Ceramic Tile Cleaning:
Ceramic tile cleaning in bathrooms can be a real challenge, especially when the tile hasn't been cleaned regularly. Some of the main problems are soap scum, mildew, and a rough white coating.
A varnish-like stain can build up on the bottom of a shower. This dark stain is caused by body oils and soap scum, and it can make ceramic tile cleaning really tough. I've had some success removing it with commercial bleach products. One way to get rid of it is to pour liquid laundry detergent over it and let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight. Then scrub and rinse with a vinegar and water mix.
Soap scum is caused by talc in soap. Ceramic tile cleaning will be made easier by using soaps with no talc.
You can reduce mildew build up a commercial chlorine spray applied every couple of weeks. Or for a natural alternative try mixing a 1/2 cup vinegar in a spray bottle of water, and add 10 drops of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is antiseptic and antibacterial. This mixture works well but you may prefer to add a few drops of lavender essential oil to improve the smell. Sage and cedar oil smell woodsy and wholesome and work well too. All essential oils have cleansing and purifying properties, making them naturally great for ceramic tile cleaning.
Rough white coating on ceramic tile is caused by mineral build up from hard water. Commercial tile cleaners designed to dissolve it will work, but wear gloves, and make sure you open the bathroom window if you're working with any strong chemical product. Be especially careful in the shower stall, where the fumes can be overwhelming.
We hope these ceramic tile cleaning tips have been helpful. Please explore the rest of the cleaning tips section for more cleaning tips.