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How to Clean Bathroom Tile before Your Guests Arrive

If you've ever hosted a holiday party or large family gathering, then you know what it's like to be knee-deep in preparations. Getting ready for overnight guests adds a few items to your already long to-do list, including sprucing up your bathrooms and spare bedrooms. If your bathrooms, in particular, could benefit from a deep cleaning, here's a guide on how to clean bathroom tile and grout so that it shines for your guests.

Use a Mild Cleaner

You probably love the easy maintenance of tile in your bathroom. Tile is a popular material for the bathroom because it's easy to care for and because it holds up well against spills and steam. Giving your tile a deep cleaning on a regular basis will ensure that your tile always looks its best.

After sweeping away lingering dust, examine the tile for areas that may need additional cleaning. Start by using water and a mild, nonacidic household cleaner. For unglazed tile, a specially formulated tile and grout cleaner should be used for the best results. Generally, using a mild cleaner and then rinsing it with water is all it takes to get your tile looking as good as new.

Tackle Grout Lines

Cleaning grout lines can take a little time and energy. Grout is a cement-based material, and it can absorb spills. For this reason, you may want to consider sealing your grout, which will help to repel stains and preserve the color. When you clean the grout, use a small toothbrush or scrub brush to loosen and remove any dirt that's trapped between the tiles. Again, it's best to start with a mild cleaning solution, and then rinse it off with clean water.

Once your grout is clean and dry, reapply the sealant if needed. If your grout color has faded, you may want to consider purchasing a grout stain, which is an epoxy-based product that's specifically designed to penetrate into the grout and seal the surface with a permanent color.

Clean Natural Stone Tiles Carefully

If your bathroom features natural stone tile, cleaning should be performed with extra care. It's a good idea to consult the manufacturer's recommendations on how to clean any natural stone product. Abrasive materials can scratch natural stone tiles, so using a gentle technique is required. The cleaner you choose to use should never contain acid or bleach. Instead, opt for a solution that's made exclusively for stone tiles.

Brighten Up Glass

Glass tile can show water spots or soap residue, but luckily, this material is relatively easy to clean. To brighten the look of your glass tile, you can use any household cleaner that's made for glass. To avoid scratching the surface, you'll want to stay away from abrasive cleaners.

Check the Caulk

After cleaning your tile and grout, don't forget to check your bathroom caulk, as well. Caulk around the tub, shower, or vanity area may show mold or mildew. If so, you can remove it and replace it before guests arrive. Keep in mind that caulk and sealers take a few days to dry, so it's best to clean your guest bathroom well in advance of your guests' arrival.

If you've been wondering how to clean bathroom tile, use these tips to get started. Take your time and clean each material separately. You and your guests will love a bathroom that features shiny, like-new tile.

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