How To Clean Bathroom Tiles

In this part of our series of articles on toilet deep cleaning, we teach you how to clean bathroom tiles.

In case you have not read the previous parts, check them out here:

  1. How to Clean The Toilet Bowl
  2. How To Clean The Shower Area
  3. How To Clean Toilet Sink, Vanity Area, Mirrors, and Cabinets/Shelves
  4. How To Clean Toilet Windows, Ledges, Blinds, Faucets and Taps
  5. How To Clean Bathroom Tiles
  6. How To Clean Shower Glass
  7. How To Clean Shower Curtains
  8. How To Clean The Bathtub
  9. How To Clean and Unclog Shower Drain
  10. How To Clean Bathroom Walls

Why Clean Toilet Flooring and Tiles?

The toilet floor is different from the flooring of other parts of your house. Most toilet floors are made of stone, porcelain or ceramic, unlike your living room or kitchen. The biggest reason is that your washroom tiles needs to be waterproof. Precisely, with the deeds to be done in the bathroom, it would be prone to high humidity and many splashes. It is thus vitally important to maintain and clean your bathroom tiles frequently. Let us teach you how to do it.

Tools Required

For Simple Cleaning Of Bathroom Tiles

  1. Movable Bucket or Container
  2. Pail To Contain Water
  3. Broom and Duster
  4. 4-5 Pieces of Clean Rags
  5. Mop and Wringer

Additional For Deep Cleaning Of Bathroom Tiles

  1. Measuring Cup
  2. Baking Soda Powder
  3. White Distilled Vinegar
  4. Toilet or Common Household Bleach
  5. Commercial Toilet Cleaning Detergents (Eg. Stain and Mold Remover)
  6. Toilet Scrubs Of Different Sizes
  7. Old Toothbrush

How To Get Bathroom Tiles Cleaned and Shiny
How To Get Bathroom Tiles Cleaned and Shiny

4 Simple Steps To Clean The Bathroom Floor

QUICK SUMMARY:

Time needed: 59 minutes.

4 Simple Steps To Clean The Toilet Floor

  1. Clear The Area

    Firstly, ensure the floor is cleared. Remove all loose objects such as toilet brush holders, small bins and folding up rugs. Wash your rugs separately (machine wash if suitable). Stash away the loose items in a corner, or a movable basket for easy replacement later on.

  2. Step 2: Dry and Dust It!

    Next, ensure the floor is dry. Use a mop or rag to wipe up puddles or droplets, before proceeding to sweep and dust the floor. Be sure not to miss out nooks and crannies – such as below the sink and behind the doors.

  3. Step 3: Mop The Bathroom Floor

    Thirdly, when you are done getting rid of dust and larger debris, do a mopping of the floor. Plain water and floor cleaning detergent, combined with a simple cotton string mop would suffice.

  4. Step 4: Ventilate and Dry (Very Important!)

    Finally, let the entire floor area dry up fully. Do this by allowing for adequate natural ventilation, using a separate dry mop or rag to wipe down again, or best, do both. Note that you can save this step if you are doing deep cleaning – see the next section!

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Step 1: Clear The Area

Firstly, ensure the floor is cleared. By this, we mean removing all loose objects such as toilet brush holders, small bins and folding up rugs. Wash your rugs separately (machine wash if suitable). Stash away the loose items in a corner, or a movable basket for easy replacement later on.

Step 2: Dry and Dust It!

Next, ensure the floor is dry. Use a mop or rag to wipe up puddles or droplets, before proceeding to sweep and dust the floor. Be sure not to miss out nooks and crannies – such as below the sink and behind the doors.

Step 3: Mop The Bathroom Tiles

Thirdly, when you are done getting rid of dust and larger debris, do a mopping of the bathroom tiles. For this, you may use just plain water. However, if your floor is still rather dirty, use 1 or 2 cups of floor cleaning detergent mixed with a bucket of clean water to mop the toilet. A simple cotton string mop would suffice. Alternatively, if you have cash to spare and prefer a high-tech version, try out 3M Hands-free PVA Sponge Mop or 3M Scotch-Brite Spin Mop Set! These offer energy and time saving advantages. For housewives, prepare to show them off to your fellow ladies when they come over to visit. They would be amazed at your higher efficiency of toilet cleaning!

Step 4: Ventilate and Dry (Very Important!)

Finally, let the entire floor area dry up fully. Do this by allowing for adequate natural ventilation, using a separate dry mop or rag to wipe down again, or best, do both. Many people overlook this step. However, given the already high moisture content in the bathroom, missing this step is a no-no. It would increase risk of mold and mildew forming, germs growing, and make your subsequent cleaning sessions harder. Note that you can save this step if you are doing deep cleaning – see the next section!

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Another 4 Steps To Deep Clean The Bathroom Tiles

Once you are done with the 4 basic simple steps above, consider doing a deeper cleaning. At meide.sg, we call this deep cleaning of toilet floor. It is analogous to bathroom tiles scrubbing and grout cleaning in the toilet too! Let us briefly explain how to do this deep cleaning:

Step 1: Use Baking Soda and Water (or a commercial grout / mold cleaning detergent)

You can make a natural toilet floor cleaning soap by mixing 2 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water. Alternatively, you can use commercial cleaning solutions such as CIF, floor cleaning detergent, or even a stronger toilet bowl cleaning detergent for the floor. What are these commercial detergents about? Learn the details here

Step 2: Start Scrubbing

Apply your solution over a small area first to ensure no disastrous effect or stains occur on your flooring. Then, pour or spray copiously on the entire area to be cleaned. Start scrubbing with either a large and hard bristle toilet brush, or use a hand held smaller brush for smaller surfaces. For the corners, use an old toothbrush. Do not miss out scrubbing in between the tiles to remove grout, whilst you are at it.

Always Dry Your Toilet Floor First
A Very Clean Toilet Floor To Awe At

Step 3: Leave it before rinsing!

Remember to leave the foam and soap on the surface for 5 to 10 minutes. This will give your cleaning detergents enough time to act on grime and dirt stuck in the flooring. Thereafter, rinse away all soap and dirt with plain water. Flush them down the common drain, and allow the place to dry fully.

Step 4: Remove tough stains

Lastly, there will be difficult stains and stubborn spots still at times. Thus, to remove this, apply a paste of (4:1 baking soda and water) over the area. Leave it to sit before washing with white distilled vinegar. The explosive action can dislodge difficult dirt. Alternatively use pure bleach. If these cheaper options do not work, try using strong commercial cleaners such as the Magiclean Stain and Mold Remover!

Disclaimer:

Remember to avoid using vinegar for marble, granite and stone flooring to avoid unsightly stains. Common materials such as wood, concrete, onyx, marble and granite are incompatible and unsuitable to be cleaned with bleach. Learn about using bleach and vinegar in detail here.

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