Cleaning Bathroom Tile
Cleaning bathroom tile can be challenging and if you don't clean it periodically whether it's the vanity tile, floor tile, or
the shower tile, it can become dirty and an eyesore.
If you want to learn how to clean bathroom tile keep reading and we will show you how to keep your bathroom tile
There are many types of bathroom tile and different tile may require different cleaning methods.
Also, if you have a calcium based natural stone tile (e.g. marble or travertine tile), you have to avoid any acidic cleaner, as it can etch your tile.
In general, mopping tile floors regularly with a
neutral floor cleaner
and a flat mop, will be the best and easiest way to maintain the tile floors.
Cleaning bathroom tile whether it's ceramic tile, or cleaning
the difference between them is not much and you can treat them the same.
Where challenges may arise in cleaning
is if the tile has a textured surface. Any texture
on the tile, like a low spot or small indentions, can be a place where dirt can accumulate.
Also, because the grout is a low spot and if it's a sanded grout, will have some texture to it, thus a place
where dirt will most likely accumulate.
Cleaning textured tile and cleaning grout will pose challenges, and may require more than just using a flat mop to
keep them clean.
You may need to use a grout cleaning brush
for cleaning bathroom tile and grout.
Click this link for a great natural
stone tile grout cleaner
to help you with all your deep cleaning needs.
The cleaner we use on all marble or ceramic and porcelain showers is one we recommend to all our customers. It's called
MB-3 Soap Scum Remover
and is great for all natural stone and ceramic and porcelain tile, where soap scum is present.
If you have mildew in your marble, travertine or any tile shower area, try
MB-9 Mildew Stain Remover
to help kill and remove any mildew that has started to grow.
How to Clean Bathroom Tile
These are directions for cleaning bathroom tile in the shower, tub area, vanity and the floor.
You will need to make your own tile and grout cleaner or buy a
tile and grout cleaner
and apply the solution to the tile and grout.
The stone and tile cleaner we use and recommend when cleaning showers is
MB-3 Soap Scum Remover.
For cleaning tile floors we recommend a
neutral floor cleaner.
Now for the cleaning. Apply your cleaner to the surface you want to clean.
This has always been the hardest part for me, letting the solution dwell for 10-20 minutes.
Allowing for dwell time makes the scrubbing a little bit easier.
Now for the scrubbing. Using your grout brush, scrub all the grout lines, the best you can being careful not
to damage the baseboards with too much water or banging them with the brush.
You can also scrub the tiles with a deck or grout brush making sure to clean any low areas where dirt can be trapped.
Now it's time to rinse the tiles thoroughly with warm water to remove all the dirty solution.
After the shower, vanity or floor tile has been thoroughly rinsed, dry the tile and grout with cotton cloths, until they are completely dry.
You should now have a pretty clean tile, with the exception of any stubborn grout stains, that sometimes can't be removed.
You are now ready to seal the grout lines which we recommend to be done once the tile is completely dry.
For more on sealing grout, see our
colorsealing grout page
with help on putting down a permanent grout sealer that will make future maintanence much easier for you.
When it comes to cleaning bathroom tile and grout or just maintaining natural stone, we
strive to help educate our customers on the best protection they can have, helping them save time and money in costly
restoration costs down the road.