With the right methods and products, bathroom and kitchen tiles are very quick to clean – giving you more time to spend on yourself. This article provides three techniques and cleaning solutions to employ to make the task go smoothly, with a step-by-step guide for each.
Tile and Grout Cleaning
It’s important to keep tiling in your bathroom and kitchen clean for hygienic as well as aesthetic reasons. Tile grout is porous. This means that not only does it stain easily, particularly if it’s white or pale coloured, but it also absorbs moisture from the atmosphere, collecting stains from skin oils, dust and dirt in the atmosphere and encouraging mould and mildew to form. In fact, whatever cleaning method you decide to use when cleaning bathroom tiles, it’s a good idea to run the shower as hot as possible for five minutes beforehand, as this encourages the grout pores to open and release the tightly-held dirt and mould spores.
How to Clean Tiles
There are plenty of specialist tile cleaning products available. Some contain mould and mildew inhibitors to help reduce mould build-up, enabling you to spend even less time worrying about tile cleaning. Just remember to keep the room well ventilated, wear gloves, and always follow the instructions on the label of your chosen cleaning product.
Tile and Grout Cleaning using a Commercial Tile Cleaning Product:
You will need:
- Tile cleaner
- Hard-bristled cleaning brush or old toothbrush
- Clean dry cloth
- Old towel to dry afterwards
- Wipe area to be cleaned with a dry cloth to remove any accumulated dust or surface dirt.
- Apply product, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, ensure the area where you’re working is well ventilated, and wear gloves to protect your hands. If you’re not sure whether your cleaner is suitable for your tiles, do a test on a small, unnoticeable area first.
- If necessary, leave product for 30 minutes to dissolve persistent stains.
- Scrub the area with an old toothbrush or dedicated grout cleaning brush to lift off the dirt and mildew.
- Rinse clean.
- Dry area with an old towel.
For areas continually exposed to warm damp conditions, you may need to repeat this process regularly for optimum results.