If there is one thing people don’t like to do – it’s cleaning bathrooms. It takes a lot of time, the results are rarely satisfying, and it is simply gross scrubbing toilets or trying to get rid of all the water stains from the bathroom tiles.
However, the “sad” truth is – you have to do it. According to various research, to keep things healthy and keep germs and bacteria at a safe level, you need to thoroughly clean your bathroom at least once every two weeks. Now, we know what you’re thinking – who has time for that?
It’s true, you’re living a busy lifestyle, you work more than 8 hours a day, and you simply can’t be bothered to spend your Sundays scrubbing bathroom tiles, and let’s face it – a cleaning lady is just too expensive for most of us.
Well, if we are perfectly honest – we can’t help you with that. But, what we can do is give you a few tips on how you can clean your bathroom tiles faster, more efficient, and ultimately a lot better. So, let’s give that a try, shall we?
1. Spray It All Down
When it comes to cleaning the tiles in your shower, the best thing you can do is run hot water all over your tiles. This should help you to get rid of the stains and germs a lot faster than if you were just to start scrubbing drywall.
Another thing you can do is just let your shower run for 5 to 10 minutes to steam up the bathroom. This will do pretty much the same thing; only you’ll make a little bit less of a mess if you can call getting your shower tiles wet a mess. Or, you can do both – it’s all up to you.
2. Apply Cleaning Solution To Wet Or Steamed Tiles
Once you’ve got your tiles all wet and hot – it’s time to move on to cleaning. You are probably going to want to use some store-bought cleaner for some stubborn stains, and the best way to make sure they come off is to apply the cleaning solution right after you’re done with steaming or spraying the walls.
Now, you’ll want to make sure to use protective gloves during cleaning as most cleaning solutions we use to clean our bathroom as very harsh on the skin. You can even grab a mask and put it over your mouth and nose to dull down the horrid smell most of these have.
3. Call A Pro
Now, we know we said that calling up someone else to do the cleaning for you isn’t always budget-friendly. However, we would advise you to hire a professional cleaning crew once in a while. Not every week or even every month, but once or twice a year – why not? Cleaning experts like Carters would definitely say that hiring a cleaning crew once a year would make a significant difference.
Professionals will certainly do a much better job of virtually sterilizing your bathroom. After they’re done – you’re probably going to think you can put off remodeling for a few more years. What’s even better, you won’t have to lift a finger.
4. Use A Toothbrush
Now, contrary to what you may have seen in movies, a toothbrush isn’t actually that useful when it comes to cleaning toilets. However, when it comes to cleaning tiles – it can do wonders. Do you know how mold forms in the gaps between the tiles? Well, you can easily clean all that up with a simple toothbrush. Granted, this will be a long and tedious chore, as you’ll have to individual scrub each gap, but the good thing is – you only have to do this once or twice a year.
The grout that’s between the gaps doesn’t get that dirty, and the mold can form only so quickly. So, if you really want to give your bathroom tiles a thorough cleaning – grab an old, used toothbrush or just get a new one that you’ll use for this purpose only and get to scrubbing. A pro tip! If you want to speed this process up – you can. You will need a drill and some sort of a brush that you can attach to the drill so that you can clean a lot more efficiently without tiring your hands.
5. Use Baking Soda And Vinegar
You don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive cleaning solutions. Sure, you might want to use something strong and anti-bacterial when it comes to cleaning a toilet, but for floor and wall tiles – you can make your own cleaning solution.
Baking soda and vinegar can be found in pretty much every household on the planet. If you don’t have one of these in your home – stop what you’re doing, go get it, and then come back to this article. All jokes aside, baking soda and vinegar are your best friends when it comes to a DIY cleaning solution.
However, contrary to what you might have seen on the internet – don’t mix these two together. They really don’t work well. Use them in a mixture with water, not one with the other. It’s not only that baking soda will start foaming, but the two actually cancel each other out, and when mixed – you basically get salty water. The foaming is just carbon dioxide being released.
6. Use Toothpaste
Once again – back to the oral hygiene. You’ll want to use toothpaste in combo with a toothbrush when cleaning the gaps between the tiles. It’ll do a pretty good job at removing mold or any other kind of dirt. Just give it a good scrub and rinse after you’re done. That should do a pretty decent job for a fraction of the price of your average bathroom tile cleaning solution you can get from the store.
In the end, we just want to say this – if you do it more often, you’ll do it faster. It is much better to do a half an hour chore every Sunday than spend a whole day scrubbing the bathroom every two to three months. Put on some music and have fun with it.