When built up grime is all over your shower tiles, can you clean them with only natural products? Definitely! No need to bring harsh chemicals! Here you’ll learn how to clean shower tiles using products you might already have in your household!
Learn the best way to clean shower tile (and grout!)
What you need to clean dirty shower tiles
Cleaning shower tiles and grout is more about elbow grease than anything else! The basic cleaning supplies you need to clean a dirty shower are:
- A brush
- A towel
- White vinegar solution
You could use a grout and tile brush or an old toothbrush. However, if you choose the latter, make sure it still has stiff bristles!
If you are looking for a powerful cleaner:
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can make an effective DIY cleaning paste. Usually, you don’t need to use these cleaners. However, here you’ll learn how to clean tile and grout with these two powerful products!
Is vinegar bad for the tile and grout?
Vinegar is often the best choice for cleaning shower tile because it can dissolve mineral deposits—including soap scum and water stains. However, you need to make sure it won’t harm your shower tile before using it!
Never use vinegar on unsealed grout or stone tile! Its acidic nature can stain or even etch the stone. If you have travertine or marble tile, use a specialized cleaner for that material.
How to clean shower tile and grout with vinegar
Once you have gathered the supplies you need, you can start to clean the shower. The time and effort of this task depend entirely on how dirty your shower is! Here are the details so you can leave your tile and grout squeaky clean!
Step 1. Pre-treat the stains!
The first step may sound much harder than it is! What you need to do is simply let hot water run for about 5 minutes. Close the door and windows, so the steam builds up!
Step 2. Clean the tile with vinegar
As mentioned before, vinegar is an effective tile cleaner, but you need to ensure it won’t harm your shower before using it! However, even if you use another tile cleaner, this step is almost the same.
Soak the stained areas with the vinegar solution or the cleaning product you are using. Focus on the grout. Then, scrub away the grime and mineral deposits with your brush.
Step 3. Scrub tough stains with a baking soda paste
If some stains refuse to go, you can use a baking soda paste to remove them! Baking soda breaks down grease, but it also works as a mild scrubber.
Make the paste by mixing three parts baking soda and one part water. If you need more cleaning power, add one part hydrogen peroxide too. Spread the paste directly on the stain with a rubber glove and let it dry completely!
Step 4. Rinse and dry the tile
Many homeowners may think that their work is done after removing the last stain. However, they would be skipping an essential part of the chore. You still need to rinse all the cleaning residue with plain water and dry the tile with a clean cloth!
What you just cleaned is all the built-up residue of cleaning products and hard water from daily showers. If you rinse and dry after each use, dirt and mineral deposits won’t build up as frequently!
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