Do you have ceramic tile in your shower? If so, this is the perfect guide to help you keep your ceramic tile fresh and clean (and avoid costly repairs in the future).
Most grout is actually made with water repellency built in, which help maintain a clean and fresh look for years. In a perfect world, your grout should look shiny and bright forever! However, that’s not the case in most ceramic tile showers. Over time, as the grout repellency begins to erode, the grout will turn into water absorbing chalk like consistency.
So how do you keep your showers looking nice?
New Shampoo – Certain shampoos contain harmful dyes and coloring. Look at the ingredients list on the back of your shampoo bottle to see what your shampoo contains.
Cleaning Products – Harsh cleaners may make your grout look clean and fresh, but the chemical can strip away the water repellency. A mixture of white vinegar and water with a soft scrub brush will give you a better result in the long run.
Seal – To add water repellency back, consider resealing your grout. It’s best to reseal your grout 1-2 times a year, depending on how many times the shower is used.
Squeegee – Do you use a squeegee to remove water from the ceramic tiles? If not, you’ll want to invest in one. Using it after each shower will allow less water to dry on your grout, tile and shower doors, thereby leaving less mineral deposits behind.