Ceramic tile has been in vogue for ages.
Its classy appearance, phenomenal beauty, ease of maintenance makes it a great flooring option for bathroom, kitchen, and hallway.
Although these tiles are durable and easy to maintain, they still require proper care to keep them in top shape for years of heavy use, especially if they are installed in the bathroom.
Whether the ceramic tile in your bathroom has a shiny or matte surface, when they take the beating of soap scum, hard water deposits, or the buildup of mold or mildew, your bathroom looks dirty and untidy.
Here are some tips to enhance the life and gloss of your bathroom ceramic tile floor.
(NOTE: Make sure to sweep the floor to remove superficial debris before using any of the cleaning methods given below.)
Cleaning it With Washing Soda:
Washing soda can remove soap scum and hard water buildups from your ceramic tiles.
All you need to mix ½ cup of washing soda with 1 cup hot water and 2 tbsp. of rottenstone (powdered rock abrasive used in woodworking). Submerge a sponge with an abrasive side in the mixture and scrub the tiles. Rinse with cold water. However, make sure to test the abrasive pad on the tile first to make sure it doesn’t cause scratches.
Removing Tough Stains or Mildew:
Stains or mildew overshadow the beauty of your ceramic tile floor.
Luckily, it is quite simple to get rid of them. Take a bucket filled with warm water. Put some drops of dish soap in the water. Dip a brush in the solution and scrub the stains. Make sure to dry your floor with clean towels.
Disinfecting Your Ceramic Tile Floor:
Many harmful bacteria and germs thrive in the cool and dark places across your bathroom, including the floors.
Therefore, disinfect your bathroom floor from time to time.
Or you can make one at home by mixing 2 tbsp. tea tree oil with two cups of water.
Transfer the solution to a spray bottle. Shake the mixture and spray it on the tiles. Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial properties, keeping bacteria at bay. Alternatively, you can mix ½ cup hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water. Or if you don’t have these supplies at home, you can spray white vinegar. Make sure to clean the tiles after the hydrogen peroxide mixture or vinegar has dried on the floor tiles.
Taking Care of Your Grout:
Grouts fill the gaps between your ceramic tiles, but apart from being functional, it creates the frame to showcase the splendor of the tile. However, grouts trap mold, mildew, and dirt over time due to their slight depression around the tiles. Shiny and clean grouts make your floor look new again. Therefore, you should also remember them while cleaning the floor.
Here are some tips for cleaning your grouts.
- Apply your commercial grout and tile cleaner to the dirty area of the grout. Use a sponge or microfiber cloths to rinse and wipe each area.
- For tough stains, use 2 tbsp. of oxygenated bleach into 2 cups of warm water. Pour the solution over the stained grout lines. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Afterward, scrub and rinse until the entire cleaner is removed.
- A portable steam cleaner can be used to remove the worst of stains.
Once you’re done with grout cleaning, spray it with a vinegar and water solution to prevent new stains from sitting in.
(Caution: Don’t use acidic cleaners as they affect the grout. Avoid using oil-based cleaners as they attract dirt.)
Using a Club Soda for Soft Sheen:
After using the abovementioned cleaning tips, you can increase the shine of your tiles by using a club soda. Just pour the club soda into a bucket and wipe down the floor with it. Club soda polishes your tiles to create a shiny finish. Avoid rinsing it. Club soda can also be used to clean the walls, countertops, or other ceramic tile parts.
Hope these tips would help you make your ceramic bathroom floor look new.
Good thing is that all these tips are easy and won’t take an entire afternoon, especially if you have the right supplies in the place. After cleaning, make sure to let your bathroom floor dry before walking on it.
Keep in mind that your ceramic floor will look new for years and last a lifetime with proper maintenance. However, if you are not sure which cleaning method or product is safe for your ceramic floor if you are not able to get rid of toughest stains, or if you don’t have time to clean the floors, you can call a professional bathroom cleaning company to get the job done.
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