Bathroom tile cleaning tips

Updated February 21, 2017

Bathroom tiles come with their own set of cleaning woes. While they might be prone to dirt and germs, and located in an environment often filled with moisture, there are some tips for cleaning them that will help prevent the need to clean as frequently. Try a tip or two the next time you're cleaning your bathroom tile, and you'll soon find you're spending less time cleaning in the bathroom.


Always use a disinfectant cleaner when cleaning bathroom tile. Any surface within close proximity to even the cleanest of toilets requires a disinfectant. This will not only clean your tiles, but may help prevent the spreading of germs and illnesses as well.

Use a squeegee when cleaning bathroom tiles. It will help you achieve a streak-free shine without the work involved of drying the tiles by hand.


Prevent mould and mildew on your bathroom tiles by creating as dry an environment as possible. Make sure you have an exhaust fan that is in good running order, and ask everyone in the family to turn it on whenever they are showering or using excessive water in the bathroom. Keep a window open in the bathroom while showering if possible, and also allow clean fresh air into the room as frequently as you can. These simple steps will curb moisture which is key in keeping bathroom tiles clean.


To prevent bacteria from growing on your bathroom tiles, apply a thin layer of car wax with a clean rag after cleaning. The tiles will stay clean and shiny and resist dirt, as well as mould and mildew. Simply follow the directions on the car wax container, except use less product than you would for a car. If wax residue gets into the grout between the tiles, run your fingernail (covered with a clean cloth) over the grout to remove the wax build-up.

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Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.