How to Clean Ceramic Tile and Grout in a Shower


Harsh cleaning abrasives such as steel wool can easily damage ceramic tiles. If the tiles are glazed, they often resist stains from mold and mildew. Unglazed tiles often become susceptible to stains and need cleaned more regularly. The grout between the tiles often becomes stained because mold and other substances can easily become trapped there. Cleaning ceramic tiles and grout regularly will ensure that the shower remains in good condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish washing detergent
  • Bucket
  • Sponges
  • Old toothbrush
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Washcloths
  • Club soda
  • Soft cloth
  • Combine two to three drops of dish washing detergent with a gallon of warm water in a bucket.

  • Soak a sponge in the soapy water. Scrub the tiles and grout with the sponge.

  • Scrub the tile grout with an old toothbrush to remove tough stains. Rinse the tiles and grout with clean water.

  • Combine 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar with 1/2 gallon of warm water in a bucket to remove tough stains. Add 2 tsp. of baking soda to a spray bottle. Pour the solution into the spray bottle.

  • Shake the spray bottle vigorously before you use the cleaning solution. Spray the solution onto the tile and grout.

  • Scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. Wipe the tiles with a damp washcloth. Rinse the tiles and grout with clean water.

  • Create a baking soda paste by combing an equal amount of water and baking soda to clean deep grout stains. Apply the paste to the grout and scrub it with an old toothbrush. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then wipe the paste away with a damp washcloth.

  • Spray the tiles with club soda. Wipe each tile with a soft cloth in a circular motion to buff. This will return the sparkle to the tiles and help remove any excess oil residue.


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