Cleaning your bathroom can be a nightmare if you do not do it regularly. Floor and wall tiles are of particular concern when it comes to cleaning the bathroom. Here are some easy ways to clean your bathroom and particularly tiles.
I have organized this article into 3 parts:
- Daily cleaning
- DIY deep cleaning of bathroom tiles
- How to clean tile grout
- Sweep and mop your bathroom floor daily. You could mix detergent or a disinfectant in the water that is used for mopping the floor. Make sure the cloth you use to mop the floor is clean and remember to wash it after you are done.
- In case there is an army of ants running around the floor, add a table spoon of salt in the mop water.
- If you are cleaning the floor after a few days, use warm water for mopping.
- For best results, run a dry mop over the mopped floor. This keeps your floor looking shiny, smooth and prevents fresh dirt from settling on it.
- Clean up spills immediately. Don’t let them turn into stains.
DIY deep cleaning of tiles
You might not have bothered cleaning your kitchen or bathroom tiles for a while, so it might be a bit difficult to start, What with all those stains that look impossible to get rid of? But do not panic. I have written this blog post so that you know that it is not that difficult. So let us get started, shall we?
If you did not know already, there are several ways to clean bathroom tiles using inexpensive and common household items. Here are some methods that really work.
Mix 2 cups of vinegar and 2 cups of water and put this solution in a clean spray bottle. Spray it on the tiles and clean using microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth is better at absorbing dirt than normal cleaning cloth and does not scratch the surface as well.
Here is a video from the essortment Youtube channel in which this method is demonstrated.
Using baking soda one can easily get rid of stains on tiles. Make a thick paste of baking soda powder with water and apply it on the stain. Let it stand for 10-15 min so that it dries out and then wipe it off with a wet sponge or a damp cloth. If the stain is stubborn, scrub it with an old toothbrush.
Bleach or Ammonia
If you see bacteria, fungi, mildew or a mold on your tiles, this treatment will help you get rid of it. Mix equal proportions of bleach (ammonia) and water. Spray the solution on the affected area and in circular motion, brush off the mildew. Rinse tiles with hot water to kill mildew or bacteria completely. Now, wipe with a dry sponge or a cloth.
WARNING: Ammonia is toxic! Put on a pair of rubber gloves before using ammonia or strong bleach. Also, make sure you keep the windows open so that the strong ammonia vapors escape easily.
Cleaning Tile Grout
Tile grout is the space between two tiles, the line that joins two tiles with each other. Cleaning tile grout is really tough; the gap attracts dirt which keeps accumulating.
Before you begin cleaning tile grout, sweep and mop the tiles top remove any dirt on them.
Spray some vinegar, water mixture (two cup white vinegar mixed with two cups of water) on the tile grout. Use an old toothbrush to clean the dirt and wipe the greasy, dirty residue with a sponge or with microfiber cloth.
NOTE: While cleaning the wall tiles, move in up-to-down direction.
Using Baking Soda
You can use a paste of baking powder and water as we have already discussed. However, you might want to use something that is stronger than plain baking soda; make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Let the paste settle on the grout for 5-10 minutes and then, using a toothbrush, scrub, till the dirt starts coming out. If it doesn’t produce desired results, repeat the process.
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