Have you ever entered your bathroom and asked yourself depressingly where your sparkling bathroom disappeared to?
Then, you flashback to when you newly got your apartment and how much joy you had taking selfies in your bathroom. But now, the state of the bathroom tiles is disheartening.
How on earth are you going to get rid of all the dirt and make it clean again?
If this is you, welcome; we've got you covered.
Making your bathroom tiles sparkle again can be overwhelming, but you need not worry. This guide will help your bathroom tiles sparkle again and return a beautiful smile to your face.
First, know your bathroom tiles!
It's important to know the type of tiles in your bathroom before you start cleaning. This information will help you avoid causing damages to your tiles from heavy cleaning agents.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are generally easier to clean with almost any cleaning agent or tool. In contrast, abrasive cleaning cloths and acids found in lemon and vinegar can damage marble tiles.
Next, we go over the tools and products that you can use in cleaning your bathroom tiles. All the cleaning tools and agents cited below are readily available in homes and nearby stores. To find out more, keep reading.
Here are general cleaning tips for you if you can't decipher the type of tiles in your bathroom.
Marble tiles are made of natural stone and, as such, require delicate handling and care. Just like all other natural stones, you should clean marble regularly. Care must, however, be taken when cleaning to prevent scratches and deterioration.
Here is how to clean your marble bathroom tiles:
Alternatively, these are some suitable cleaners for a marble tile: Windex, light dishwashing detergent, baking soda, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Always use pH-neutral cleaners. Avoid cleaners like vinegar, lemon, ammonia, and bleaches because they are acidic and harsh to the tiles.
These tiles are baked hard and coated with glazed glass, making them durable and easy to maintain. Regardless, they need adequate attention and care, especially the bathroom tiles that receive much traffic per day.
Here's how to clean the ceramic and porcelain tiles in your bathroom.
You can choose to use a single product in cleaning your tiles if you aren't cut out for mixing A, B, and C.
This is an excellent cleaner that's readily available in homes and stores. Lemon works well with bathroom tiles because of its acidic properties that can dissolve hard dirt and stain.
Get lemon juice into a spray bottle, spray it over the tiles to be cleaned, and wipe with a clean cloth or a damp sponge. Better still, soak the sponge in the lemon juice and wipe off the dirt with it. Finally, rinse off with warm water, and you have a renewed bathroom tile.
This is another kitchen item that works magic for almost everything. You should always have vinegar at home, trust me!
To clean your bathroom tiles, get a bowl, add 1/2 cup of white vinegar (distilled) and 1 liter of warm water, then mix.
Next, get your cleaning cloth or towel, soak in the mixture, clean the tiles with it, and rinse with warm water. Alternatively, you can use a spray bottle, as in the case of lemon above.
Baking soda can work wonders in your bathroom, not only in dough or cakes. Start by mixing 2 to 3 cups of baking soda in a little quantity of water to form a paste. Then, apply it to the tiles, scrub with a soft brush or sponge, wipe with a clean cloth, and rinse off with warm water.
Your bathroom tiles will only look as good as the grout that holds them together. You have the option of getting a grout cleaning machine or a DIY cleaning method. If you’re a team DIY, this guide is for you.
We acknowledge that not all our readers appreciate DIY or homemade cleaners; some just want a finished product from the stores, apply it, and get the tiles back to their sparkling state. If the latter sounds like you, this section is for you.
Below are some of the best tile cleaning solutions you can buy for all types of tiles: ceramic, marble, glass, or porcelain.
It leaves a natural shine and prevents stains from ruining your bathroom. It works as a prevention than a cure.
It is best for stone tiles with a strong fresh scent and shine that lasts longer.
It works best for tile polishing by disguising scratches and polishing the tiles.
This cleaner works best for grout and goes a long way to give you the shine you desire.
This is another excellent option for your bathroom tiles. It leaves no residue and gives you that sparkling shine you crave.
This works best for large areas and heavy-duty cleaning. It does not leave a residue, and a little amount goes a long way.
Knowing how to clean your bathroom tiles is a must if you desire that sparkle it had on the first day of installation. Bathroom tiles, like every other tile, lose their shine and luster through deposits of soap scum, wear and tear, dirt, water spots, and other factors.
Replacing your bathroom tiles is expensive. But with a little effort in cleaning and maintenance, as we've suggested above, you can sustain the luster and shine of your bathroom tiles for a much longer time.