Is It Safe to Use Soft Scrub on My Ceramic Tile?
Over time and with years of use, ceramic tile can start to look dirty and stained, no matter how much you sweep and mop. Soft Scrub is a brand of products for cleaning a variety of surfaces, from toilet bowls to kitchen countertops. If you already use a Soft Scrub product on other surfaces in your home and like the results, you may wonder whether the same product can get your ceramic tiles looking new again. Fortunately, the answer is yes.
How it Works
Soft Scrub is a very mild abrasive, so while it has scrubbing power, it won't leave scratches on your surfaces. However, you may find that even without a bit of scrubbing, Soft Scrub will make a noticeable difference on your floors, because the powerful chemicals in this line of cleaners can penetrate ceramic tiles, which are porous, getting out dirt and grime that has settled in deep.
The Soft Scrub website's surface search function reveals that different Soft Scrub products can be used on ceramic tiles. These are Total Bath & Bowl, Total Kitchen, Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleaner, Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleaner Mountain Breeze, Soft Scrub with Baking Soda, Gel with Bleach Cleanser and Bleach Clean Gel Spray.
The Soft Scrub website recommends applying the product with a wet sponge or cloth. Rub it into your ceramic tiles gently. You don't want to scrub too hard, because you could create tiny surface scratches on your floors that will keep it from reaching their shiny best. Also, avoid prolonged contact recommends the website. Once your tiles are clean, rinse them with water. This will also help avoid getting a filmy residue.
Soft Scrub products, like other commercial cleaners, tend to have a strong smell. This can cause you to become dizzy when you are working in an enclosed space, like a bathroom. Worse yet, the smell can linger for quite a while. Thus, when possible, make sure to open any windows and fan vents before cleaning your ceramic tiles with Soft Scrub. Additionally, make sure any small children and pets are out of the room. The cleaner can end up on their feet or paws and cause irritation. Worse yet, it could end up in their mouths (pets lick their paws; kids could touch the floor and then put their fingers in their mouths) and require medical attention.
Cynthia Gomez has been writing and editing professionally for more than a decade. She is currently an editor at a major publishing company, where she works on various trade journals. Gomez also spent many years working as a newspaper reporter. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northeastern University.
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