Taking a shower doesn’t mean cleaning the shower! On the contrary, after you take a shower, soap scum and grime might build up in the tile and grout lines! However, you don’t need to worry! You can remove the grime from your shower by following some simple steps!
Learn here the best way to clean your shower tiles!
How to clean shower tiles
Cleaning a shower is more about elbow grease than the cleaning product you use. However, finding the right tools and cleaners for the job can make a difference!
Here are the basic tools you need:
- Grout brush (or a stiff toothbrush)
- Tile and grout cleaner
- An absorbent towel
- Baking soda (for tough stains only)
- Hydrogen peroxide (for tough stains only)
Can you clean the shower tile with vinegar?
A green and non-toxic choice to clean tile and grout is vinegar! Most grime in a bathroom is made of mineral deposits—like soap scum and water stains. Since acetic acid (vinegar’s main component) dissolves and removes mineral buildup, it’s an excellent cleaner for the chore!
You should avoid vinegar in some situations! For example, vinegar could discolor and even etch stone tile. Also, it could damage unsealed grout in the long run. If you are in doubt, use a trusted cleaning product for your type of tile!
Step 1. Let the hot water run for about 5 minutes
The easiest way to pretreat the grime in your shower tile is with steam. Close the door or curtain to let the steam build up inside the shower!
Step 2. Spray your cleaner and scrub
A 50/50 white vinegar and warm water solution is enough to remove most stains. If you are using another cleaner, you don’t need to worry! Most tile cleaners work similarly:
- Spray the cleaner on the tile, focusing on the grout and stains!
- Then, scrub those areas with your brush until the stains disappear.
Step 3. Tackle tough stains with a baking soda paste
Baking soda can break down grime too! If you are struggling with a tough stain, make a cleaning paste by mixing three parts baking soda and one part water. You can add one part hydrogen peroxide for more cleaning power.
Spread the paste on the stained areas with a rubber glove and leave it to dry!
Step 4. Rinse the residue and remove excess moisture with a clean towel
Considering that showers are constantly wet, rinsing and drying the shower tile may seem unimportant. However, this step is a crucial part of cleaning your shower tile and grout! Otherwise, residue will start to build up again.
To finish with the chore, rinse the shower thoroughly with plain water. Then, dry it with an absorbent towel. Let the exhaust fan run or leave the door slightly open for 15 minutes to make sure the bathroom dries completely!
Prevent dirty shower tile by rinsing and drying after each use!
When minerals in tap water and soap interact, they form soap scum. This chemical byproduct can be hard to remove when it builds up on your shower tiles! However, if you remove it before it solidifies, it will be a walk in the park!
And don’t forget to let your bathroom dry! The chances of mold and mildew growing in your grout will drop significantly!
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