When it comes to shower tiles, simply wiping with a mop isn’t enough. However, scrubbing everything off takes a lot of time and effort, and who wants to spend all their free time cleaning?
The good news is there are easier ways to clean your tiles without too much effort! Just follow this easy guide:
Step 1. Steam clean the tiles
Using the easiest method is always a good place to start. If your shower tiles aren’t too dirty, steam should be enough to clean them up.
Run hot water in the shower for several minutes, then wipe the tiles with a clean microfiber cloth. The heat will loosen up the superficial grime, which—if nothing else—will let you look at the rest of the stains with the attention they require.
Step 2. Use a cleaning solution
Everyone’s showers are different, and their tiles have different needs depending on how dirty they are. So, when steam is not enough, use a cleaning solution. Here are the best options depending on your needs:
For grimy tiles: Vinegar and dish soap
Vinegar’s acidity removes mineral deposits that may form if you have hard water, and dish soap is great for removing grime. So, this combination is excellent for the general cleaning of your tiles.
Fill a spray bottle with equal amounts of vinegar and detergent, spray the tiles, and wait an hour before wiping the solution away.
For stubborn stains: Baking soda paste
A baking soda paste will do the trick when you try to clean stubborn stains on tiles. Besides, everyone has baking soda somewhere in their pantry, so getting a hold of it shouldn’t be too difficult.
Making this DIY cleaner is pretty simple! Mix water and baking soda to form a thick, spreadable paste—start with little water and keep adding until reaching the desired consistency. Then, with the help of a sponge or gloves, spread it on the stained tiles and let it rest for an hour.
Note: For better results, spray the tiles with white vinegar before wiping. The mixture will fizz, so wait until the reaction is over to wipe off the tiles.
For dirty grout: Alkaline grout cleaners
When your tiles aren’t too dirty, and you want to focus on the grout lines, a store-bought alkaline cleaner might be the way to go. These milder cleaners are designed to remove the grime on your grout, tiles, or both!
All you have to do is follow the instructions on their labels to clean with them.
For worst-case scenarios (mold): Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
If it has come to the point where your tiles have started to show mold, you need something more substantial to clean them. However, it doesn’t mean you must resort to harsh chemicals immediately; baking soda and hydrogen peroxide do the trick in most cases.
Start by mixing equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The paste should be thick but spreadable, so you can add more baking soda or hydrogen peroxide as needed. Then, use a sponge or a spatula to apply the paste to the moldy spots.
Finally, let the paste rest for ten minutes before wiping it away. If you still see moldy spots on your grout or tiles, you can repeat the process, but it may be time to get a specialized product.
Step 3. Rinse and dry the tiles
After the time has passed for your chosen solution to work, you need to eliminate the remaining residue. If you have a detachable shower head, you can use it to wash away the residue from your tiles. Another method is to use a wet microfiber cloth to wipe the tiles.
Warning: Some cleaners can be harmful to your skin. So, before you hop in the shower, rinse the tiles thoroughly and let them dry to ensure no cleaning solution remains.
Don’t let grime build up in your shower!
Keeping your shower clean is a regular task, but not everyone has the time or energy to do it regularly. If that’s your case, you can trust No More Dust Maid Services to help! With our deep cleaning or standard cleaning packages, your shower will be sparkly clean without you having to lift a finger.