Nothing beats entering a bathroom that feels as clean as a room designed around hygiene and cleanliness should be. But sometimes creating a truly clean bathroom can feel like a daunting task…and keeping it clean closer to the “impossible” end of the daunting spectrum. Especially bathroom tile and grout. With spring cleaning in the air, though, there are some tips and tricks for how to clean bathroom tiles and keep them clean.
Clean the bathroom a little every day.
This doesn’t mean do a thorough deep-clean of the bathroom on the daily. Instead, it means doing those small, 20-second tasks that will perk up your bathroom’s freshness each day, such as spot-cleaning the mirror or floor tile and wiping off the counters, tile backsplash, and/or sink. Weekly, however, you’ll want to do the following bathroom cleaning tips. But, if you do it each week, you’ll find it gets easier and you get more efficient.
Vacuum the bathroom tile.
Sweeping and mopping is all very well, but sometimes the powerful suction of a vacuum clean is what is needed to remove hair and debris from the bathroom tile, whether it’s on the floor or wall.
Pre-heat the tile.
When possible, turn on the faucet to the hottest water setting possible and fill the bathtub and sink with a couple inches of hot water to heat surrounding areas. Splash some hot water on troublesome spots of tile as well. Let these sit for a few minutes while you clean the mirror or wipe down other surfaces. Then drain the hot water and clean the surrounding tile and area; the increased heat has been known to significantly increase the effectiveness of alkaline cleaners.
Work from top to bottom.
If your bathroom has tile as a tub surround, as a backsplash, and on the floor, you’re going to want to clean from the top down. Spray the antibacterial cleaner all over, then do your scrubbing from the top down. This increases the efficiency of your cleaning session, as you don’t have cleaner and grime running down or dropping onto your already-cleaned areas.
Spread the cleaner evenly.
When you are working on cleaning tile, you’re going to want to spread the bathroom tile cleaner (including DIY natural tile or grout cleaner) around evenly across the tile and grout. You can do this most effectively with a sponge or soft cloth.
Most bathroom tile cleaners (and other cleaners) work best when they have a few minutes to sit and fight the grime on the tile itself. Resist the urge to start swiping the cleaner away right after you spray it and spread it around. Let it sit there for about five minutes to really activate the cleaning capacity.
Scrub the surfaces.
Once your bathroom tile cleaner has sat for about five minutes, it’s time to scrub it clean. Tile surfaces range in hardness, but grout tends to be more porous, so be sure to use a non-abrasive scrubbing tool, such as a softer scrub brush or non-scratch pad. You can also look into using natural ingredients to clean grout, if going green in cleaning is your jam.
Try Magic Eraser.
If you really want to learn how to clean bathroom tiles, we recommend giving Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser a try on your stubborn tile and porcelain surfaces. This is less effective on grout, but it works great on the smoother surfaces of tiles.
Rinse all cleaners.
You don’t want all of your hard cleaning work to be un-done by leaving chemicals on the surfaces of your bathroom tile, so be sure to rinse them thoroughly after cleaning.
Dry all surfaces.
Particularly on the floor, where a wet floor means a major safety hazard, you’ll want to be sure to dry all surfaces thoroughly. Consider using color-coded dry rags (e.g., red cloths for the floor, yellow for the toilet, and blue for the sink) to avoid cross-contamination of potentially residual surface germs.
Enjoy your clean bathroom, now hopefully more than just once a week!