During tile cleaning, Upstairs Downstairs suggests cleaning smaller tile spaces first, like enclosed showers or bathtubs, before moving onto larger areas like tile floors in bathrooms. Prepare for bathroom cleaning by using rubber cleaning gloves and clearing the tiled space in which you will be working. Turn on exhaust fans and open windows when working in confined spaces to circulate air flow to disburse strong cleaning agent chemical smells.
Cleaning Tile Grout
When tile cleaning, it is important first and foremost to clean tile grout.
Tile grout can get built up with daily shower use. Dirty water, residue from shampoos and soaps and a moist environment contribute to the increasing gunk which mandates grout cleaning. Clean grout is a main factor in clean tile. Upstairs Downstairs recommends to spray the tile grout and shower grout with a daily cleaning product made for the specific tile you have. Work the cleaning agent into the grout with a hard bristle scrubber to achieve effective grout cleaning. Clean grout is a foundational step in preventing mildew build-up. Use the scrubber brush to clean the tile floor as well. Shower cleaning and tile cleaning go hand and hand, as most showers are made of tile to decrease moldy build-up. For the remaining portion of the shower, clean tile and doors in the shower by using a squeegee after every shower use.
Shower grout should be cleaned before moving on to the greater tile area to avoid tracking dirt back into the shower. Instead of sweeping the tile floor during bathroom cleaning, vacuum the excess dirt and debris with a tile-safe vacuum on a low setting before mopping the bathroom floor, after finishing shower cleaning. Vacuuming collects a greater portion of dirt from the tiled space to make tile cleaning more effective. Wet tile will attract dirt and muddy the tile if left behind with brooms, while vacuums decrease this incidence by preventatively removing debris.
In tiled bathroom cleaning, the cleaning process can be done quite easily when all surface tile cleaning has been accomplished, in between visits from Upstairs Downstairs.