How To Naturally Clean Shower Tile Grout
As always, Katie's Peachy Clean loves getting feedback from our fans and followers. Recently we got the question, “How do you clean a tile shower?” What an excellent question! There are all sorts of different cleaning products out there, but they don’t always get the job done how we would like. Here are some professional cleaning tips that are 100% natural. NO bleach. Contrary to popular belief, bleach doesn't actually get rid of mold and mildew. It just turns it white, but it will seep through and come right back. Our way of cleaning mold actually gets rid of it on the spot and prevents it from returning.
Best cleaning supplies to use:
Natural homemade tub and tile cleaner
Plastic grout brush
Towel for thorough drying
Steps for cleaning your tile shower:
Step 1: Pre-Scrub to Remove Soap Scum from Shower Doors and Tiles
Non-scratch sponges are great for removing soap scum from shower doors and tile in the bathroom. Before spraying down your shower, apply an all natural soap scum cleaner on your sponge. I like to make my own using baking soda, Castile soap, and orange essential oil. Throw all of that together in a bowl and mix with water until it has a cream consistency. Then bring that bowl into the shower with you, dip your sponge in it and start scrubbing all of your shower tiles. Don't put too much elbow grease into it yet, your just applying it with small amounts of pressure to get it loosened up a bit.
Step 2: Spray & Soak to Clean Mold and Mildew in Tile Grout
Pre-treat the entire shower surface with an all natural tub and tile cleaner, especially on areas of heavy buildup. For the spray I use vinegar and water in a bottle with some essential oil. Essential oils that are great at combating mold are: Cinnamon, Clove, Rosemary, Lemon, and Orange. Let it soak for fifteen minutes to penetrate the soap scum, mold and mildew lurking in the tile grout and on the shower tiles.
Step 3: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub!
Now that gunk on your shower doors, ceramic tile and walls is nice and loose, put those cleaning supplies to good use! Use the plastic grout brush to scrub all the shower grout. I reapply additional cleaner as needed for areas with stubborn mold and mildew while I scrub it with my grout brush. Scrub the tiles again with your non-scratch sponge, re wetting as needed.
Step 4: Rinse Off Excess Soap and Cleaning Products
Use hot, clean water to wash off the excess soap from shower doors and tiles. Letting the water run to a hotter temperature helps loosen leftover buildup.
Step 5: Dry
You just cleaned off the water spots, so why would you allow more water spots to form? Drying off the door and tiles is an essential step in cleaning your shower and should be something you do regularly to slow down the growth of mold, mildew and soap scum.
But of course, if all of this sounds like too much work for you or you just don't have the time for it, you can always hire a maid service!
Call today for a free no-hassle housecleaning quote! Katie's Peachy Clean serves Tulsa, OK and surrounding areas.
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