While they give a beautiful appearance, tile walls and floors in a shower room can be high maintenance when it comes to cleaning. Regular exposure to moist conditions and dirt, combined with the porous surface of tiles and grout, create an ideal situation for stains and mildew. Improper cleaning supplies -- namely any product with an acidic pH level -- may permanently damage the appearance of tiles. On the other hand, proper products do most of the hard work for stain removal.
Things You'll Need
- Hot water
- Dish soap
- Spray bottle
- Oxygen bleach
- Grout brush
- Masonry sealer
Fill a bucket with hot water and just enough liquid dish soap to create a thick layer of suds.
Dip a sponge in the soap solution and scrub the walls to remove water spots. Wring out the sponge as it gets dirty and dip it back in the soap solution. Mop the floor with a mop and the soap solution.
Rinse the floors and walls with clean water to wash away all soap residue. Run a squeegee against the tile walls to force the water down to the floor. Dry the floor with clean towels.
Fill a spray bottle with a solution of oxygen bleach. The bleach-to-water ratio may differ depending on the product, so read the mixing directions carefully.
Spray the tile wall with the bleach solution and allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes. Scrub the grout with a grout brush to remove mildew and stains. Repeat the process on the floor to remove stains from the grout, but allow the oxygen bleach to remain for at least 30 minutes, as floor stains tend to be more difficult.
Rinse the tiles with clean water to wash away all traces of bleach. Squeegee the walls and dry the floor with towels.
Apply a masonry sealer to the clean, dry tiles to create a protective barrier and minimize future stains. Most masonry sealers can be brushed on the floor and wall surfaces in a similar fashion to paint on a wall, but read the directions for your chosen product to ensure best results. Always use a masonry sealer intended for use on tiles.
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