Many homeowners are choosing glass and ceramic tile in their bathrooms. Once you choose the size and type of tile that you want, you have to choose a grout color. After your bathroom renovation is complete, it is incumbent on you to keep your tile and grout sparkling clean.
For routine cleaning, you can use a daily shower cleaner, or a product such as Windex or an baking soda or vinegar and water combination. Grout in a bathroom will get grimy from dirt, mold and mildew. By cleaning it frequently, you will not have to use much elbow grease. When cleaning grout, start with mild cleaners and move to more abrasive cleaners as needed. A good way to clean tile is by using a small stiff brush which can get into the small spaces between the tiles. Use circular motions to get the grout clean.
Another way to clean tile is using a steam cleaner. Once the dirt is loosened, you can use a small brush to continue the cleaning process.
If your grout hasn’t come completely clean, try a commercial tile and grout cleaner. These are available wherever home cleaning products are sold. Try to find a cleanser that is pH balanced so that the chemicals in the product won’t erode the grout with continued use. Spray the cleaner on and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Follow the directions on the label of the product to clean effectively.
For heavy duty stains, use even stronger products such as oxygen bleach powder, hydrogen peroxide, or chlorine bleach. These products should be well diluted before use. You can also find heavy duty cleaners at hardware stores.
Grout Cleaning Tips
- Clean your grout with water and let it dry.
- Do not use bleach on colored grout. It will discolor it.
- Use a stiff brush in a circular motion.
- If you are using harsh cleaners, wear gloves.
- Make sure that your room has good ventilation if you are using stronger cleaners.
- Rinse your tiles well after cleaning.
Use a tile sealer to keep your tile clean. Generally you should seal your tile once a year. If you are careful to clean your tile frequently, you will not have a large cleaning job.