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How Can I Get My Shower Tile to Shine?

Kerry O'Donnell

Remember how shiny those bathroom shower tiles were when they were first installed? Over time, ceramic tiles can lose their shine, becoming dingy looking. In most cases, the dullness is actually caused by soap scum buildup that you can remove with just a little bit of elbow grease and a couple of ordinary household products.

Cleaning the Tile

You can use everyday household products to bring the shine back to ceramic shower tiles.
  1. Mix together the salt, baking soda and vinegar to create a paste. Put the paste onto the sponge and scrub the tiles.

  2. Use the toothbrush or Q-tips to clean hard-to-reach places or corners. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before removing it.

  3. Use the bleach to remove any mold and mildew that has built up on the tiles. Apply the bleach directly to the area, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

  4. Apply lemon juice to the second sponge and wipe down all the tiles. This step will help create a shine to the tile. The citrus also helps to disinfect and repel mildew regrowth as well as leave the area clean and fresh smelling.

  5. Squeegee off the tile and dry the walls down after every shower in order to help keep the tiles clean and shiny.