bathroom ceramic tiles

<p>I'll bet many of you have nicely updated bathrooms with the ceramic stone tiles on the walls and floors. How do you take care of it, clean it?</p>

<p>Yes we do…and I don’t (take care of it). I give my housekeeper white vinegar. Non toxic and, at full strength it works well.</p>

<p>Bar none, the best thing I’ve found to clean shower tile is a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and blue Dawn dishwashing liquid. Mix in a spray bottle. Some people heat the vinegar first, but I don’t. Spray down the walls before I shower, lightly scrub with a sponge while I shower, then squegee after. (caution - can be slippery)</p>

I use Method.

Does anyone have marble tile? I know I’ve been warned, but it’s so beautiful. It hasn’t been installed yet, so I might be able to return it.

I had marble tile in the bathroom in my previous house for 4 years. It was on the floor, throughout the shower and on the countertops. It held up fine, including getting some hair dye spilled on it. The cleaning lady cleaned it. She wouldn’t use a cleaner with bleach in it though.

I’ll take this opportunity to plug a homemade tile cleaner that works really well. I’ve used it on limestone tile and regular ceramic tile (but not the aforementioned marble) It really lifts off the dirt, much better than commercial cleaners I’ve used.

Homemade Tile and Grout Cleaner Ingredients: 4 cups water 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup vinegar

Directions: 1. Allow cleaning solution to sit on tile for 5 minutes 2. Scrub dirt/grime away using sponge or large scrubber 3. After scrubbing, rinse with water

I have porcelain tiles in my bathrooms and kitchen floor. Method tile cleaner works well and smells great.

Floor- I use a neutral cleaner in a bucket of water and a sponge roller mop- Zep, found at Home depot and Lowes.

Shower stall- I use Lysol bathroom cleaner- the one with citric acid. I tried another brand but disliked the smell (H like that smell better, but I’m the one doing the cleaning). Shower stalls typically need to have soap scum removed- hence the acids. Bleach isn’t needed to clean germs for us, like for a toilet. we are lucky that ours came with (and we kept) a second shower head with a hand sprayer that reaches the entire shower. I rinse soap from the walls very time I shower (I think H does too). Once a month cleaning- spray, wipe over surfaces with a sponge and rinse. We have obscure glass for the door- there is NO way I will ever squeegee a clear glass door (I can be instructed to and handed the tool, but too much work!).

Marble needs to be sealed, right? Slippery when wet- we have one inch square less slippery tiles. When you shop you can do research for slip coefficients and other tile factors. Our old floor tiles (where they were- a mix of vinyl and tile in house- plus carpet in most of the master bath) were smoother and more slippery.

Something I wish we had known for floor tiles- some have rougher edges between the grout lines than others. The details… Wall tiles for showers do not need to be floor rough or durable.