Housekeeping Hacks: How to Restore The Shine of Your Bathroom Tiles


Tile cleaning can be easy or challenging depending on the methods used and the attention you devote to routine maintenance. In modern times, many people consider their bathrooms as a sanctuary and it is only natural that they expect this space to be desirable. But, the bathroom tiles suffer wear and tear with everyday use apart from exposure to soap scum, dirt, water spots, and other factors impacted by the environment. There are several methods to bring back the lustre and shine to the bathroom tiles including natural as well as heavy-duty applications. Let us examine some of these tile cleaning hacks that can help you.

Before we deal with measures to bring back the sanctuary feel in your bathroom, you should know that the quality of water used in your bathroom has a huge impact on how soon your bathroom tiles start losing their lustre and shine. This is particularly so when the water used in your bathroom is saline.

Routine Care

Routine maintenance and care of bathroom tiles can take away the challenge of getting your sanctuary back into the desired space. Using a sponge to clean the tiles after every use will remove the moisture and water drops on the tile making it difficult for dust and debris to accumulate on them. Occasionally you can also make a mixture of one-gallon hot water and 2 tablespoons cleaner and wipe the tiles with the solution. If you are not happy with the shine, use a microfiber cloth and buff the tiles to a glossy finish. A spray bottle comes in handy for the shower tiles and other areas that are particularly grimy.  Spray the solution over the tiles and wait for about 15 minutes and wipe clean using a damp sponge to see the tiles sparkling again.

Natural Solutions

Vinegar and baking soda are proven ingredients in a wide range of tile cleaning hacks and that goes for bathroom tiles too. If you are looking only for a simple refresh, liberally sprinkle baking soda over the tiles and sweep off simultaneously before cleaning and deodorizing. For heavily soiled areas you can wipe down the tiles using a solution of half cup ammonia, half cup vinegar and quarter cup borate detergent mix in one-gallon warm water. Make sure that you wear gloves during the process since this mixture may be harsh if you have delicate skin.

Grout Cleaning

Just as the tiles, the grout around the tiles can also get dirty over a period of time.  All the effort you put in to clean the tiles cannot get you 100% results if the grouts are dirty. It would be a good idea to clean the grout first and then take on the tile cleaning. Equal parts of lemon juice and tartar make a good natural cleaner for the grout. Focus on areas that are particularly dirty using a toothbrush for applying the paste and rinse off with a wet sponge. A scrub brush having soft bristles can be used for the larger areas and you can be safe from dulling or scratching the glazed surface.  Another concoction for the same purpose is a mixture of warm water and baking soda in equal parts with some salt also added in. Stronger methods may be necessary for bigger areas and all-purpose cleaners work well in removing stains on the grout. However, you should ensure that the cleaner is free from abrasive properties. If this turns out to be hard work for you, you should hire professional services.

Tougher Treatments

Similar to saline water, hard water is another enemy for your tiles since that promotes the accumulation of soap scum and mineral deposits. You can find limescale removers in most department stores and supermarkets. This will effectively dissolve and remove the impact of hard water.  But when you choose tougher treatments for tile cleaning, you should also ensure that they carry mild formulas that do no harm to the protective finishes of the tiles or be harmful to people handling such treatments. Warm Vinegar sprayed directly on scaly deposits and allowed to stay for a while will help loosen the deposits and remove them without using harsh abrasives or chemicals.

Heavy-duty Shining

When you are looking for heavy-duty shining of your bathroom tiles, you can employ one of the tile cleaning hacks employed by the housekeeping trade. This is spraying lemon oil or furniture polish and buffing with a soft microfiber cloth. You will find gleaming tiles when you buff away all the furniture polish. But, you should avoid using this method for tub floors and shower area as the surface can turn dangerously slick when you use this method.

Deep Cleaning Tiled Floors

Cleaning tiled bathroom floor is similar to cleaning the wall tiles and cleaning the grout takes precedence in this process too. Before you begin cleaning your bathroom floor, you should clear all clutter and sweep the floor clean with a brush and dustpan. The next step is creating a bucket full of cleaning solution following the instructions given on the product label. You can now dip your mop in the bucket with the cleaning solution and wipe your floor starting from the far side and towards the bathroom door. A cloth-headed mop is always recommended compared to the square or rectangular sponge. The final step is buffing the floor using a generous amount of paper towels. You will now have shining tiles on the bathroom floor.


Obviously the above measures are for DIY enthusiasts. But, when time and physical ability to carry out the task is at a premium, you should opt for professional services.


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