How to keep your bathroom tiles looking pristine
Don’t you just hate cleaning your bathroom tiles? If you’re like the majority of homeowners across Ireland, the answer to this question will be a definite yes. There are many reasons as to why this is so, but a huge part of why we hate this chore so much is because it’s so difficult to get them looking clean and it’s near impossible to keep them looking pristine.
Sound familiar? If so, don’t despair, as the following are some easy ways to get your tiles back sparkling again:
Create a Cleaning Routine and Keep to it
If you want to keep your bathroom tiles in tip-top shape, the most important thing to do is to formulate a cleaning strategy that’s effective and practice it regularly. And while doing it once a week is sufficient, we recommend that it be done more often. Doing so will not only make sure that your bathroom looks cleaner, it will also help to avoid the build up of soap scum or lime scale over a long period of time.
Use the Right Cleaner
When it comes to choosing a cleaning agent for the job at hand, you have two options available; you can either purchase a cleaning spray from your local supermarket or you can choose to make your own cleaning detergent at home. While the first option is obviously the more convenient of the two, we recommend the latter as it will save you money, space and most importantly, it is much more environmentally friendly and better for your health than harsh chemical cleaners.
To make your own cleaning formula at home, you can use vinegar directly, or dilute it one-to-one with water. For harsher stains and for grouting, you can mix vinegar (half a cup) with baking soda (a quarter of a cup) and use this paste to give your tiles a good scrub.
For really tough cases of mould, simply use some bleach, a toothbrush and some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Use the Right Utensils
Given the fact that the surface of tiles can be quite delicate, it’s essential that the right cleaning utensils are used during the cleaning process. Avoid the use of utensils that have sharp edges as these will increase the chance of your tiles becoming scraped and damaged. Instead, we recommend using soft sponges and brushes and again, some good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Don’t Forget to Rinse
Regardless of which cleaning agent and utensils that you choose to use, it’s essential that you rinse the entire surface area of the tiles with warm water and dry it with a clean, dry cloth. If you skip this process and choose to let them air dry instead, you can expect nothing more than grimy looking tiles that look unattractive and uncared for.
Tiles can make the perfect addition to your bathroom and when they’re first installed, they can really transform the area from old and grubby to new and shiny. But, as you’ll have gathered by now, there is some work involved if you want to keep them looking this way. We hope that the above guide will help you to prolong the life of your bathroom tiles and keep them looking as pristine as they were on the day that they were first installed.