Posted on 22nd April 2012 in HOME & GARDEN

 Bathrooms are very important part of the house and you always want to keep it looking clean. Make sure to always have cleaning supplies on hand because bathroom tiles easily get dirty and if left untouched for a length of time will accumulate mineral and soap deposits  and mold and mildew buildup. Cleaning bathroom tiles is not an easy job, but when you use natural supplies that do the hard work, the job becomes much easier for you.  Use preventive measures to keep them clean longer so you don’t have to scrub dirty tiles as frequently.

     For homemade and natural cleaning solutions, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spray   on the entire surface to be cleaned. Let the vinegar to sit on the tile for 15 minutes to kill mold or mildew.  Spray the tile surface again with vinegar then sprinkle with baking soda.  Dampen the sponge and baking soda with plain water and scrub the tile with the sponge. The combination of vinegar, an acid, and baking soda, an abrasive, works to remove soap scum, dirt and mold and mildew from tile surfaces. Rinse in plain water, and wash off the tile to remove the baking soda, dirt and grime. Dry the tile surface with a clean towel.

     When using liquid bleach, just mix 3 parts of liquid bleach with 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture evenly on the tiles and use a sponge to scrub the bleach mixture into the tiles, use a mop if you are cleaning floor tiles as well. Spray with water and then scrub with the sponge again and allow it to dry.

     If you want to use a commercial grout and tile cleaner, you can use mold and mildew remover that whitens and removes mold and mildew stains while removing soap scum from manufacturers like Lysol, Tilex and Clorox.  Depending on the severity of dirt and mold, spray the bathroom surface with the bathroom cleaner and a scrub sponge. Wet the tiles and spray on the cleaner, scrubbing from the top to the bottom. Scrub the whole area in circular motions putting a good bit of pressure on the tiles. Scrub in straight lines, back and forth on the edges of the tiles then rinse with warm water. Use a toothbrush and cleaning solution on grout lines or hard to clean area like the corners and tile edges and also for your shower fixtures.  Some products, especially soap scum removers, need to sit on the tile for a while before you scrub. Check and follow label directions if you are using a commercial cleaner. Always use hand gloves when using these chemicals because these chemicals can be irritating to the eyes and skin and should always be stored properly.

   To prevent grimy tiles and grout, equip your bathroom with an exhaust fan that takes the moisture out of the air. Check your tile grout carefully while cleaning to see if there are lot of cracks and missing pieces. Before liquids seep through and start rotting out whatever is underneath the tile, replace and have it repaired. Repairing is inexpensive and you can buy grout remover kits at most hardware stores and check the internet for easy home repair ideas.

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