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How to Clean Your Bathroom Tiles in 5 Easy Steps

(5 min read) One of the few things that almost every human has in common is the united need as a species to dispose of our waste or to eliminate any sign of our poo and pee. That’s how bathrooms came to be.

Another thing is, bathrooms are one of the most frequently visited places for pretty much everyone, for as long as they live. So when that precious place of yours is always filthy, or even not at its cleanest, it may prove to be the culprit behind your lack of excitement on your way to the bathroom.

Floral Bathroom tiles
Floral Motif Tiles.

If it is, then that’s fine because it’s recoverable; all you need to do is follow this quick and easy clean guide for the best way to clean your bathroom tiles. These will not take up too much of your time, nor will they tax you in terms of labor. It’s super easy, follow my instructions and you will be alright.

Fun Fact: Cats possess the need to eliminate their excretion, kind of similar to what we humans do. For instance, they sweep their waste with liter material, while we humans flush the water.


1. Keep Your Floor Dry And Clean

Gorgeous Bathroom Mosaic Tiles
Gorgeous Bathroom Tiles.

Beautiful Rug tiles
Stunning Rug Tiles.

Be sure to dry broom away all the dust from the floor. You could very quickly vacuum as well. This is important because having a wet bathroom floor may prove difficult for you to clean some sticky gunk, which you could have if it were dry.


2. Be Consistent

Stunning bathroom tiles
Bathroom Mosaic Tiles.

Ceramic mosaic bathroom tiles
Ceramic Tile Rug.

Don’t just plan on using stronger cleaning agents and hotter water to clean your tiles. This will only accelerate the discoloration of your tiles. So, the trick is to be a regular. Once a week is fine.

Also, one thing you should NOT do is ignore the grout line. Firstly, if it starts getting dirty, it will take away the beauty out of your bathroom, as it will pop more to the eyes. So be sure to pay just as much attention as you pay your tiles.


3. Know Your Cleaning Agent

Victorian tile flooring
Victorian looking flooring.

You don’t have to break your back and get your self industry grade chemicals and bleachers to remove bathroom and tile stains. Just get a few of the cleaning essentials I will list below. You will find them in your local grocery store.

  • Disinfecting Tile Cleaner for all the tiled surfaces.
  • Disinfecting Toilet Cleaner.
  • Heavy-duty rubber gloves, preferably with spike patterned fingertips for scrubbing.
  • Toilet Brush.
  • Sandpaper.
  • 2 Buckets worth of Hot Water.

Try not to follow those DIY videos if they are not covering ALL the aspects of cleaning tiles. I say this because some tiles will get eroded by materials or substances with acidic pH levels, whereas others will stand through the test of time.

So these tile and bathroom cleaners are usually neutral to the bathroom floor and will not erode whatever form of tile you may be using.


4. One-Plane At A Time

Beautiful decorative mosaic tiles
Decorative Mosaic Tiles.

This is where it would turn to a horror story for me back in my college days. When I first got handed the adult responsibility of cleaning up my toilet for the first time came with a few challenges.

The major and the scary one was me trying to clean up everything all at once. One minute I’m scrubbing the year-old skid mark left by the previous tenant, while I jump into cleaning half the toilet before switching to another part which I could have and should have handled chronologically in a thought out manner.

So target one side or one part of your washroom and finish it. Move onto the next one.

I strategically plan out my bathroom cleansing steps. The commode comes first because you have to let the toilet cleaner sit on it for a while, and you can move on to the next part of your cleaning regimen as you wait. Plus, cleaning the toilet does not get in the way of cleaning other sections of your bath; for instance, if you clean your bathroom floor first, then you will have to wait until you are done to move on to cleaning the toilet.

I go for the walls next, and then the basin, and then the floor. This way, the dirty water dripping from the wall while cleaning will not affect the floor, and I save the bathroom mirror for the last so that no droplets of water and foam can get on the mirror’s surface.


5. Steam Clean

Stunning floor mosaic tiles
Stunning Mosaic Tiles by Sicis.

This is not an absolute essential, but if you can add it to your tile cleaning regimen, then it will be of great value to you. The physical labor of scrubbing the floor and your walls hard will not be necessary.

Steam cleaners generate high-pressure steam and the high temperature will wipe clean your tiled floor and wall off any dirt, virus, and bacteria that may have piled up there.

Fitness Tip: Manually scrubbing the floor with your bare hands will tone and improve the strength of your arms and shoulders.


In Conclusion

This is something you should always do, no matter how intense this may seem. Firstly, it will not take you more than an hour to do all this. Secondly, you have to do this once every ten days at max, so investing 2.5 to 3 hours a month isn’t too bad.

Try adding a plant or two in your bathroom. It will feel and be cleaner; the air will be purified, the aroma will be mesmerizing, and will feel generally okay. You can try out orchids, vines, and cacti.


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Sakib Shadman

Sakib Shadman

Sakib Shadman is a seasoned content creator who specializes in home improvement and maintenance. With years of experience under his belt, he loves to share his ideas and tips on house cleaning with people who are looking for easy solutions to complex problems.

65 Comments

  1. Kathy
    August 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    Love all the tips. I didn’t know that knowing your cleaning agent would have such an impact.

  2. TARA PITTMAN
    August 12, 2020 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    Such awesome bathrooms. These tips will help me clean my bathroom.

  3. Emily Terrell
    August 12, 2020 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    This is a post more people need to read! And a very well written reminder of how it should be done. I hated cleaning the tile work in my parents homes. Then again, it was more often than not because we put it off until we were planning to have someone over or until it started looking grimy.

  4. Neely Moldovan
    August 12, 2020 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    This just reminds me I need to clean our shower LOL. I love these tips!

  5. Elizabeth O
    August 12, 2020 at 5:20 pm — Reply

    I clean the bathroom first when I’m doing house cleaning because I can spend the time and energy upfront to do a thorough and detailed job. Once it’s done, vacuuming, mopping floors, and dusting surfaces become a breeze.

  6. Kileen
    August 12, 2020 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these tips! My tiles are long over due for a good cleaning. Thanks for sharing these!

  7. Stephanie
    August 12, 2020 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    I have a love/hate relationship with cleaning the bathroom tiles. It feels so nice to have it done, but it’s such a pain. I never thought about how certain cleaners can harm the tiles.

  8. Marie Phillips
    August 12, 2020 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    I love the step by step process you present! I will be doing this process this week!

  9. Heather
    August 12, 2020 at 10:53 pm — Reply

    This is such great info! When it comes to cleaning, I need all the tips to make it easier.

  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    August 13, 2020 at 3:19 am — Reply

    Everytime I visit your blog, I get into a day dreaming state. Oh how I wish I had a home that pretty! Thanks for your tips on how to effectively clean bathroom tiles. I am going to heed your advice and still try and make my bathroom pretty.

  11. Krysten Quiles
    August 13, 2020 at 6:26 am — Reply

    Oooh this is so helpful. Thanks for sharing this friend!

  12. Mae
    August 13, 2020 at 7:19 am — Reply

    These are great tips and I agree that 2-3 hrs a month isn’t so bad! I clean every week! OCD here!

  13. Sel
    August 13, 2020 at 8:49 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these helpful tips with us! I’ve actually been meaning to clean our bathroom as well.

  14. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    August 13, 2020 at 8:51 am — Reply

    These are some really good tips on how to clean bathroom tiles and they’re really easy too.Thanks for sharing.

  15. F.R.
    August 13, 2020 at 9:00 am — Reply

    These are such valuable tips. Knowing your cleaning agent is really important, it can ruin your tiles.

  16. Diana
    August 13, 2020 at 10:02 am — Reply

    These bathroom images totally have me lusting for a bathroom reno!!

  17. Melissa Cushing
    August 13, 2020 at 10:45 am — Reply

    These are great tips for keeping your bathroom tiles clean. I am also loving so many of the gorgeous designs pictured above as tile and mosaics are works fo art and I am going to try my hand at it 🙂

  18. Gigi
    August 13, 2020 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    THANK YOU for these tips! Will be doing some renovations in the near future so I need this advice!

  19. Natalia
    August 13, 2020 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    I always struggle with cleaning my tiles! Hope your tips will help me a bit with that problem. 🙂

  20. Wein
    August 13, 2020 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    These tips and ideas are so helpful and useful for everyone..glad you shared these with us..found it quite interesting one..great work though..

  21. Lea
    August 13, 2020 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    You have shared some great tips here which I am definitely going to follow, starting with not forgetting to clean the grout as well as to follow a consistent cleaning routine.

  22. Eya
    August 13, 2020 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    these tips and ideas are definitely very useful and helpful indeed..well glad to know about the ways they are interesting and great one..great work though…

  23. Lyosha
    August 13, 2020 at 3:03 pm — Reply

    Great tips! I have mat black tiles in my bathroom and it’s never easy to keep them perfect

  24. Bella
    August 13, 2020 at 4:09 pm — Reply

    Ok this is sooo helpful!! thank you for sharing this. I clean twice a week but that because I love cleaning so much!

  25. Hannah
    August 13, 2020 at 5:33 pm — Reply

    I always learning something helpful and relevant with your posts! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Laura S.
    August 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm — Reply

    Cleaning tiles is one area I definitely need help with! Going to try my steam cleaner. Thanks for the tip!

  27. Heidi
    August 13, 2020 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    These are all great tips! I always make sure to clean the floors 1x a week. 🙂

  28. Holly
    August 13, 2020 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    Cleaning the bathroom is definitely one of those things that I feel like never ends! Thanks for the tips on how to do it well.

  29. norma
    August 14, 2020 at 12:03 am — Reply

    Looks amazing. I love Mosaics. Love the tips

  30. Jose
    August 14, 2020 at 12:21 am — Reply

    Thank you for these tips and I will definitely keep this in mind. Thank you so much!

  31. Sundeep
    August 14, 2020 at 5:33 am — Reply

    These are some great tips for cleaning tiles. This is very helpful. I will keep all these tips in my mind.

  32. Gervin Khan
    August 14, 2020 at 5:44 am — Reply

    These bathrooms are so fancy. But anyways, thanks for the tips! It helps a lot.

  33. Mae
    August 14, 2020 at 6:52 am — Reply

    I love all these tips! This is very helpful! Thank you!

  34. Snow
    August 14, 2020 at 8:06 am — Reply

    Keeping your bathroom neat and clean is a healthy things to do but very stressful. I find your tips very easy and good tips . Thanks for sharing

  35. selmo
    August 14, 2020 at 8:28 am — Reply

    I do look forward to making time for cleaning our bathroom every once in a while, so thank you for these helpful tips! I might also add an indoor plant as well since it seems like it would be nice for the bathroom.

  36. rachel
    August 14, 2020 at 10:24 am — Reply

    Steam cleaning is always my go to!!

  37. Bhuvi
    August 14, 2020 at 10:50 am — Reply

    Such awesome tips. I love the bathroom interiors. Thanks for sharing..

  38. Michelle
    August 14, 2020 at 11:00 am — Reply

    I love these bathroom ideas.

  39. Catherine
    August 14, 2020 at 11:47 am — Reply

    My goodness the tile work is just stunning! It’s important to make sure the tiles are dry..I’m very careful about drying out my bathroom after showering. Great tips here!

  40. Marjie Mare
    August 14, 2020 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing these great tips. I agree that it is very important to know any cleaning agent used.

  41. Aditi
    August 14, 2020 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    Great tips and those rug tiles look so amazing. I never thought of them this way and didn’t imagine that a group of tiles could appear like a rug or carpet. Beautiful!

  42. Crystal Green
    August 14, 2020 at 2:03 pm — Reply

    This is a detailed way to keep a bathroom clean. Steam cleaning is such a great option.

  43. Sarah Howe
    August 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    We tend to steam clean but my Mum has bought me a really good mop! Important to keep these spaces clean!

  44. Leah
    August 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    I desperately want a beautiful tile design in the bathroom we’re planning on renovating in the next couple of years. It really elevates the room! I’ll remember these tips for when the time comes.

  45. CW
    August 14, 2020 at 3:33 pm — Reply

    First, the bathroom tile floors are exquisite. I would like mine to be made in a colorful way.
    Second, I have a similar routine and do the cleaning in stages.
    Teaching my kids how to take care of their own bathroom areas. You could imagine the reaction when it comes to showing them how to clean the toilet bowl. But somebody has to!

  46. Annie Mason
    August 14, 2020 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    Very good tips for bathroom cleaning. Good reading, as always. Also, my favorite part…seeing the beautiful mosaic floor tiles. Magnificent!

  47. Ashlyn
    August 14, 2020 at 10:02 pm — Reply

    I think consistency is what I need to improve on the most when it comes to cleaning our bathroom. Thank you for the other tips on how to get it sparkling clean!

  48. Holly Hood
    August 14, 2020 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these helpful and needed tips. Your bathroom looks amazing. I really hate cleaning the bathroom but it has to be done.

  49. Czardilyn Buyawe
    August 14, 2020 at 11:51 pm — Reply

    Thank you for all these tips. It is very helpful to me

  50. Ana Smith
    August 15, 2020 at 12:22 am — Reply

    First of all, the bathroom mosaic tiles look heavenly!
    Thanks for these awesome tips on how to clean bathroom tiles.

  51. Ambuj Saxena
    August 15, 2020 at 1:01 am — Reply

    I can’t imagine such beautiful bathrooms! I love the fitness tip towards the end of the post! I have been doing a lot of things to improve my muscle strength!

  52. Kez
    August 15, 2020 at 7:06 am — Reply

    I love how you’ve tried to spin scrubbing the floor as a way to keep up fitness!

  53. Monidipa
    August 15, 2020 at 7:58 am — Reply

    cleaning agent plays a big role in cleaning bathroom. And all these ways are good to keep bathroom clean!

  54. Diane
    August 15, 2020 at 10:15 am — Reply

    When cleaning other rooms I am somewhat scattered but the bathroom I have a routine – Toilet, shower, sink then floor

  55. Ana
    August 15, 2020 at 3:27 pm — Reply

    Such a helpful post! I do follow these above-mentioned tips to clean the bathroom tiles 🙂

  56. Khushboo
    August 15, 2020 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    Oh I needed this information on how to clean tiles. Your osot is really helpful for me.

  57. Viano
    August 15, 2020 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    I totally agree with you. These are really helpful tips on how to clean bathroom tiles.

  58. Maysz
    August 15, 2020 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    Wow, What a lovely tips from you! Actually cleaning Bathroom is one of the hardest thing when it comes to cleaning I will apply these tips from you awesome photos!

  59. Beth
    August 16, 2020 at 1:38 am — Reply

    Haha, I love the fitness tip about scrubbing the tile. We are fortunate that the only tile in our house has either gray or brown grout, so it’s surprisingly easy to keep looking clean as long as we keep at it monthly.

  60. Ewa
    August 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    Great tips and beautiful bathrooms. Personally, cleaning the bathroom is my regular pain, maybe because it does not look as beautiful as this.

  61. Sush
    August 17, 2020 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    As always, this is a very resourceful and helpful post! Loved your tips

  62. Basu
    August 18, 2020 at 12:30 am — Reply

    In these times when you cannot get outsiders to clean your house this is such a valuable tips

  63. Neecee B
    August 18, 2020 at 11:41 am — Reply

    Great information.

  64. Mrs D
    August 21, 2020 at 5:10 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing this.
    I always find brushing with a rubber broom is best for cleaning floors, especially for hairs.
    Some great tips on cleaning agents, thanks you

  65. Jane
    August 21, 2020 at 8:13 am — Reply

    I find cleaning bathrooms can be the trickiest of all the rooms, these are great tips to follow especially about not ignoring grout lines.

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