How Can I Clean My Bathroom Tiles? A Guide |

Have you just splashed out on some beautiful (and expensive!) new bathroom tiles? If you have, then you’re probably wondering how can I keep my bathroom tiles clean and sparkling?

Because there’s nothing worse on the eye than dirty tiles.

In busy homes it can be hard to prevent dirt and grime building up.

So having the tools and knowledge to keep them looking the same way as the day they were laid is important.

This blog will tell you how.

how how can i clean my bathroom tiles is important if you're renovating your bathroom

What’s the best way of Cleaning my Bathroom Tiles?

The choice of how you want to clean your bathroom tiles is up to you, not me!

So, that’s why we’re going to suggest two solutions.

They are both equally as effective as cleaning dirt and grime and restoring that shiny look.

  1. Natural Solutions: More friendly on the environment and often cheaper
  2. Commerical Cleaners: A wide selection to choose from and often much stronger than natural solutions – both an advantage and disadvantage.

If you’re in the market for tiles to make your small bathroom look bigger, we’ve also got you covered.

Natural Solutions to Clean Bathroom Tiles

If eco-friendly cleaning methods are your thing, then listen up.

Natural solutions can be really, really effective and very safe for most tiles.

  • Vinegar & Water: Available in everyone’s house. Mix 50% water and 50% standard vinegar and you have a really effective cleaner to remove soapy scum and hard water stains. However, we recommend to avoid vinegar on natural stone tiles, if ye do have them, as the acidity can damage the surface of natural stone or polished surfaces.
  • Baking Soda Paste: Get some baking soda out of the press, mix it with water until you get a nice paste use it for tougher stains. Stick it on, let it sit for a few minutes then scrub lightly with a cloth. Repeat if necessary.

did you know that baking soda and water or vinegar is how I can clean my bathroom tiles

Commerical Cleaners for Bathroom Tiles

If you go into the cleaning section of any supermarket, you’ll be met with endless cleaners ensuring a sparkle-like finish!

There’s a few things to keep in mind before you pick one up:

  1. PH-Neutral Cleaners: These are safe for all tile types, including porcelain and ceramic tiles and natural stones. They will clean without damage to any sealant or surface.
  2. Tile-Specific Cleaners: If you’re looking for the exact type of cleaner for the tiles, there are plenty of formulated types for whatever type of tile you have. So make sure you read the label.

What is the Best Cleaner for Bathroom Tiles?

Again, this depends completely on your bathroom tiles and the level of dirt on them.

For quick, everyday cleaning, a mild dish soap with hot water is as good as any.

But if you’re talking mold or more persistent stains, you might consider a bleach solution (one part bleach to 10 water).

Remember: test any cleaner in a small hidden part of the room incase there’s a reaction.

If you want to clean the grout, this blog will tell you how.

cleaning grout is also important in knowing how I can clean my bathroom tiles

How Can I Clean My Bathroom Tiles and Keep Them Looking New: Step-By-Step

You don’t need professional help to keep your tiles looking shiny.

As we say at Ceramic City, ‘Clean as you go so you don’t have to go to clean’.

A little bit here and there will regularly do just that:

  • Wipe Down After Use: Prevent soap scum and hard water stains by wiping down tiles with a squeegee or towel after each use.
  • Deep Clean Regularly: Depending on usage, a monthly deep clean can help maintain the sparkle and prevent buildup in grout lines.
  • Seal Grout Annually: Protecting your grout with a sealer can prevent staining and make cleaning easier.

Here’s a little Step-By-Step to cleaning those bathroom tiles:

  1. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution: Depending on the cleaning needed, mix your chosen solution—be it a simple soap and water for light cleaning or a vinegar solution for deeper stains.
  2. Apply the Cleaner: Use a sponge or soft cloth to apply the cleaner to the tiles. For grout lines or tougher stains, a soft-bristled brush can be effective.
  3. Let It Sit: For tougher stains, let the cleaning solution sit on the tiles for a few minutes to break down the dirt.
  4. Scrub Gently: With a soft brush or cloth, scrub the tiles gently to remove the dirt. Pay special attention to grout lines and any textured surfaces.
  5. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the tiles with clean water to remove any residue from the cleaning solution.
  6. Dry the Tiles: Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe down the tiles, preventing water spots and bringing out the shine.

Oh, and we nearly forgot to mention – a small bit of elbow grease goes a long way 🙂 !

Tiles at Ceramic City are designed to last, but like everything that also depends on how the owner treats them.

If you’re thinking of using a steam mop on your porcelain tiles, check out this blog.


Before you go, you might enjoy this blog on the Most Popular Bathroom Tiles for 2024. 

We know how important bathrooms are in the modern Irish home.

So if you apply these skills we are confident you will never be wondering ‘how can I keep my bathroom tiles clean’ again.

If it’s kitchen tiles you want to clean, this blog on removing pesky oil stains might help?

Make sure you call into any Ceramic City showroom and talk to our experts and see our wide range of quality bathroom tiles.


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