Spring Cleaning your Bathroom TilesLee Johnson
Although we’re still technically in winter, there are already signs of spring appearing all around us; from the little snowdrops and bluebells lining the pavements, to the gradually lighter evenings and mornings – spring is definitely on its way!
There’s no better time to get a hold on your household chores than the spring – everyone goes spring cleaning mad, and giving your home a thorough clean even once a year can make a world of difference. As tile specialists, we love seeing clean, sparkling bathroom tiles and spring is the perfect time to get scrubbing!
Start with the Grout
We often find that the grouting between tiles is one of the main pain points that many homeowners have when it comes to their bathroom tiles. Grouting can collect mould and shower products, often leaving behind an unsightly black substance.
While there are grout cleaners out there, it’s not just what you use, it’s how you clean it that can affect how well you can clean your tile grout. Our favourite method is as follows:
- Use a damp cloth or mop to clear away any dust or loose dirt from the tile and the grouting.
- Apply your grout cleaner to the grout, making sure that you cover all of the grout. This should be left for as long as the packaging says to allow the product to work effectively.
- Using a hard bristled brush (or an old toothbrush), the solution should be scrubbed well to break up any stubborn mould or stains.
- Finally, rinse the tiles to reveal clean, bright grout! If there’s still stubborn stains, repeat the steps as necessary.
Clean the Tiles
Many people think that they need a bleach-based product to effectively clean their tiles, but there are natural options available, which aren’t as dangerous as bleach but can still achieve the same results. They provide a great alternative cleaner for homes which have young children, as there won’t be any need to store bleach in the home.
For lighter cleaning jobs, such as a regular clean, baking soda can provide great results. Having a gentle, abrasive nature, the baking soda can be used to clean both tiles and grouting using a damp sponge. Remember to rinse afterwards to make sure that all the baking soda has been washed away!
Surprisingly, lemon juice is also used in the bathroom to help get rid of stubborn stains. As it is naturally acidic, it helps get rid of bacteria, too – meaning your tiles will stay cleaner for longer! Similarly, vinegar can be used, as well! Mix either lemon juice or distilled white vinegar in equal parts with water and use a spray bottle to evenly distribute it over the tiles. This can be used daily to help prevent mildew.
Taking care of your tiles is something that all homeowners should consider – after all, they are an investment for your home. If properly taken care of, tiles can last a lifetime!
If you’d like to find out more about our tiling products, please don’t hesitate to contact our experts today – we’ll be delighted to help.