Like everything else in your home, bathroom tile must be regularly maintained. Ceramic tile poses specific challenges because of the fact that you have two different types of surfaces. You have the relatively easy to clean tile and the porous grout. Here is how you can clean your ceramic tile and grout in your bathroom like a professional.
The first step in any tile cleaning project is to thoroughly vacuum or sweep your floor. If using a vacuum, be sure to not use one with a beater bar which could easily chip a tile. Be sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies and remove as much dry soil as possible.
After dry soil removal, we can turn to the floor itself. Use your favorite floor cleaner and mix it up in a bucket. Dip your mop into the solution and apply it to the floor. Allow the solution to dwell for a moment and then mop it back up. Follow your cleaning with a clear water rinse to remove residue that could contribute to rapid re soiling of your floor.
In most cases, this is all that you will have to do to clean your ceramic tile floor. From time to time, you will also have to clean the grout lines. To do this, purchase a grout cleaning brush from your local home improvement store. The brush will fit onto a regular broom stick and should only cost a few dollars. Now apply your mop solution to the floor and then agitate the grout lines with your brush. Allow the solution to dwell a few moments and then rinse it up like normal.
Quick Bathroom Tile Cleaning Tips
- Never use products with wax. Never use a floor cleaner with wax added to it to clean a ceramic tile floor. The wax will penetrate the grout lines and it will be very difficult to remove it.
- Use vinegar to clean difficult grout lines. Mix a solution of white distilled vinegar and water to clean grout lines that do not brighten up after a regular cleaning with your normal cleaner.
- Grout takes a long time to dry. After cleaning your grout, it might take up to 24 hours for the grout lines to fully lighten.