How to Clean Bathroom Floor Tiles


Clean floor tile makes a bathroom shine.
The bathroom is one of the few rooms in the house that can't be avoided when it gets dirty. Bathroom stains like soap scum, mold and mildew can't be easily swept under the rug and may even make a bathroom less sanitary. A common feature of many bathrooms is tile flooring. Tile provides a good level of moisture resistance, but, over time, even tile can be affected by moisture and develop mold and other stubborn stains.

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Bucket
  • Stiff brush
  • Water
  • Cotton rags or paper towels
Use a stiff bristle brush to apply an all purpose cleaning product to the tile floor, starting at the end furthest from the door and working your way to the door.

Use cotton rags or paper towels to dry the floor. The first cleaning should remove any dust, dirt and other physical particles from the floor's surface.

Create a mixture of oxygen bleach and water in a large bucket. Follow the instructions on the bleach container to create the mixture; some bleach comes in liquid form and some comes in a powder; each one may vary in the ratio of water to product. If you use powdered bleach, make sure it is fully dissolved before use.

Go back to the far end of the floor, and use a stiff bristle brush to scrub the tiles with bleach; continue down the floor toward the door in the same manner as the first cleaning. Give extra scrubbing to grout lines as they sometimes have more stains.

Assess the cleanliness of the floor; if the stains are gone, dry the floor with cotton rags or paper towels. To finish cleaning, if there are still stains, allow the bleach to sit on the tile for 15 to 30 minutes.

Scrub the floor again, and apply more bleach if the stains remain after step 5. Repeat the process of scrubbing and allowing the bleach to sit for 15 to 30 minutes until stains are gone.

Dry the floor with cotton rags or paper towels to finish cleaning.

Tips and Warnings

  • Stubborn stains that have been set in for a long time may take multiple cleanings and extra scrubbing to remove.
  • Oxygen bleach is nontoxic, but chlorine bleach is toxic.

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