Guide to Cleaning a Shower Floor Tile Effectively

Cleaning and maintaining the bathroom is probably one of the most exhausting and demanding tasks at home. This may be an even more challenging task if you don’t know how to clean your shower floor tiles properly.

You may have purchased your shower tiles because it looks nice and it suits your aesthetic taste. However, you may notice that the color fades or the coating chips off after quite some time.

One reason for these phenomenons may be the way you scrub your shower floor tiles (and walls). Another is as to what product/s you’re using to maintain the beauty of your shower tiles.

Using very harsh products may not just stain your clean shower floor tile but also cause the top coating to fade or crack.

To further understand your shower tiles and how to clean them properly, we’ve prepared this guide to help you.

The Most Common Types of Shower Tile and How to Properly Clean Them

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Reimagine that day when you went to the tile shop and wanted to purchase a couple of boxes to use for your bathroom renovation or your new house’s bath. How did you pick the best tile? Was it because it’s strikingly good, is it about the material, or is it because the architect told you so?

As you may have seen that day, there are different shower floor tiles to choose from. Each one has different textures, sizes, designs, and even shapes.

It may be a no-brainer to choose what’s the real deal if you’re judging based on your liking. But if you’ve done research or consulted a professional, you may be able to distinguish which one would really suit your shower floors.

Each type of shower tile has a unique look and a distinct way of cleaning method. You might think that just a spoonful of bleach in a bucket of water would do the trick in keeping the surface of your shower floors squeaky clean. Then you would realize later on that your tiles got some streaks from using chlorine.

For most instances, you may not be able to save your precious shower tile and might just replace it with a new one. To prevent this from happening, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to clean the most common shower floor tiles found at home.

Vinyl Tiles

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Vinyl tiles are probably one of the most economical and low-maintenance floor tiles there are. When installed, they imitate the appearance of wood, marble, or any other material, which makes them the perfect choice for a budget-friendly bathroom tile.

Vinyl shower floors are the best option for homes with kids as it is slip-resistant and is easy to clean.

How to properly clean your vinyl shower tile:

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There are a lot of floor tile cleaners available in the market, and most of them effectively do the work without causing damage to your vinyl shower floor. But if you have lots of time, you can make your own cleaning solution and keep your bathroom tile clean all the time.

What you will need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a bucket, mix in a gallon of warm water and a cup of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Use a mop to wipe the solution across the shower floor surface.
  3. If you have stains that you want to remove on your vinyl tiles, you can repeat step 1 but in a different bucket and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
  4. After wiping the floor with soapy water, make sure to rinse it with the vinegar solution using the mop.

Reminder: Always let your floor dry completely before stepping on it to avoid any accidents.

Marble Tiles

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If you’re looking for classic beauty, you might have laid your eyes on marble tile flooring. Although it costs more than what most shower floors could get, it would deliver a superb quality because it’s durable and might be the easiest shower tile to clean because of its almost stain-resistant feature.

How to properly clean your marble shower floor:

The only thing you need to remember when cleaning your marble shower floor is that it is very sensitive to acids. Unlike other floor tiles, marble is susceptible to stains when cleaned with vinegar (acidic) and baking soda (alkaline).

To prevent permanent stains from ruining the exquisite patterns on your marble shower floor tile here’s all you have to do.

What you will need:

  • Ammonia/mild dish soap/12% hydrogen peroxide
  • Warm water
  • Cotton cloth

Directions:

  1. In a bucket, mix in a half-gallon of warm water with half a cup of any of the three: ammonia/mild dish soap/12% hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Wipe the shower floor surface using a cotton cloth soaked in the solution.
  3. Let it dry and polish as desired.

Warning: Although baking soda is good at removing tough stains on a marble floor tile, it could leave permanent marks on your shower floor. So it’s best to stick to a pH-balanced cleaning solution as mentioned above.

Mosaic Tiles

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Mosaic tiles are probably one of the most popular tile type these days. It may consist of smaller pieces of different materials. The overall design of mosaic tiles mostly creates a unique modern texture due to its pattern and bold colors.

This type of floor tile requires more grout when installed because of the smaller tiles put together. With that said, the grout around the tiling might get grimy if not cleaned regularly.

How to properly clean your mosaic shower floor tile:

What you will need:

  • Powdered detergent
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean cloth

Directions:

  1. In a spray bottle, add two cups of water and a tablespoon of powdered detergent.
  2. Spritz the solution onto the shower wall or floor tile.
  3. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.
  4. If you have kids at home, you might want to rinse the shower floor first before wiping it dry to prevent it from being extra slippery.

Mosaic tiles show even the faintest signs of dirt, so you would most likely save time and know when to clean. Don’t worry about mosaics being cleaned every day because they can withstand heat and not absorb moisture.

Glass Shower Floor Tiles

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Glass shower floor tiles are probably the most low-maintenance out of all the items in this list. All you need is a good cleanser and a microfiber towel to get rid of the possible stains caused by soap scums or hard water.

But if you’re out of cleaning agents and you think that you already need to clean your glass shower floor, you can try this natural cleaning solution instead.

How to properly clean your glass shower floor tile:

What you will need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Vinegar

Directions:

  1. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of water and vinegar.
  2. Spray the vinegar solution onto the glass shower tile and let it sit for about ten minutes.
  3. If there are hard water stains or soap scum on any glass floor tile, use a soft brush or cloth and rub it onto the stained surface.
  4. After ten minutes, wipe the shower floor tile dry with a soft cloth.

Pro tip: To remove haze on your glass shower floor tile, use warm water for the vinegar solution and let it sit for ten minutes. Wipe it dry afterwards and see it shine!

Porcelain Tiles

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Porcelain can be used to create a beautiful effect. It comes in a variety of colors and can also be made to resemble real wood or natural stones, providing a more durable alternative to both.

You can achieve both matte and glossy effects according to your personal taste. Porcelain comes at a high price but is a worthwhile investment because it’s long-lasting.

If you want your bathroom tiles to last a long time, porcelain stoneware is the ideal material to choose. It is sturdy, durable, highly water-resistant, and does not scratch or stain easily.

How to properly clean your porcelain shower floor tile:

What you will need:

  • Mild detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Soft towel

Directions:

  1. Fill a bucket with a gallon of water. Add half a cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of mild detergent.
  2. Using a mop, wipe the solution onto the surface of the porcelain tile.
  3. Allow it to sit for around ten to fifteen minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Dry with a soft towel.

Warning: NEVER use bleach or ammonia when cleaning porcelain shower floor tiles. It would permanently stain and damage your bathroom floor.

Ceramic Shower Floor Tile

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When it comes to materials, ceramic and porcelain tiles are very similar. Ceramic tiles, on the other hand, use less finely ground components. This makes it slightly less robust and water-resistant, but it’s still one of the most durable tiling solutions when properly sealed.

One of the benefits of ceramic is that many different types of ceramic tiles may be utilized to create a seamless look on both shower walls and flooring.

Ceramic tiles are inexpensive and simple to maintain, and the great range of colors and styles available allows you to achieve a luxurious look for a lower price.

How to properly clean your ceramic shower wall and floor tile:

Most ceramic tiles don’t really need deep cleaning because of their top coating. However, the grout, which is usually white, should be cleaned at all times to prevent it from catching molds, grime, and other stains.

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • Warm (or hot) water

Directions:

  1. In a bucket, mix in a gallon of warm or hot water, two tablespoons of mild dish soap, and a spoonful of baking soda. Add four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to the solution.
  2. Pour the solution onto the bathroom floor or wipe it onto the shower walls with a soft towel. Leave it for at least ten minutes.
  3. Rinse the shower walls and floor with water and wipe it dry with a towel.

Pro Tip: In contrary to popular belief, vinegar is not good for cleaning ceramic tiles. This is because acids may damage the surface of your ceramic floor (and wall) tile, making it very sensitive to moisture and stains.

Plastic Laminate Shower Floor Tiles

If you’re renovating, plastic laminate tiles (also known as planks) are an excellent option. The tiles don’t considerably boost the height of the current floor making it easier to plan transitions from room to room.

How to properly clean your plastic laminate shower floor tile:

Laminate floor tiles, while sturdy and easy to clean, fall short when it comes to being moisture resistant.

To prevent your laminated tiles from being damaged due to water, here’s how you should clean them.

What you will need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Dry, absorbent cloth

Directions:

  1. In a spray bottle, mix in three parts water, one part rubbing alcohol, and a teaspoonful of dish soap. Shake it to incorporate well.
  2. Spritz some onto the surface of the laminated tile and wipe quickly with a dry absorbent cloth. This will leave your floor looking polished ad like-new.

Warning: Do not use more alcohol than water. This may cause damage to the surface of your laminated shower floor.

Making the right choice

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Knowing the benefits and drawbacks of different bathroom floor tile selections will help you make the best decision for your house.

Choose the best tile that will not be dangerously slippery when wet while also preventing water from seeping through the surface and causing harm. After that, making a final decision is usually a matter of finding the right mix of style and price.

Different tile materials have different compositions. While enjoying the aesthetic of your bathroom floor, it is a must that you know how to properly maintain it by using effective cleaning products and tools like The Crown Choice Cleaner. This will prevent any permanent stains from causing damages to your tile.

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