There are many ways you can approach cleaning your shower tiles yourself, and while we’ll explore some great options in this blog, it’s important to understand this is great for day to day maintenance. In order to ensure your tiles last for years, you should also schedule professional tile cleanings annually to really deep clean your shower tiles.
Here’s the best way to clean your shower tiles.
Soak Your Shower Tiles
Cleaning your shower tiles will be more manageable if your tiles are already soaked in hot water. You can do this by letting the hot water run for 10-15 minutes ensuring the tiles get nice and wet. This causes the pores in the tiles to become primed for cleaning, and this means the dirt and shower scum will come off a bit easier.
If the grout is dirty this may not help, and you may need to explore professional cleaning or color sealing your grout.
Clean with Vinegar And Baking Soda
One of the best ways to really deep clean your tiles is with a combination of vinegar and baking soda as opposed to traditional shower cleaners. To be the most effective you’ll want to add vinegar into a spray bottle, soak your tiles, and let it sit for 30 minutes. The vinegar will help target the soap scum and typically gets better results than simply using hot water alone.
You can also use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to remove dirt from the grout. If the tile and grout is particularly dirty you can make a paste out of equal parts of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to small portions of tile and scrub with a brush. You can also spray a little vinegar over the baking soda paste to help remove deeper grout stains.
Once the process is complete and your tiles are clean, let the shower run for a bit and rinse the tiles thoroughly to ensure there is no chance of mildew forming in the crevices.
If you find none of these steps effectively remove the stains on your tile or grout, it’s time to call in a professional for a professional tile and grout cleaning.