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How to Clean Kitchen and Bathroom Tiles

We're probably all agreed that tile cleaning isn't exactly a high-octane activity. It's doubtful everyone comes home from work, brimming with glee at the prospect of scrubbing their ceramics. But keeping your bathroom tiles and kitchen tiles clean is essential for a healthy and attractive living space. Over time, dirt, grime, and stains can build up on your tiles, making them look dull, tired, and unattractive. And no one wants that.

But don't worry! We're here to help you rescue your ceramic stunners or porcelain pretties and restore them to their former glory. And if done properly, possibly while rockin' out to one of your favourite playlists, your ceramics will be shining. And you might enjoy it. Maybe. Hopefully.

So, fill your brain with our top tile cleaning tips and techniques, and then get your gloves out, your soundtrack on, and dive in!

How to clean kitchen tiles

One of the things about kitchens is there tends to be a lot of grease. As hard as you try to keep your kitchen an oil-free oasis, that stuff just sticks to your surfaces, creating a film that dulls your finish and your style. Particularly if you have tiled splashbacks. One of the best de-greasers is actually something you probably use most days; washing up liquid. Its degreasing properties work wonders on your plates and are actually quite good at removing oily stains and films from other things too. Like kitchen tiles.

NB: This is a general guide for ceramic and porcelain tiles. For more specifics and advice for natural stone products, consult your tile manufacturer's guidelines.

Washing up liquid solution:

  1. Soak a cloth in a bowl of washing up solution and wring out.
  2. Wash your tiles all over with this cloth.
  3. Rinse out your cloth in the washing up liquid solution when it gets too mucky, so you're not just moving the grease around.
  4. If your tile surface allows, use the rougher side of a non-scratch pan cleaner to remove the more stubborn grease marks.
  5. Buff to a smear-free finish with a microfibre cloth once done.

Bicarbonate of soda paste

This is a great all-rounder but not suitable for natural stone, so if your tiles are a natural stone product, please avoid this step. Instead, use a cleaner recommended by your tile manufacturer. 

  1. If some greasy marks remain, create a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and water.
  2. Use a cloth to apply this paste to the offending areas and scrub.
  3. Wipe away any residue with a clean cloth.
  4. Then buff to a smear-free finish with a microfibre cloth once done.

Ca' Pietra Deep Clean

If that fails, it's time to bring out the heavies. And by heavies, we mean Ca' Pietra Deep Clean. Suitable for all types of tiles, both indoor and outdoor, this tile cleaner is perfect for routine cleans and more serious stains alike.

  1. In mild cases and on absorbent surfaces: Dilute one part Deep Clean in 10 parts warm water. Apply with a cloth or mop. Then wipe off thoroughly with a clean damp cloth.
  2. In more severe cases: Dilute one part Deep Clean in 3 parts warm water. Apply liberally, spreading over the surface. If necessary rub with a stiff brush or emulsifying pad. Leave to react for 5-10 minutes, keeping wet with additional solution. Rub the surface again, mop up, and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  3. In extremely severe cases: Use undiluted and rub with a scrubbing brush or mechanical scrubber if necessary. Rinse the surface repeatedly with clean water after use.
Ca' Pietra Deep Clean bottle against a white background.

Cleaning Grout Lines

Ok, so you've tidied up your tiles, but what about your grout lines? Often overlooked, grout joints form an integral part of keeping your kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles in good shape. And while coloured grout hides a multitude of sins, if you're a stickler for the white stuff, you're going to need to brush up on your cleaning game. With bicarbonate of soda and a brush. 

Simply follow the guidelines for the bicarbonate of soda cleaning paste above and clean your grout lines with an old toothbrush or electric toothbrush. Your grout will be gleaming in no time.

How to clean bathroom tiles

Bathroom tiles need regular cleaning to keep them looking gorgeous. All that soap scum and limescale can take a toll on your tiles, making them dull and chalky. But as long as you keep on top of it, your bathroom will continue to be a sparkling oasis of loveliness. 

How to remove limescale from bathroom tiles

  1. Wipe off any debris from your bathroom wall tiles or bathroom floor tiles.
  2. Use a specialist limescale tile cleaner for your tile type or create a vinegar/ baking soda solution:
    • Combine vinegar and baking soda in a bowl to create a paste.
    • Brush the paste over your tiles and leave to allow the solution to break down any limescale and soap scum.
    • Wipe off the paste with warm water then dry and buff with a microfibre cloth.

And now to answer your burning tile cleaning questions...

What should you not clean tiles with?

While cleaning tiles, there are certain substances you should avoid using, as they can damage the surface or cause discoloration:

  • Abrasive cleaners: Avoid using harsh chemicals, bleach, or abrasive scrubbers that can scratch or dull the tiles.
  • Acidic cleaners: Although a popular DIY cleaner, vinegar can damage grout lines and natural stone when used alone as a cleaner.

Can you clean all material tiles the same? 

Not all tiles are created equal, and different materials may require specific cleaning methods. For example:

  • Porcelain and ceramic tiles: These are the most common types of tiles found in kitchens and bathrooms. They are relatively easy to clean and can withstand most cleaning solutions.
  • Natural stone tiles (e.g., marble, granite, travertine): As these tiles are more porous and delicate, they may need a tile sealant and gentle cleaning products. Avoid any acids and scratchy tools that may damage the surface. Consult the manufacturer's recommendations or seek professional advice for cleaning natural stone tiles. 
Ca' Pietra All Clean. Gentle tile cleaner for natural stone tiles 

How often do you need to clean bathroom and kitchen tiles?

How often you clean your kitchen tiles and your bathroom tiles depends on a few things; the level of usage, and the amount of dirt and moisture present. It's usually recommended to clean tiles in high-traffic areas at least once a week. But wiping up spills and regular light cleaning is always a good idea and means you can (hopefully) go longer between deep cleans.

Tile Cleaning 

Regular cleaning of kitchen and bathroom tiles is crucial for maintaining a fresh and inviting space. By using the right cleaning solutions, tools, and techniques, you can keep your kitchen tiles and bathroom tiles looking amazing. Just remember to avoid the abrasive surfaces and acidic substances for your delicate natural stone tiles and you're good. Then, with proper care and maintenance, your tiles will stay beautiful and in place for years to come.


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