How to clean bathroom tiles

How to clean bathroom tiles



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If you want to know how to clean bathroom tiles effectively, read carefully all the recommendations and natural remedies we offer you in this post. 

We are tile manufacturers with more than 70 years of experience in the ceramic sector and with 4 internationally recognized brands: Azulev, XLAM, Sanchis and Bath. The first three brands are dedicated to the production of porcelain wall and floor tiles and the last one, Bath, to the latest generation of bathroom equipment. 

Porcelánico de madera Autumn de Azulev
Autumn series from the Wood Emotions collection by Azulev

So, do not hesitate to follow these instructions, because who better than a tile factory, with more than half a century of dedication to the production of ceramic tiles, to give advice on how to protect, clean, maintain and return the flooring and/or wall tiling to its original characteristics.

Tips for cleaning bathroom tiles

Lime, soap scum, mildew, mold, fungus or dirt concentrated in the tile joint are the enemies to be beaten in order to have a bright and immaculate bathroom. 

To effectively clean bathroom tiles we can use specific cleaning products or we can use products that we usually have in the kitchen, such as vinegar, baking soda or oil. We can also use general pharmaceutical products such as hydrogen peroxide. 

In this post, you will learn the most effective ways to clean bathroom tiles to make them shiny using products we usually have at home or that we can make ourselves by mixing two or three ingredients, easily and simply. 

Ways to remove lime from tiles

limpieza de azulejos porcelánicos Ageless de Azulev
Ageless collection of our brand Azulev

Lime stains on bathroom tiles are very common. They are quite annoying, because they are often difficult to remove.

One of the most effective ways to remove limescale stains on these surfaces is to use water mixed with white vinegar. Once the solution has been prepared, soak a cloth in it and clean the tiles thoroughly. To finish, it is recommended to wipe with a damp cloth to remove any remains.

If there is a lot of limescale buildup, it is advisable to use hot vinegar. After thorough cleaning of the wall, rub the surface with a dry cloth. That makes the tiling shiny.

Another way is to mix the vinegar with liquid soap or dishwasher, in equal proportions. Shake or stir the mixture well and it is ready to use. The result is better if you rub it with a sponge. It is a good idea to leave the mixture on the tiles for a few minutes and then wipe it with a cloth soaked in water.

How To Clean Very Dirty Bathroom Tiles 

When there are stains of lime and also of grease or other dirt on the tiles, ammonia is recommended. To do this, a container is prepared with water and a jet of ammonia is poured into it. The surface is then cleaned with this mixture and the help of a sponge or cloth. Finally, wipe with a cloth soaked in water to remove any ammonia residue and wipe dry with a cloth.

If ammonia is used, care should be taken, as it is a corrosive product. It is essential to wear gloves when handling it and to avoid splashing it on the skin and, especially, in the eyes.

It is also important to have the room ventilated. Above all, you should avoid breathing ammonia fumes.

Cleaning the tiles with alternative products

Incredibly, some products are well suited for cleaning tiled surfaces. Like this:

Burn alcohol

Applied with a cotton cloth, it leaves the tiles very shiny. But make sure that the rag does not release lint. You can also make a mixture with the following ingredients: alcohol and ammonia in equal parts, a jet of detergent and about half a liter of water.

Water vapour

Vapour-type appliances are very efficient at cleaning tiled surfaces. They also clean the joints very well, which is where the dirt resists most. When these are made of silicone, it is advisable to spray them briefly, so as not to damage the material. Finish by drying the surface with a cloth.

How to do a quick clean

If you want to know how to clean bathroom tiles quickly, one way to clean tiles is to rub them with alcohol, with the help of a cloth, right after the shower. The steam released by the hot water in the shower will have softened the dirt, which will be easily removed with the alcohol-impregnated cloth.

Eliminate mold and mildew stains

Mold stains are very unpleasant to the eye, as they blacken the whole and give the impression of dirt. The worst thing is that they are very persistent and are not usually well disposed of with conventional products purchased in shops.

However, there are some all-natural, proven remedies available. 

You can use the following natural remedies to clean bathroom tiles with mildew or mold stains: 

Sodium bicarbonate

The best way to apply it is to dissolve it in water and apply it with a sprayer. Baking soda absorbs moisture and, with it, mold. It is convenient to rub with a small brush, which can be an old toothbrush, for example.


Vinegar for cleaning tiles has already been mentioned above. To act more effectively against fungi, it can be applied directly, without diluting. Wait a while for it to act, then rub it with a cloth.

Boric acid or borax

Due to its antifungal power, it is often used in deodorant powders for feet and shoes. In this case, it is best to use it dissolved in water, in the following proportion: half a glass of borax for half a litre of water. After applying the mixture, let it act and then rinse well with a cloth or sponge and water.

Hydrogen peroxide

The best thing about hydrogen peroxide is that it kills mold without releasing toxic gases. It is only necessary to apply it on the areas that present these humidities and to let it act during 15 minutes, approximately. It can be spread with a cloth or, even more practical, by using a sprayer. Finally, rub it with a small brush.

How to get some shiny bathroom tiles

If you want to know how to clean the bathroom tiles to make them shiny, read carefully the different solutions we propose in this article. 

When our bathroom tiles are very dirty, the first step will be to remove any traces of dirt from the tiles or from the joints of the tiles, with any of the natural remedies we propose. 

Limpieza de porcelánico de mármol
Calacatta Collection of our XLAM large format brand

Once all limescale, mildew and stains have been removed, glass cleaning liquid can be applied with a clean, dry cloth. In this way, we will obtain a perfect result. 

Another product that contributes to the shine of surfaces is vinegar, a traditional resource already used by our grandmothers. 

Again, remember that shine is only possible if the surface is perfectly clean.

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Do's and Don'ts of Tile Cleaning

Always follow these recommendations when cleaning bathroom tiles: 

  • Before using a particular mixture or product, it is a good idea to ensure that the material to be cleaned is not damaged. For example, caution should be exercised with bleach or ammonia, as both can attack the material that supports the design.  Caution: ammonia and bleach must never be mixed, as together they give off highly toxic vapours.
  • Caution must be exercised when using corrosive products. They should be handled with gloves and should not splash the skin, especially the eyes. Also, keep the bathroom well ventilated.
  • Avoid the use of tools that can scratch the surface. Therefore, do not use scraping or scratching objects, such as metal scourers (such as lullabies), punches, scissors, knives and the like. 
  • Avoid using overly abrasive products on all surfaces. It is advisable to test in a very limited area to check the result before applying them to the entire surface.


Cleaning other surfaces: porcelain stoneware floors

Porcelain stoneware flooring does not require very special care, it is sufficient to clean it periodically with water and detergent.

A first piece of advice when using porcelain flooring for the first time is to clean it well, avoiding the use of acid or abrasive products, especially if it has just been laid. On the other hand, it does admit abundant water, since porcelain stoneware is not very porous. This will remove the remains of the work.

Afterwards it can be cleaned with water and some product. It is worth asking the professional installers or the manufacturer what type of products are most recommended for this type of cleaning.

If there are stains or anything stuck to the flooring, it can be rubbed with a plastic brush or green pad.

With regard to the cleaner, it is advisable to use a pH neutral soap. Before scrubbing, remove surface dirt with a broom or vacuum cleaner. The mop can then be mopped, always squeezed well.

For the maintenance of the floors it is suitable to dry mop. This removes dust and footprints as well.

Plenty of water and a few soapy products will be enough to clean properly.

azulejos de castellón Sanchis
Sanchis Imagine Collection

After installation, it is essential to clean it thoroughly. Then, after the time recommended by the installer for curing the joints has elapsed, the joints can be cleaned with a neutral product.

The dry mop is a great ally to polish the surface, always after convenient cleaning, following the instructions above: vacuum cleaner or broom, mop or wipe and finally the mop.

More information in our post 5 Tips for cleaning porcelain stoneware


How to Clean Bathroom Tiles with Vinegar

As we have mentioned in previous paragraphs, vinegar is one of the main natural products that we can use to clean the bathroom tiles and make them shiny. 

Cleaning the tiles with vinegar is advisable when the tiles have limescale or mould stains, but it also serves to polish the tiles once they are clean.  

Ways to apply the vinegar to clean the tiles: 

  • Undiluted vinage. It is especially recommended to remove fungus or mold stains. 
  • Mixed with water. To clean the lime stains on the tiles, it is very effective to use white vinegar mixed with water. 
  • Hot vinegar. To clean coatings with large limescale buildup, it is recommended to use hot vinegar. Once spread on the wall, rub the tiles with a dry cloth. 
  • With liquid soap or dishwasher. Mixing vinegar with soap, in equal parts, is an effective remedy for an excellent result. After rubbing the tiles with the mixture, rinse the surface with a cloth soaked in water. 

Notwithstanding the above, we recommend that you contact the point of sale where you purchased the product for advice on this subject.

We hope that, among all these solutions for cleaning bathroom tiles, you will find a way to remove dirt and polish the tiles in your bathroom that best suits your needs. However, if you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are manufacturers of ceramics in Castellón and we are specialized in the production of high quality porcelain materials and innovation, always respecting the environment and aspiring to create modern spaces where to live fully.