Modern Fixes: How to clean tiles

Tiles are one of the most popular wall and floor coverings for bathrooms, so how do you keep them in tip-top condition?

In our latest “Modern Fixes” article, we’ve come up with some simple tips, which will show you how to clean old tiles in your bathroom, to bring back sparkle and help remove dirt and mould from grout lines.

The best way to prevent grime build-up on your floor tiles is to regularly mop with everyday floor cleaner and wipe down wall tiles regularly. It's a great way to keep old bathroom tiles looking new.

As wall tiles and floor tiles can be cleaned in slightly different ways, we’ve split this “how to” guide into 2 separate sections, each with its own step-by-step video.


Things you’ll need:

  • Cleaning sponge, cloth or old towel
  • Mop and bucket (for floor tiles only)
  • Standard household cleaner
  • Toothbrush
  • Water

If you’d like to make a natural cleaner, you will require:

  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar

How to clean floor tiles step-by-step video



Here’s how to clean floor tiles

By following these simple steps, we'll show you how to clean old tiles to bring back their sparkle.

  1. Fill your mop bucket with warm water and use about half the recommended amount of cleaner. This will prevent sticky and slippery floors once dry.

Adding cleaner to your mop bucket

  1. Soak your mop with the solution and wring out until most of the water has drained.

Wringing out your mop

  1. Mop your floor tiles using a figure of eight pattern. This will trap dust and debris.

Mopping your floor tiles

  1. Rinse the mop throughout this process, working back towards the doorway.

Rinsing your mop

  1. For dirt in grout lines, mix water, lemon juice and baking soda into a paste and apply to the grout.

Applying paste to grout lines

  1. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub the grout lines with a toothbrush (making sure it’s not one that’s currently used for teeth!). For more stubborn stains, mix in a little extra lemon juice. This acts as a natural whitener.

Scrubbing grout with a toothbrush

  1. Wipe away the cleaned area with sponge, cloth or old towel to reveal a sparkling, fresh grout line.

Wiping your tiles

Congratulations, you have now cleaned your floor tiles.


How to clean wall tiles step-by-step video

Watch this short video to see how to clean old tiles and bring back that shine.



Here’s how to clean wall tiles

Follow these simple steps which show you how to clean old tiles, bringing a fresh new look to your bathroom.

  1. To make a natural cleaner, you will need some baking soda, lemon juice and white vinegar. Mix 2 spoons of baking soda with 500ml of water.

Natural tile cleaner ingredients

  1. Once dissolved, add a splash of vinegar to the mixture, then some lemon juice and stir thoroughly.

Stirring your natural tile cleaner

  1. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and apply to the tiles.

Pouring mixture into a spray bottle

  1. Let this stand for 30 minutes then scrub the surface with a sponge or old towel (make sure it’s clean).

Sponging tiles

  1. For dirt in grout lines, mix water, lemon juice and baking soda into a paste and apply to the grout. The lemon juice acts as a natural whitener.

Mixing paste

  1. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub the grout lines with a toothbrush.

Scrubbing grout lines with a toothbrush

  1. Wipe away the cleaned area to reveal a sparkling, fresh grout line.

Wiping away the cleaned area

Congratulations, you have now cleaned your wall tiles.


More Modern Fixes for your bathroom

For more easy ways to maintain a beautiful-looking bathroom, why not check out our Switches and Fixes hub? Or, click on any of the links below, and discover more “how to” video guides.

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