It’s no secret that tiles are the only option when it comes to tiling a bathroom – and with thousands of stylish tile designs to choose from – they’re also a great option. However, if you’re using light coloured tiles, and you haven’t used an anti-mould grout, after a few years, you may begin to see some discolouration, where grime and dirt is starting to build up on the tiles. This will be especially noticeable in the grout-lines.
At Walls and Floors, we want you to be able to #UnlockYourDreamHome – we want you to love every room in your house. From the kitchen and dining area, through to the living room and bedroom, right through to the bathroom. That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to clean your bathroom tiles! If you’re not in a position where you want to strip those dated tiles out, and replace them with the latest bathroom trends, we at least want you to be able to make the tiles nice and clean, so they look like new!
1) Run your shower on a hot temperature. The steam with help to open up the pores of the ceramic.
2) Put on a pair of rubber gloves to help protect your hands, and open the windows, to make sure your bathroom is well ventilated.
How To Make Your Own DIY Tile Cleaning Solution
You will need: vinegar, baking soda, water, spray bottle, microfibre cloth.
1) Get yourself an old, empty spray bottle.
2) Add vinegar.
3) Add baking soda.
4) Dilute with water.
The vinegar will help fight the grease, whilst the baking soda in the mixture scours the surface, and it helps to get rid of any nasty lingering odours. The water thins the mixture down, to make it easier to spray onto your tiles.
How to use this solution:
After you’ve followed the preparation steps above, squirt the mixture onto the affected tiled area. Leave it to soak in for a minute. This gives the mixture enough time to start to break down the build up of grease and grime. Work the mixture into the grout lines using a toothbrush. Use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe the tiles clean, and then buff to a polish.
A More Powerful Home-Made Tile Cleaning Formula
For something a little more powerful than the vinegar and baking soda combo, try this recipe. When handling bleach, make sure you wear your rubber gloves at all times. Make sure the area you’re working in is well ventilated, as bleach produces some very nasty gases. You may even like to wear a mask, to protect yourself further. Leave the room to ventilate for some time after applying this formula, to allow for the fumes to disperse.
You will need: ordinary bathroom bleach, bicarbonate of soda, mixing stick, two cloths.
1) Take a clean bucket or a plastic container.
2) Pour some bleach into it.
3) Add in some bicarbonate soda.
4) Stir with your mixing stick until you have a paste.
As we all know, bleach is a fantastic disinfectant. It will help to kill any bacteria lurking in the tile grime. It will also help to whiten the tiles back to their original colour – giving your bathroom wall a fresh lease of life. Adding in the bicarbonate soda helps to thicken the bleach to a consistency where it can cling to the wall and work its charm, rather than running down it.
How to use this solution:
Apply the paste the the tiles and grout-lines using one of the cloths. Leave it to soak in for an hour. Again, use an unwanted toothbrush to work the paste into the grout-lines. After an hour has passed, use the remaining cloth to wipe the tiles free.
Thinking Ahead: Replacing Tile Grout
The grout-lines tend to be where a lot of mould accumulates, over time – and there’s nothing more unsightly than a set of black grout-lines; ruining your perfectly tiled bathroom wall. The methods above are great for getting them back to their former colour. However, the process may need to be repeated. That’s why at Walls and Floors, we suggest our customers use an anti-mould grout, from day one. We have a selection of affordable anti-mould tile grouts in various different colours. They contain repellents to stop various types of mould and bacteria from developing.
How to Replace Tile Grout
Firstly, carefully scrape out the old grout with a screwdriver or awl; being careful not to damage your existing tiles, and they’re held in place by the adhesive. Secondly, to apply the new grout, watch this quick How To Grout A Wall vid.