Cleaning bathroom tiles is one of those jobs that gets put off and then – boom! There’s mildew and weird orange stuff in the grout and smears on the tile face.
There nothing for it – it’s time to deep clean!
Here’s how to get those tired, dirty bathroom tiles shiny again.
How to Clean Bathroom Tiles
Step 1. The grouting
Grouting is the white area between your tiles. It’s the first bit to look grubby and sprout mould. Start there first.
Grab a toothbrush and a shop-bought cream cleaner or make up a paste of baking soda and white vinegar.
Baking soda and vinegar is an effective time-tested recipe but make sure you open the windows first as the vinegar can get a bit overwhelming.
- Pop on washing up gloves
- Scoop your chosen cleanser onto the toothbrush and scrub it onto the grout.
- Leave it for 30 minutes to cut through the grease, dirt, and mould.
- Use the toothbrush to rub away the paste
- Rinse with cold water.
Your grout will appear clean and fresh as if by magic, but if you have a heavy growth of mould repeat the process.
Sometimes grout comes up beautifully clean, but you’ll find it’s faded to yellow or grey over the years.
If this is the case buy an inexpensive grouting pen. These are used to paint over old grout and bring it back to fresh white – unless you prefer to choose a black grouting pen? The choice is yours!
Step 2 – The tile face
Now the grouting is sparkling clean your bathroom will look a million times better, but you still need to clean the tiles themselves.
Choose a gentle commercial tile cleanser with limescale remover or use some more white vinegar and baking soda mix.
If you have plain tiles a scouring pad works well but it may scratch patterned tiles. Stick to a microfibre cloth if you have patterns.
Thank goodness that tile surfaces don’t need the elbow grease dirty grouting requires! Just a consistent circular motion will remove most limescale marks, but if they are persistent leave the cleanser on for a few minutes.
Finally, rinse everything down with warm water and polish dry with a microfibre towel. Drying the tiles stops water streaks ruining all your hard work.
If you have any left-over baking soda and vinegar mix give the toilet bowl a good scrub too.
Now go and have a cup of tea. You deserve it.
Make Cleaning Bathroom Tiles A Regular Job
The best way to avoid deep cleaning your bathroom tiles is to clean them once a week and attack any mould patches in the grouting when they appear.
Yes, it’s boring but little and often means they’ll stay shiny and clean without any major effort on your part.