Cleaning the bathroom involves cleaning tiles and removing any mould, mildew or soap scum that may have accumulated. Since bathrooms are heavily used and usually remain damp, tiles tend to get dirty very fast.
Here are some simple ways to disinfect and clean bathroom tiles as well as remove mould and mildew from them.
Simple ways to clean bathroom tiles
Disinfect Bathroom Tiles to Remove Germs
The first step to cleaning bathroom tiles is to disinfect them and remove any germs and bacteria that may be lurking. Using a squeegee or a clean sponge and a disinfectant cleaner, spray the tiles and wipe clean. This will remove dust as well as disinfect at the same time.
Removing Mildew and Mould from Bathroom Tiles
Mold and mildew build up on bathroom tiles due to the dampness of the environment. Remove mold and mildew by using a solution of water and bleach mixed in equal proportions and spray it on the affected areas. Leave it to stand for half an hour. Then, either sponge it or scrub it off.
Mould and mildew on ceramic tiles need to be treated differently. Either use commercial mildew removers or according to Melodie Moore in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Household Solutions, make a solution by mixing up 1 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda with a gallon of plain warm water. Wearing rubber gloves, apply the mixture to the tiles with a sponge and rinse with fresh, clean water.
Keeping Bathroom Tiles Free of Soap Scum
Since bathroom tiles experience a great deal of water and soap, soap scum tends to build up. Prevent this build up by waxing the tiles. Simply apply a thin layer of regular car wax to the tiles with a clean rag. Do this after cleaning the tiles. Follow the instructions on the wax container, but use only a thin layer. Wax will keep the tiles clean, shiny and free of any soapy buildup.
Keeping Bathroom Tiles Clean
Here are some more tips to keep bathroom tiles clean and sparkling.
- Always dry the floor after a bath and use an exhaust fan to get rid of any remaining moisture in the air.
- Clean grout between the tiles regularly with a commercial grout cleaner or simple oxygen bleach.
- Leave a window open in the bathroom during the day to allow fresh air in and prevent mildew and mold.
- Ask family members to not walk into the bathroom with muddy or dirty shoes to prevent floors from getting dirty.
- Establish and follow a weekly or monthly cleaning schedule for bathroom tiles to keep them looking new and shiny all the time.
Clean bathroom tiles can really perk up the look of a bathroom. Not just that, clean tiles means a more hygienic bathroom as well. So, do use these tips to remove bacteria, mold and soap scum from the tiles in the bathroom and have sparkling, spruced up bathrooms for family members and guests.