The clean bathroom especially those meant for common use are something everyone looks up to, but cleaning them is one daunting task that one would want to be spared from. Bathroom tiles are the clue to decode how old and maintained the bathroom is and therefore how to clean bathroom tiles is a must piece of information for all.
Most people are very particular about the cleanliness and general maintenance of the bathroom, but no matter how hard one tries, the dirt and soap scum is back on the tiles within a short period of the last cleaning. This is not only untidy for the eyes but also a frustrating experience.
However, this should not be the reason for discouragement. Even if it requires repeated attempts, the bathroom tiles need to be cleaned, because they are crucial in the overall house maintenance effort. With some tips, this could turn out not so boring and frustrating as it would seem.
How To Clean Bathroom Tiles
In this article, we will focus on how to clean bathroom tiles using natural and easily available home products.
The branded cleaners available in the nearest store may be an easy choice with the quick manner in which it works, but in the long run, they end up causing more wear and tear of the bathroom tiles and also the steel and other metal fixtures in the bathroom due to presence of concentric acid.
It may also cause rashes and itching to the skin.
Begin with the list of items one would need:
As a cleaning agent, we would need vinegar, baking soda and a little of natural salt. An empty hand spray bottle, plastic or non-metallic bowl for mixture, for wiping purpose we would need a sponge, a toothbrush, a clean cotton cloth.
Keep in mind to avoid using rough bristled brushes or any scrubber as we do not want to harm the tiles or peel of the grouter.
Get your weapons loaded
No I am not talking about PUBG here but preparing the solution required for cleaning. First, cover your mouth and nose with a safety mask, put on some rubber gloves and ensure to wear a pair of slippers that will ensure you don’t slip in the bathroom and are stable.
Next, in a non-metallic container (bowl) add 200ml of vinegar, add to it three tablespoons of baking soda. CAUTION: the mixture may splatter and make a hissing sound, maintain distance and let the baking soda get diluted into vinegar.
This will take a few minutes. Until then, fill your hand-spray bottle with clean water and vinegar in the ratio 2:1. That is, for 200 ml of water, add 100 ml of vinegar.
Time for the first attack
Spray the vinegar and water mixture all over the tiles that you intend to clean. Be more generous with the vinegar spray as vinegar is an acid that will help go deeper in the most stubborn soap scum and oil/grease stains.
Allow it to stay on the surface for 15-20 minutes, post the time period, soak the sponge completely in the vinegar-baking soda mixture and use this sponge to gently rub over the wall tiles. While few strains could be thicker, do not sweat it out too much. This is just the beginning.
Halt, relax, re-strategize and attack
Our first round of cleaning would have cleared off most of the common dust and recently accumulated scum. However, there could be still some more “stubborn opponents” left who refuse to give up easily. Well, it doesn’t matter, the tougher the battle, the sweeter is the joy of winning it.
Now focus on the stains that are left out, even the grouter would now need cleaning. So pick up the next weapon from the arsenal, Glock-17 it is, I mean, the toothbrush!
Dip the toothbrush in the vinegar-baking soda mixture and smoothly rub it over the stubborn stains and the grouter as well. Take care that the bristles are soft, lest they harm the grouter.
Change the formation
With the wall tiles are done, moving on to the floor tiles. Spread the vinegar-water mixture on the floor evenly; observe the same procedure of allowing it to set. Here the sponge may be less helpful due to convenience issues, so you can use your regular floor mopping stick for the purpose.
You can alternatively also use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Use a short handle brush to clean the tiles that are below the washbasin and the ones that are concealed behind the commode as well the wall beside it, in case the commode is placed at one corner of the bathroom.
The above steps would definitely ensure that the bathroom tiles are now clean. The next step is also part of the strategy and will help keep the enemies (read bacteria and scum) away for a longer period of time.
Yes as the saying goes “prevention is better than cure”, it is of foremost importance to take some additional measures in order to be sure that the bathroom tiles are going to be clean for a good amount of days, as a perk, this could also make you the most sought after advisor for those others who are looking for tips on how to clean the bathroom tiles.
Since the soap/shampoo scum is alkaline, using a mild acidic coating over the bathroom tiles can keep the bathroom tiles safe from scum for a longer time. For this there are two options, first, you can use baby oil as that will give a shiny finish and same time protect the tiles. Or the second option is to use lemon furniture oil, lemon can be also used but it may leave out patches of stain or trails behind.
Using lemon oil can be a plus due to its refreshing fragrance; it gives a pleasant feeling every time you step inside the bathroom. And if the bathroom is common for all, this will make a comfortable experience for all.
So now that you are “armed” with this knowledge, go ahead and explore more, try out some more fun variations on how to clean the bathroom tiles and add it to your arsenal, as we will also Endeavour to come out with new ideas soon. Till then say goodbye to the scum.