Finding the Best Way to Clean Shower Tile
You come home after a great night out and stay the night at a family friend’s house because it’s too late to drive home. “Feel free to use the shower!” the friend insists. Of course, you quickly grab a towel, stepping into the bathroom ready to unwind. But then you pull open the shower curtain to a repulsive horror show blackened by mold, mildew and suddenly, a bit of mild anxiety. We’ve all experienced the unpleasant discomfort of stepping into a dirty shower. Whether it is for your friend’s sake or even your own, it is time to buckle down and learn the best way to clean shower tile while maintaining that cleanliness.
Before we dive deep into these cleaning methods, we must throw the bleach and aerosol cans out the door— they are killing the environment. Without further ado, here are a couple of eco-friendly cleaning solutions to feel comfortable in the shower again.
Vinegar and Epsom Salt
Often regarded as the magical clean-all, white vinegar certainly holds up against grimy shower tile almost by itself. But for those tougher-to-clean cracks and mildew covered spaces, mixing in Epsom salt will scrub most moldy messes away. Though it is used predominantly for its therapeutic qualities in baths and self-care, the abrasive texture of Epsom salt serves as a great go-to for scrubbing dirty surfaces. When combined with the extreme acidity of white vinegar, a white vinegar and Epsom salt solution may very well be the best way to clean shower tile.
Peroxide and Baking Soda
Your shower may be spick and span, but admit it—the pungent smell of white vinegar lingers too heavily. We may have an alternate, better-smelling solution for you. Primarily used to treat wounds due to its anti-bacterial benefits, hydrogen peroxide is becoming a popular tool for cleaning mold, fungus, and mildew around the house. When your shower tile becomes covered by those mentioned above, you now know to turn to peroxide. Unlike white vinegar, peroxide is odorless but can disinfect equally well, if not more. For better results, mix in baking soda until the solution turns into a paste-like substance. Adding baking soda will give the cleanser a course like quality to better remove any hard-to-reach areas.
If your tile still appears too far gone after hours of painstaking scrubbing, simply give J.J. Marble a call and we can provide you with the perfect tile—marble or stone— to restore your shower to its gleaming glory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about the amazing things that can be done to meet your shower and other tile restoration needs.