Tips for Keeping Your Chandler Shower Tile Clean
Cleaning the shower is one of the most odious household tasks — perhaps only behind cleaning the toilet. After several showers a day (depending on how many are in your family) every single day, your shower starts to show the signs. Soap scum, mineral deposits, mold and mildew can all accumulate on the tile and stain the grout.
By committing to regular tile shower cleaning at home, you can keep your bathroom clean and looking its best, and you can avoid the expense of professional tile cleaning services. Here are a few tips for keeping your Chandler shower tile clean:
Filter the Water
Those who are on well water are especially susceptible to hard water, which can leave behind red or orange stains. You can manage this problem by installing a whole-house water filter. You may also need to install a water softener, which will use salt to remove iron from the water and minimize rust stains.
You will have to remember to replace the filter regularly or to keep the water softener full with salt, or else you will notice stains forming quickly.
If you color your hair at home, don’t rinse it out in the shower. The dye will stain the tile and the grout, and you may not be able to remove the stain.
Dyes can also be found in sources you might not think of, such as shampoos, conditioners and body washes. Choose natural body and hair care products that are free of dyes to protect your tile.
Avoid Harsh Cleansers
Bleach, ammonia and other strong cleaners might get your tile and grout clean, but these cleaners can also strip the sealant. Without that sealant, the tile and grout are less able to repel water, which makes them more vulnerable to mildew and staining.
Use simple and natural cleaners, such as a mixture of vinegar and water (one-third vinegar and two-thirds water) or even just straight, boiled white vinegar. A stiff brush and a little elbow grease will get the tile and grout clean without destroying the surface.
Re-Seal the Grout Regularly
Your grout is sealed when the tile is installed, but cleansers and the simple passage of time can cause the sealant to erode, leaving your tile and grout vulnerable to staining. Buy a grout sealant from your local home improvement store, and re-seal the grout once or twice a year. If you are lacking time or skills, your local tile and grout cleaning professionals can help. Re-sealing the grout will protect it against staining and will make it easier to clean.
Minimize Water Exposure
Your shower will be bathed in water every day, but you should try to keep it as dry as possible between use. You can do this by turning on the vent fan in your bathroom during and after your shower. You can also mount a squeegee in your shower and squeeze water into the drain after each use.
Minimizing water exposure will limit the growth of mildew and other bacteria that can stain your tile and grout.
Being proactive is the best way to keep your shower tile clean and to prevent staining. However, even the best cleaning habits can’t prevent wear and tear over time. Desert Tile and Grout Care offers Chandler tile cleaning services that will rejuvenate your shower, reviving the beautiful color of your tile and removing stains in your grout. Our tile shower cleaning can make your tile look as good as the day it was installed, helping you to avoid expensive re-grouting. Call us today to learn more about our tile and grout cleaning services.