Your bathroom sees a lot of traffic throughout the day. It is a damp space in your home. And dampness is a breeding ground for mould and fungus. Apart from that, your bathroom also has harmful bacteria and dirt on its floor and wall tiles. Dirt on the tiles can also mar the appearance of the bathroom. The grout between the tiles is another place which attracts maximum dirt and dust. It is important to clean your bathroom tiles regularly to keep them hygienic, germ-free and looking their best. It is especially important when you have kids and elders at home.
Why Bathroom Cleaning Is Important?
Spots or stains on your bathroom tiles bring down the aesthetics of your bathroom. If not cleaned for longer, those spots can attract harmful germs and bacteria. The dirt and dust can later get caked on and become even more difficult to treat. Hence, we suggest you clean it atleast once a week. However, if you have not cleaned it for longer, you need not worry. We understand that it might seem like a daunting task. But we have some easy cleaning methods to help ease your job.
Ingredients to Keep Handy:
c) Spray bottle
d) Scrubbing pad or a sponge
e) Microfiber cloth
f) Cleaning products
Step 1: Spot-Treating Stains
To spot-treat stains in your bathroom, mix ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar. Pour into a spray bottle and spray on the affected area. Scrub with a toothbrush and wash with water. For hard water stains, use salt. Salt acts as a great disinfectant and kills germs too. Make sure the stained area is wet while using salt to clean. Liberally sprinkle some salt on the stained area and allow it to settle for 1 hour. Now scrub away the salt with a scrubber. Most of the stain should be gone. To remove the remaining stain, use the vinegar and water solution.
Step 2: Cleaning Bathroom Wall Tiles
If you are wondering how to clean bathroom tiles, we have an easy method for you. Start by prepping your bathroom wall tiles. Run a hot shower. The vapours from the hot water will loosen the grime on your bathroom tiles. To clean your bathroom wall tiles, mix ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of lemon juice into ½ bucket of warm water. Mix it well and use a sponge to scrub this solution over your wall tiles. Once you have scrubbed the entire surface, allow it to settle for 5 minutes. Then, use a clean sponge dampened in water and wipe clean. For a clean finish, you can use Cif Bathroom Cleaner. It helps clean watermarks and soap sediments thoroughly. Check the pack to understand correct usage instructions.
Once you have cleaned the wall tiles, follow it up with disinfection. Use a suitable disinfectant spray such as Domex Multi-Purpose Disinfectant Spray, which kills germs and leaves behind a pleasant fragrance. Now, cover your tiles with a disinfectant spray. Pre-heating the tiles is even known to increase the effectiveness of bathroom cleaners. Always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first. Don’t forget to read the instructions on the product, and check if it’s recommended for soft and porous surfaces. Scrub the walls with a sponge in a circular motion. Work from top to bottom. Let the disinfectant rest on the bathroom tiles for 5 minutes. Rinse it off with clean water. And wipe the tiles dry using a microfiber cloth to avoid streaking marks on your tiles.
Step 3: Cleaning Bathroom Floor Tiles
Run a vacuum cleaner on the bathroom floor to remove loose dirt and dust. Start from the point farthest away from the bathroom door and slowly move towards it. You must clean the bathroom floor tiles once you’re done with the walls. You can also run the vacuum on the walls. Of course, you can also sweep the floor tiles, but a vacuum will clean the stray hair strands, loose threads in a matter of seconds. Once you’re done, mop the bathroom floor with an effective floor cleaning agent. After cleaning the floor, you can disinfect it using a suitable disinfectant floor cleaner, like a sodium hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which kills germs. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first.
Step 4: Cleaning Grout
Grout is the area in between the tiles. Dirty grout can ruin the appearance of your tiles and can also trap bacteria and germs. So, cleaning it is very important. Grout is porous in nature. It traps moisture and dirt particles. The best way to clean the grout is to spray generous amounts of an effective bathroom cleaning solution on it. Mix 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of water in a bowl. Mix it well and scrub it into the grout. Wait for 15-20 minutes for it to settle. After that, scrub off the cleaner with an old toothbrush. Rinse off with plain water. Dry the tiles using a microfiber cloth.
Step 5: Eliminating the Mould
Mould is a type of fungus that grows in damp conditions. Your bathroom is one of the damp spots in your house. The chances of mould growing here are high. Most of the times, mould is non-toxic, however, it is highly suggested to clean it as soon as you spot it. Otherwise, it can grow manifold in a short span of time. After cleaning your bathroom tiles, it is also important to know how to keep it mould-free. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle. Do not add water. Spray it directly over the mould-infested areas. Let it settle for 1 hour. Then wipe the entire area clean with a cotton cloth.
To prevent the mould from growing, after taking a shower, just wipe the tiles with a dry towel. Do not let moisture seep into grout. It leads to the growth of moulds and mildew. You do not want the unpleasant smell in the bathroom. So, grab a cleaning rag and wipe the tiles dry. This little exercise will cut down the moisture in your bathroom by as much as 50%.
Also, use an exhaust fan. Switch on the fan and leave it on for at least 20 minutes after using your shower.
Step 6: Maintaining Tiles
Replacing bathroom tiles is an expensive alternative. With a little effort, you can maintain the shine and lustre of your bathroom tiles for much longer. Break up the task in smaller chores and spread it over a week. Besides, dirty tiles can lead to the spread of disease-causing germs. So, treat your bathroom tiles with an effective disinfectant like Domex Floor Cleaner at least twice a week. It contains Sodium Hypochlorite as an active ingredient. It kills germs. Use as directed on the pack; test on a small hidden area and rinse to check compatibility first.
For tips on cleaning the rest of your bathroom, you can read this article.
Keep your bathroom well-ventilated to avoid moisture build-up. If your bathroom has windows, keep them open to allow air circulation.
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