How to Take Care of a Tile Shower
When shopping for shower tile, you should choose tile that can stand up to the moisture and humidity that are all too common in the bathroom. Glass, mosaic and ceramic tiles are all popular choices because they are non-porous and beautiful. Slate, granite and marble are gorgeous and durable, but they are more expensive than other types of bathroom tile. Once your tile has been installed, it is important to give it proper care in order to increase its longevity. Tile replacement can be costly, so routine maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Use a soft towel or a squeegee to dry the shower walls after each use. This keeps the shower clean and prevents soap scum from building up. Also, keeping the shower clean and dry will protect against mold, which grows in a moist environment.
Clean the shower walls with a commercial shower cleaner at least once a week. Spray the walls with the cleaner, and leave it on for approximately five minutes before wiping the walls down with a sponge. Once the tile and grout appear clean, rinse the walls with warm water.
Spray the entire shower area with a homemade bleach solution once a month. To make the solution, mix 1 cup of bleach with 1 cup of water and pour the solution into an empty spray bottle. Leave the bleach mixture on the tile for approximately five minutes before rinsing the walls with warm water. This prevents the growth of mold and mildew, and adds to the life of your grout. Discard any remaining solution after you're done cleaning, because bleach loses its potency over time when mixed with water.
Inspect your shower area for broken spigots, spigot covers, soap dishes and shower doors. Also, look for any cracked or missing grout. Promptly fix any issues in order to save money on costly tile repair. Even a tiny crack in the grout can cause big problems if not taken care of quickly.
Things You Will Need
- Soft towel
- Commercial shower cleaner
- 1 cup bleach
- Test any new cleaners or scouring powders in a small, inconspicuous area before using them on the entire shower.
- Pay special attention to your grout, and keep it sparkling clean. Grout is porous, and attracts dirt, stains, mold, grease, bacteria and odors when not properly cleaned.
- Avoid using vinegar or ammonia to clean your shower. These harsh chemicals will cause discoloring of the grout.
- Never use colored cleaning products on unglazed ceramic tile.
- Use bleach cleansers for major cleanings only, not for weekly maintenance.