Your sparkling porcelain tile has become a little dull? Clueless about how to clean and make them sparkle again?
Porcelain tiles are incredibly durable and beautiful tile options. These types of tiles are water-resistant and stain controllable. But with time, it loses its luster. That’s why it needs regular cleaning and maintenance to keep the original shine.
Let’s know some popular and actionable ways to clean porcelain tile showers.
Table of Contents
- 1 Frequently Asked Questions
- 2 How to Clean Glazed Porcelain Tile
- 3 How to Clean a Walk-in Tiled Shower
- 4 How to Clean Shower Tiles without Scrubbing
- 5 How to Clean Ceramic Tile Shower Walls
- 6 How to Clean Matte Porcelain Tiles in The Shower
- 7 How to Clean Unglazed Porcelain Tile
- 8 Does Vinegar Damage Porcelain Tile?
Unpolished Porcelain Tile
Unpolished tiles are usually easy-going so you can clean them with less effort. Just keep in mind the cleaning items need to be soft on the tile surface.
If the tile is unpolished, you can vacuum or broom the tile every time you want or feel dirt available. And if the tile is matte tiles, use vinegar and water mixture or commercial cleaner to clean the dirt. Pour it into a spray bottle, stir well and spray the solution on the top of the tile.
Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes to loosen the dirt up. Now use a soft bristle brush and scrub the trash. Then use warm water to wash the dirt away and try to dry it with a microfiber cloth.
Polished Porcelain Tiles
Before you start cleaning the dirt, you should do some brooming and vacuuming. It will make your further steps more manageable. To loosen up the trash or dirt, spray warm water on the polished tile surface.
If the dirt is heavy, use a bristle brush, or if you don’t have a bristle brush, you can use an old toothbrush. But be careful; an old toothbrush can harm your soft hand. After scrubbing, wash away the residue with warm water. Usually, porcelain is stain-proof, so using warm water should be enough.
But if you feel the availability of the dirt, you can repeat the process. One more cleaning option is there, use white vinegar and water mixture solution. After the dirt is clean and completely dried, use a cheesecloth to polish the tile to regain the sparkle.
Don’t get nervous by hearing the word regular maintenance. It’s about cleaning your shower tile once a week not daily. Use a soft bristle broom and give a simple sweep. Then do vacuum cleaning, and regular maintenance is done.
Another regular maintenance you have to do is once a month. Take two gallons of water and ¼ cup white vinegar, mix them and make a solution or use a commercial cleaner. Apply the solution over the tile with a sponge, then mop with plain water and use a microfiber cloth to dry the tile surface.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Clean Glazed Porcelain Tile
Cleaning glazed porcelain tile is simple. Take Baking soda and borax equally, combine them, and make a soft paste with water. Apply the paste over the dirt or stain and rub gently.
Use clean water to rinse and wipe with a dry cloth. Baking soda and borax have mild acid that can remove stains or dirt without damaging or scratching the tile glaze.
How to Clean a Walk-in Tiled Shower
Many methods are available to clean a walk-in tiles shower. But before you start applying tricky techniques, first pretreat the walk-in tiled shower.
Let the walk-in tiled shower flow with hot water and the room heated at least for 10 minutes. Scrub the shower tile top in a circular motion and leave it to dry without washing or spraying water.
Now make a soft paste-like toothpaste with baking soda and water. Instead of water, you can use vinegar for better results. Keep rubbing with a toothbrush in a circular motion and cover the stain with the solution paste.
After the process is complete, use warm water and cleans the residue properly. Wipe immediately with a dry cloth or paper towel to stop the growth of viruses or germs.
How to Clean Shower Tiles without Scrubbing
Cleaning shower tiles without scrubbing are possible. You can do it with baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, etc.
Take dish soap/liquid and vinegar in equal amount, put in a spray bottle, and stir well. Spray on the walk-in tiles and wait for 1 hour. After 1 hour, clean the applied solution and wash the tile with water.
Put lemon juice on the stain, wait for at least 2 hours, then rinse it with water without scrubbing.
How to Clean Ceramic Tile Shower Walls
Before cleaning the ceramic tile shower walls, pre-scrub the tile to remove all soap scum from it. Apply tile cleaner and let the tile soak for five minutes. Use a scouring pad and scrub well till the surface is spotless.
Use warm water to rinse away the excesses. Now wipe with a dry cloth or a paper towel. It will stop mold and soap scum.
How to Clean Matte Porcelain Tiles in The Shower
Matte tiles are a bit challenging to clean than porcelain tiles in the shower. Using a mixture of water and vinegar is best to clean matte porcelain tiles. Put the mixture on a spray bottle, mix them well by stirring and spray it over the top of the matte tile.
Let it sit properly for five to ten minutes; it will make the dirt loosen up. Use a soft brush to scrub and clean with plain water. After rinsing, use a dry cloth and wipe away the residue of water.
How to Clean Unglazed Porcelain Tile
Removing dirt and dust from unglazed porcelain tiles is a little hard than glazed porcelain tiles. First, vacuum cleaner and sweep up the top of the unglazed porcelain tile. Use a water and vinegar mixture or a good tile cleaner for bathing the unglazed porcelain tile.
Give 5 to ten minutes to soak the mix solution, but don’t let it dry.
Scrub continually with a bristle brush until the tile is fully cleaned. Now rinse away the residue with warm water and use a dry or microfiber cloth to wipe.
Does Vinegar Damage Porcelain Tile?
No, vinegar is a popular cleaner used to clean almost all stains types, and it’s safe. But until you cross the limit. Too much use of strong vinegar can damage the surface of the porcelain tile. It means you will lose the shiny surface.
Experts also claimed excessive use of vinegar could lower the durability of the porcelain tiles also.
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