles looking brand new for years to come.
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