The Best Way to Clean Bathroom Tile
Make your tile and grout shine again. Here's how.
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An hour or less
IntroductionHere are some tips, tools, products and homemade remedies to restore your stained tile and grout lines.
- Grout cleaning brush
- Rubber gloves
- Soft-bristle brush
- Spray Bottle
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Tile & grout cleaner
- White vinegar
Project step-by-step (3)
Before You Start
- Clear the area of anything in the way of your tile.
- Gather all the products and tools you need to do the job.
- If you happen to be hypersensitive to cleaning product chemicals and fumes, you may have just what you need under your sink or in the pantry. White vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are great alternatives to harsh cleaning products.
- Mix a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle for cleaning your tile.
- Make a scouring paste from baking soda and water for cleaning your grout.
- Pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the grout and scrub it with a brush, or substitute it for the water when making the baking soda paste.
Time to Clean
- It’s a good practice to work on one three-foot section at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Thoroughly clean and rinse the area then move on to the next section.
- Spray or sponge the cleaner of your choice onto the tile surface and let it stand for two to five minutes.
- Scrub the tiles with a cleaning brush, concentrating on the grout lines surrounding each tile. If the tiles are small, you can clean several at a time. If your tiles are larger than 12-in. x 12-in., concentrate on one or two. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and repeat as needed before moving on to the next area.
- You can purchase cleaners specific for tile and grout online or at your home improvement store.