How to clean your Tiles
It’s important to clean tiles properly, both to maintain hygiene and keep them looking lovely. As they can be expensive to replace, it's best to avoid damage and wear so they continue to look like new for as long as possible.
WHAT IS THE BEST TILE CLEANER? The best tile cleaner for both bathroom and kitchen tiles depends on what type of tile you have. Ceramic and porcelain tiles both have very different cleaning requirements to natural stone for example, so it’s important to choose the right one for the job.
It also depends on your eco-friendly credentials; do you want to use only natural ingredients? For the most effective deep cleaning, always use a PH neutral cleaner such as diluted white vinegar solution and orange oil.
In the Bathroom
To clean bathroom wall tiles effectively avoid using harsh chemicals and consider using natural ingredient cleaners where possible. Most porcelain and ceramic tiles are pre-sealed during manufacturing which makes them easier to maintain, simply use a PH neutral cleaner and a non-abrasive cloth to wipe clean the surface.
Regular tile cleaning will make using natural products easier as sometimes they’re not as tough as chemical or solvent based products.
White vinegar is a really useful bathroom cleaner. Simply create a 50:50 diluted solution with water in a spray bottle and it can be used to clean soap scum from any surface including glass and tiles. All you have to do is buff it dry to avoid any streaks.
For tiles with a glossy glaze you should dust the surface of the tiles once every month, clean the surface with a non-abrasive cleaner and a microfibre cloth and then, for a streak-free finish, buff the tiles with a clean, dry cloth.
If you have a glass mosaic in your kitchen or bathroom, these should be buffed dry to avoid nasty water marks.
Textured tile can be cleaned with a wet toothbrush (not the one you use for your teeth though obviously). This will lift away dirt and limescale in the textured areas. Baking soda is a fabulous way to clean textured tiles as you can create a paste from it. Mix together three parts baking soda to one part warm water. This mixture can also be used to scrub dirty grout as well.
In the Kitchen
If you’re cleaning a tiled splashback behind the cooker in the kitchen then a de-greasing agent is probably required to first remove any built-up cooking grease and oils. Follow the de-greasing agent’s manufacturers guidelines and then follow with a clean, wet cloth and buff with a dry cloth.
A brilliant cleaning product and natural degreaser is orange or lemon oil. Simply drip a few drops directly on to the surface of the tile then wipe with a damp cloth or sponge and clean water to remove the grease whilst making your home smell fresh.