How to Keep Shower Tiles Shiny With Car Wax

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Polishing tiles makes them shiny and keeps them clean longer.
Polishing tiles makes them shiny and keeps them clean longer. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

If you're like most people, one of your least favorite household chores is scrubbing mucky shower tiles. Unfortunately, with each shower use, tiles accumulate dirt, skin oils and dead skin cells, forming a grimy mess. Tiles exposed to hard water will also develop a cloudy residue. There's no getting around cleaning them, but polishing tiles with car wax will make them shiny and slick and help them to repel mineral deposits and grime, so your cleanings will be easier and less frequent.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Car wax paste
  • Soft cloths
  • Tile scrub brush (optional)

Clean the tiles with white vinegar before applying the wax. Pour some vinegar into an empty spray bottle. Do not dilute it. Spray the vinegar onto the tiles, thoroughly saturating them.

Let the vinegar stand for about five minutes (longer if mineral deposits and grime have been building up for a while).

Scrub the tiles with a nylon scrub brush, if necessary, to loose stubborn buildup. Wipe the vinegar off with paper towels. Dry the tiles thoroughly since car wax cannot bind to damp tiles.

Spread car wax paste liberally onto the tiles, using a soft cloth, and allow it to air dry completely.

Buff the tiles with a clean soft cloth to remove the wax. Continue buffing until no wax remains and the tiles shine.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute commercial shower tile cleaner for white vinegar.
  • Refrain from using vinegar on natural stone tiles because it will etch them.
  • Do not use car wax on shower floor tiles since it will make them slippery.

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