How to Clean Ceramic Tile Showers With Buffers

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When it comes to cleaning your tile showers, a floor buffer may be the best tool to use. It allows you to cover more surface area at once, cutting down on your cleaning time. The buffer will not only clean the tiles, but the grout in between is easily cleaned and lightened as well. Buffers range in size, so you can choose the size that is easiest for you to handle and an appropriate size for your shower.

Things You'll Need

  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Terrycloth
  • Baking soda
  • Borax
  • Warm water
  • Floor buffer
  • Buffer pads
  • Abrasive pads
  • Soft brush
  • Clean the tiled floor with a combination of ammonia and water, using the mop and bucket. Only a small amount of ammonia is needed, since it can be corrosive if used in excess, and it is highly potent. Use only half a cup of ammonia with a gallon of water. Allow the floor to dry completely on its own, or wipe it down with terrycloth on soaked areas.

  • Combine two cups of baking soda, a cup of borax and a cup of warm water. Pour them into the solution compartment in the floor buffer.

  • Place a buffer pad underneath, where it will meet the floor. The buffer pads come in 15-inch and 17-inch sizes, depending on the size of the buffer you have chosen. Use the abrasive pads for unpolished tiles. Abrasive pads will take the finish off of polished tiles.

  • Plug the buffer in, and turn it onto the lowest speed. Make sure you have a good grip on it so it does not escape your hands. It will start spinning quickly, so you need to keep control of it.

    The buffing will gently scrub the tiles in a circular motion, causing it to lift up particles stuck on the tiles, and shining the tiles in the process. Small nicks and scratches can also be removed since the buffer removes a minuscule layer of tile, evening out the surface.

  • Turn the buffer off, and manually scrub the solution into the grout and into the corners. This will remove additional dirt that is built up between the tiles, and will also whiten your grout and remove discoloration. It will be difficult to get the small round buffer into the corners of the shower, so you have no choice but to scrub them by hand.

  • Clean the tile walls as well. This is difficult to do with the buffer, since it is meant to be used on a floor and not sideways on a wall. You can use the same solution on the walls that you used with the buffer. Scrub the walls with an abrasive buffer pad to get the same effect.

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