Cleaning the toilet is one of the few chores that many people find a hassle to do, and hence are always looking for ways to make it simpler. What if I told you that there are ways that you can clean your shower tiles without the need for scrubbing? Yes, that’s correct! If this sounds too good to be true for you, then read more to find out these amazing hacks that can save you so much time the next time you clean your toilet!
Before we begin, let’s first discuss, what causes the dirt to appear on our shower tiles in the first place? It may seem ridiculous, that the very location that is being utilized and washed so frequently can get incessantly dirty. It just doesn’t make sense, does it? However, what you have to know is that the water that you use for showering, which is also known as ‘wastewater’ is actually not clean at all. There are many reasons why your shower tiles get dirty even though it is in contact with water so frequently.
First and foremost: Dirt. We usually get into the shower when we are very dirty, and hence, this dirt can result in the shower tiles also getting stained with the dirt from our bodies. At the same time, some people tend to clean their pets in the shower, and this can also result in the building up of grime. Another cause could be hard water. How is hard water formed? There are actually many minerals that you can find in the water, which can cling onto the shower tiles and cause them to be cloudy or hazy-looking. Did you know that soap can also be the reason why your shower gets dirty? That’s right, soap scum is an actual thing! It is formed through a layer of film of soap and starts to attract even more soap and grime to buildup. Lastly, grout can be also another cause for the trapping of even more dirt! When tiling your bathroom, your tiler may not have buffed off all the grout, hence leaving this layer of invisible film that will grab even more dirt.
If you’ve tried and tested all the homemade solutions, and they just don’t seem to be working out, then maybe you should try steam cleaning! Not only is it chemical-free, but it’s also very easy to use.
Steam cleaners can help relieve the tiring nature of constantly scrubbing tiles. Having a steam cleaner will heat up water quickly, and can target grout directly, rinsing all the dirt and grime away! Steam cleaners can come in the form of canisters, that you can either purchase or rent! Some even can come with nozzle attachments to make the process even easier!
You can start by cleaning small areas before moving on to others. Just ensure that you mop away the dirty water left on the tiles quickly so as to prevent it from it clinging onto the grout once again.
Baking Soda and Bleach
Baking soda is one of the best substances you can use to clean your shower tiles. You can form a paste by mixing baking soda and water, and then use this paste to rub it all over the tiles and grout. If you want to further clean the tiles, you can also have a vinegar spray solution ready, and then spray it all over the tiles, followed by the addition of baking soda. Once you start to notice the bubbling, you know that it’s working! After the bubbling stops, then you can start rubbing off the mixture in a circular rotation. Remember to also use warm water and rinse the remaining residue a few times before you wipe it down dry.
Bleach is another good cleaning option! You can choose between oxygen and chlorine bleach! For oxygen bleach, you can use those powdered ones and add water and mix it well. Chlorine bleach is much stronger, and when using it, remember to ventilate the area well.
Clorox and Hot Water
Clorox can be a very intensive cleaning agent and should be used as a last resort. If your stains are extremely old and require deep cleaning, this will probably be your best option. However, you should not use Clorox by itself. Always remember to mix it with hot water when you want to clean your tiles.
To clean off the first collected on the grout, you can always choose to get an alkaline cleaner, if you’re not into making your own formulas, these are great for mold prevention. Do remember to follow the manual, as these cleaners do contain certain chemicals that may be toxic for you if not used properly. Also, keep in mind that you should always be wearing protective equipment!
A gentler option for stains on your shower tiles that may be easier to get rid of is the magic eraser. How do you use a magic eraser? You can do so by simply rubbing the eraser gently on any surface that has been stained, and then leave it for around 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water!
Unclogging the Drain
When you’re unclogging your drain, you should refrain from turning on the faucet and using the water pressure to try to unclog the blockage. Instead, try using boiling hot water or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
How NOT to clean shower tiles
Here are some things you should not do when cleaning your shower tiles. Firstly, don’t use abrasives, as it will damage your tile finishing! Also, using powerful acids can also damage the surfaces of your tiles, causing them to wear out very easily! Over-wetting your tiles is a big no-no as well, as it can result in the formation of hard water stains! Lastly, do not vacuum the dirt off your tiles! Please use a brush instead to get rid of all the debris!
The solution you need is in a spray bottle
In conclusion, we have covered all five ways on how to clean your shower tiles without needing to scrub your tiles. These methods can be used interchangeably, depending on how bad the stains in your tiles are. And don’t forget yo clean everything else like faucets. We hope that this has been useful in your journey when cleaning your bathroom! Happy cleaning!