There are many ways to clean your shower tiles, a quick Google search will provide you with dozens of suggestions – but what works best? While it is a good idea to have professional tile cleanings every now and then, maintaining your tile shower between professional cleanings is also important. With a little effort and the use of cleaning solutions, you can help keep your tile looking nice and clean throughout the year.
In this blog, we’re going to explore the best ways to clean your shower tiles.
Soak Your Shower Tiles
Cleaning becomes much easier if your shower tiles are already soaked in hot water. To prime them for cleaning simply let the hot water run in the shower for 10-15 minutes. The pores in the tiles will become primed for cleaning, and your cleaning session will become much easier because the grime and dirt will come off more quickly.
If you haven’t cleaned the shower tiles in your bathroom in a while, don’t skip this step. You will need this pre-treatment process, so you don’t have to waste excessive energy scrubbing the tiles to get them clean. If you have a handheld showerhead, you can also spray the tiles that are not getting wet, so every surface gets soaked. Wait 10-15 minutes before you begin cleaning, and begin scrubbing the edges of the tiles to remove the buildup of dirt.
Keep in mind, if you have a lot of dirt and build-up in your grout, you might not achieve significant results without the use of a cleaning solution.
Use Vinegar And Baking Soda
A tried and true cleaning solution, a combination of vinegar and baking soda is pretty effective when it comes to cleaning all remnants of dirt in the grouting. To use this mix, first soak the tiles in vinegar by spraying them down with a spray bottle, and let it sit for 30 minutes. The vinegar will effectively target the soap scum and yield much better results than using hot water, especially if hot water wasn’t enough to remove build up.
You may also want to use a grout brush to really clean the tiles and remove all traces of dirt. You can also use a toothbrush if you do not have a grout brush lying around or want to get into smaller areas or corners. This will achieve the sparkling results you are looking for. You can also use this combo to make a paste using water and baking soda to make an even stronger cleaning solution. When doing this you want to make a paste that is similar to the consistency of toothpaste, and then apply it to the edges of the tiles where any traces of dirt is visible.
You can spray more vinegar to enhance this cleaning solution and may notice a bubbling, which indicates that it’s working well! Use a circular motion with your grout brush or toothbrush to target the edges of all the shower tiles and remove any residue.
Once the process is complete and your tiles are clean, let your shower run for a bit and rinse the tiles thoroughly to ensure there is no mildew formation in the crevices.
Hire a Professional
One of the best ways to clean and maintain your shower tiles throughout the year is by using home remedies so you do not have to unnecessarily use harmful cleaning solutions that may damage your tile and grout. If you find these home cleaning solutions are not enough or the dirt and residue is building up, it’s time to consider hiring a professional to do a deep cleaning.