The tile in your bathroom probably isn’t your first concern when it comes to cleaning. You likely focus on the items that get used most and collect germs, like the toilet, the sink, and the shower and/or bathtub. But your tile needs a little TLC, as well, unless you want it to become coated with soap scum, calcium, lime, rust, mold, mildew, and other unpleasant substances that can cause it to look grimy, scaly, or worse. As it turns out, keeping your tile clean and well-maintained doesn’t have to entail hard labor. You can leave the tedious scrubbing behind when you follow a few simple guidelines designed to make this tiresome task a lot easier and less time-consuming.
If your bathroom tile is natural stone, there’s no getting around the fact that you have to treat it with special care, using specific (and often pricy) cleaning products. But those who have ceramic or porcelain tile need not be so finicky. There are plenty of solvents that will target problems you might face when it comes to your bathroom tile. Some are designed to address common issues like soap scum build-up, while others treat mold and mildew, or alternately, water residue leftovers like calcium, lime, and rust stains. Or you can find products that claim to clean all of the above.
Choosing the right cleaning solvents for the job can definitely make a difference in the amount of elbow grease you need to complete your task. And along these lines you may also want to follow up a major cleaning with a spray that will prevent future build-up, provided you spritz it on bathroom tiles after every shower. That said, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort by simply getting on a regular cleaning schedule. Instead of waiting until your tiles are covered with scaly soap scum or patchy mold and mildew, plan to clean tiles weekly. When you’re on a regular schedule with cleaning, a spray and wipe will generally do the trick to maintain beautiful, clean tile. Wait for months and you’re looking at a much harder job.
Of course, tile requires more than cleaning to remain ship shape. Over time, the grout and caulking that hold your tiles in place and make the seams waterproof can start to crack, peel, or deteriorate. You need to keep an eye on this if you don’t want to experience a leak. Caulking is relatively easy to replace – just make sure you use 100% silicone caulking (since products with acrylic can dry and crack). As for grout, this is a bit more difficult to replace. If your grout is cracking and flaking, you might want to call in your handyman or a tile expert to fix it.
And when tiles themselves are damaged, head to an outlet like Tiles Direct for replacements. Water can leak through cracked or chipped tiles just as easily as damaged caulk or grout. There’s a lot the average homeowner can to do keep bathroom tile clean and maintained. But if you’re having trouble, don’t be afraid to call the appropriate professionals to ensure that your tile stays in good condition.