How to clean kitchen and bathroom tiles
Expert tile cleaning tips
Dirty tiles and discoloured grouting can leave the interior of your home feeling tired and shabby. So, it’s important to keep high-traffic areas such as the kitchen and bathroom sparkling with the help of a simple, affordable and hassle-free cleaning routine. We’ve put together this guide on how to maintain kitchen and bathroom tiles to keep your home looking crisp and clean.
With the right cleaning knowledge, products and methods, your tiles will look as good as new for many years to come. So why not read on for our expert tile cleaning tips and advice? For example, did you know that you should always clean wall tiles before moving onto the floor to minimise mess?
Cleaning kitchen tiles
The kitchen can be a notoriously messy environment, particularly if you like to cook regularly for family and friends.
Tiles can be prone to spills, splashes and stains, with bright colours such as tomato sauce being a particular bugbear for anyone longing for a spotless kitchen. The good news is, there are many ways to keep even the busiest of kitchens clean.
How to clean kitchen wall tiles
There’s always going to be some level of dirt to grapple with in the kitchen. But you can keep grime away with a simple Mrs Hinch style homemade cleaning product.
Pop a 50:50 diluted solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use this to spray your work surfaces after cooking. This will break down dirt without damaging your tiles. Wipe the solution away and be sure to buff dry to avoid any streaks. If you don’t have any white vinegar to hand, lemon juice is a great alternative and is also a natural disinfectant.
You can also get hold of a professional cleaning product like Fila Multi Surface Cleaner. This cleans tiles delicately without attacking or affecting delicate surfaces and is perfect for all types of kitchen wall tiles including porcelain, ceramic, marble, granite and natural stone.
How to clean greasy kitchen wall tiles
From Sunday morning fry-ups to overexcited sauces that splash out the pan, greasy kitchen wall tiles are inevitable. Tackle greasy surfaces by using warm water, a clean cloth and a good quality tile cleaning product such as the Fila Cleaner Pro mentioned above.
Warm water breaks down fat whereas a clean cloth will ensure you’re not wiping grease and fat back onto the walls. If your tiles still have a sticky coating which feels like grease residue, make a paste of bicarbonate soda and water and use this to scrub away any remaining greasy deposits.
How to clean kitchen floor tiles
Once your kitchen wall tiles are looking spic-and-span, it’s time to clean your kitchen floor tiles.
Remember, these should be done second to avoid having to redo your work if the floor becomes messy when cleaning the walls – which it probably will.
To start, always vacuum the floor first. This removes as much dirt and dust as possible resulting in a much cleaner finish. You can then mop the floors with warm water and a good quality floor cleaner such as Fila Cleaner Pro.
This can even be used on surfaces with polished finishes that are sensitive to stronger detergents. Remember to clean the mop water regularly to avoid spreading dirt or creating unsightly marks.
Again, if you want to go down the home remedy route, combine 100ml white vinegar with 4.5 litres of warm water, mix well and wash the floors for an impressive shine.
Cleaning bathroom tiles
Bathroom tiles are waterproof and incredibly durable, but they still need to be cleaned regularly to help get rid of dirt, soap scum, shampoo streaks and unsightly marks. A well-kept bathroom should glisten from floor to ceiling, so it’s important to keep your cleaning routine on point.
As grout is highly porous, this must be cleaned regularly too to avoid a build-up of mould and mildew. Regular maintenance will also prevent discolouration and keep your tiles looking vibrant for longer. So, what should you do to get that highly sought-after glisten?
How to clean bathroom wall tiles
When it comes to cleaning bathroom wall tiles, use a dry cloth to wipe away any dust and debris. The cloth must be dry to avoid spreading the dirt around.
If your tiles are clean already, you can simply use warm water and a microfibre cloth to get rid of any new grime that might have settled.
However, if you need something a little stronger but prefer natural remedies, then mix together vinegar and baking soda to create a paste. This is a great cleaning solution for bathroom wall tiles so long as your tiles are not made from marble or natural stone. Leave the paste on for several minutes to break down any limescale or soap scum before rinsing thoroughly. Don’t be afraid to rinse using a detachable shower head where possible.
Bathroom wall tiles can also be cleaned with Fila Cleaner Pro. This product is great because it doesn’t leave behind a residue, so you don’t have to worry about rinsing. And it’s also formulated for safe use with most types of tiles.
How to clean bathroom floor tiles
Bathroom floor tiles should be swept or vacuumed every two weeks. They should also be mopped once a week, or more if necessary. Try not to use bleach or strong detergents on sealed floor surfaces because these can remove the protective seal over time.
Instead look for a neutral concentrated detergent with low foaming power such as Fila Cleaner Pro as this will make mopping quick, easy and safe.
If you really want to give your bathroom a deep clean, you might also want to consider using a steam cleaner. Always check if the steamer you’re using is compatible with your tile type to avoid damage. Leave the tiles to dry for a while before giving them a final wipe-over with a cloth. A steamer will also help to kill germs and bacteria.
How to clean grout
If you’ve ever seen dirty grouting, you’ll know that it can spoil the look of a tiled room. That’s why grout needs to be cleaned regularly.
As a top tip, always clean the grout before you tackle the rest of the tiles as you’ll be surprised how much dirt comes out of the grout.
Grout stain removers or grout cleaners that are suitable for the tile type you have are both great, helping to remove mould, mildew, grime and residue.
The grout behind cooking areas can also become easily discoloured, so be sure to keep on top of this with regular cleaning.
There are also many safe home remedies that are great for cleaning grout. These include:
- Hot water and a scrub brush – remember warm water breaks down grease
- Hot water and pure baking soda
- 50:50 white vinegar and water
- Coarse salt sprinkled onto a wet surface and left overnight before scrubbing
- Lemon juice and water
Beware of using bleach-based or harsh products on grouting, especially if it’s a dark colour as this could cause discolouration and fading.
Constantly cleaning the grout in your kitchen or bathroom is not a glamorous task. So, wouldn’t you rather prevent dirt from building up in the first place by using a suitable grout protector?
This is usually a spray which dries in a few minutes and makes it much harder for dirt, oil and grime to build up in those all-important tile gaps.
We highly recommend using Fila Fugaproof Grout Protector Spray on all types of grouting as it prevents water and other substances from being absorbed and causing discolouration. A simple grout protector will prolong the life of your grout and save you from a whole load of housework.
Our top tile cleaning tips
While cleaning might not be your favourite thing to do, regular tile maintenance can save time in the long run. Why? Because it allows you to keep on top of dirt and grime which in turn saves a mammoth, unpleasant job in the future.
It’s much easier to wipe away a bit of newly settled sauce than to tackle grout discolouration that’s been caused by settled liquids that haven’t been cleaned up properly. Similarly, wiping away soap scum is easy so long as you’ve not let mould and mildew appear. With this in mind, here are our everyday tips for regular tile maintenance.
If you don’t vacuum or sweep on a regular basis, your tiles will blacken. This can be harder to see if they’re dark in colour or patterned, but the dirt will still be there.
Chances are your grouting will also look grubby and this is more obvious if the grout between your tiles is white or cream. Houses get dusty quickly and high-traffic areas are prone to dirt being trampled in on shoes. So, be sure to vacuum and sweep daily or weekly at the very minimum. Don’t allow dirt to settle so much that it gets pushed into the grout causing discolouration.
Clean spills ASAP
If you’ve ever cooked with turmeric, saffron, curry powder or other spices, you’ll know that these can easily stain tiles and work surfaces.
Coloured sauces can also do the same, so if a spill occurs, be sure to mop it up quickly. The longer it’s left, the more likely it is to discolour the tile or grout. The stain might also be harder to remove without a significant amount of elbow grease or a chemical product.
Regularly clean with disinfectant
Dirty tiles and grouting can lead to poor hygiene, so it’s important to keep your tiles sparkling by cleaning them with disinfectant. Remember, citrus fruits such as lemons are natural disinfectants and have many antibacterial qualities to keep germs at bay.
Or you could invest in a tile-safe disinfectant that will get rid of bad smells and dirt without damaging your tiles in any way. Always read the instruction label to make sure the disinfectant you’re using is suitable.
Safe home remedies
Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a fortune on cleaning products that might be toxic and expensive. Instead, you already have a wide range of effective cleaning products in your cupboards like lemon juice and white vinegar.
Regular cleaning with safe products makes the whole process so much easier, so get organised and make cleaning fun rather than a chore. Here are some home remedy top tips.
50:50 white vinegar and water
As already mentioned, filling up a spray bottle with a 50:50 solution of water and white vinegar is a great idea for hassle-free cleaning.
Vinegar helps to break down dirt and grease, while water dilutes the vinegar so that it’s safe to apply directly to delicate surfaces. Be sure to buff your tiles afterwards to avoid streaks.
Dust glossy tiles
Glossy tiles can be easily cleaned with a dry cloth. Dust shows up easily on light colours, particularly white tiles, and can be spread with a wet cloth. So, get a clean, dry cloth and lightly dust over all of your tiles. If you’ve any old t-shirts, these can be cut up into squares and used as eco-friendly dusting cloths.
Wet toothbrush for textured tiles
Textured tiles are not the easiest to clean but they do look good. Thankfully, there’s a way to keep them sparkling for longer. Simply take a wet toothbrush and scrub each tile to remove any dust and dirt. You can also mix three cups of baking soda with one cup of water and apply it to textured tiles before giving them a good scrub. This mixture will also help to restore grout to its former glory.
What products should I use to clean my tiles?
With so many different cleaning options available, it can be difficult to know what to choose. You can go down the completely eco-friendly route using a wide range of natural abrasives such as salt and sugar but be careful that these don’t scratch surfaces such as marble.
You can also make the most of the store cupboard items mentioned heavily in this article like lemon, baking soda and white vinegar. Or you can invest in professional cleaning products, such as:
- Dex Professional Tiling Sponge
- Dex Grout Clean Up Pads
- Fila Fugaproof Grout Protector Spray
- And, if you’re looking for a safe, effective and affordable product that’ll keep your tiles looking new for longer, don’t forget Fila Multi Surface Cleaner.
Not only does it remove dirt and grime quickly, but it does so without attacking or damaging tiles. Fila Multi Surface Cleaner is a must-have, neutral detergent for anyone looking to keep their kitchens and bathrooms spic-and-span.
Benefits of Fila Cleaner Pro
Fila Cleaner Pro comes with a wealth of benefits. For example, it’s suitable for use on many different tile types and surfaces including porcelain, ceramic, marble, natural stone, granite, concrete, wood, plastic, laminate and more. It does not affect treated or delicate surfaces and does not have to be rinsed after use.
How to use Fila Cleaner Pro
Fila Cleaner Pro can be used in many different ways depending on your requirements. But if you’re looking to maintain the cleanliness of all surfaces, simply dilute Fila Cleaner Pro at a ratio of 1:200 – this equates to 25 ml in 5 litres of water. If you’re tackling more stubborn dirt, you can make the mixture more concentrated.
Need more information?
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