How to Clean Shower Ceramic Tile?
Keeping the bathroom clean is an important part of maintaining a healthy home, and shower ceramic tile can be one of the toughest parts to keep sparkling. Thankfully, cleaning your tiles is not as difficult as it may seem.
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Step 1: Prepare the Surface
For easy, natural cleanings, use a combination of vinegar and warm water. Just mix one part of the cleaner to four parts water in a spray bottle and apply it to the shower walls, grout lines or any other surface that needs an effective clean. Let it work for 15 minutes, and then wipe the tile with a sponge.
Step 2: Scrub the Surface
You can use a scrub brush or an old toothbrush to gently scrape off soap scum and grime on the ceramic tile surfaces. This will help to remove the grit and dirt from the tile that can make it harder to maintain its shine.
Step 3: Rinse the Surface
When you are done, rinse your shower tile surfaces with plenty of water so that any residue is removed from the surface and then dry it off. This is a crucial step in preventing mold, mildew or soap scum from building up again in the future.
Step 4: Apply a Cleaner
If your shower tile still looks dirty or if it’s looking dull and dingy, you can use a commercial cleaner. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the label and don’t use too much of the cleaner.
Other products that can be used on your shower tiles include vinegar, bleach and a variety of other cleaning agents. These will all help to remove soap scum and grime, and they can also disinfect the surfaces to keep your bathroom clean and germ-free.
Vinegar and other acidic cleaners are not ideal for natural stone tiles, so you will need to stick with a pH-neutral or slightly alkaline cleaner that is specifically recommended for your type of tile. You can find a list of tile-specific cleaners online or in your local hardware store.
For stubborn stains and grout, baking soda is a great natural alternative to commercially-available cleaners. You can make a paste of baking soda and water or simply sprinkle it onto the tile. This will help to lift dirt and grime off the tiles, as well as removing any hard-to-remove stains or marks from the grout.
You can also make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water with a ratio of 2:1 to get rid of any nasty stains that are holding up the look of your shower. This is a more powerful and effective alternative to baking soda, but it is not as environmentally friendly as the former.
Lastly, be sure to use a mop or vacuum regularly to avoid the buildup of dirt on your ceramic tile. Having a dry floor can reduce the risk of slipping and falling in the shower.