Cleaning Dark Colored Shower Tiles

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 14, 2016)

If you have ever owned a dark colored car, truck, or SUV then you know just how difficult it can be to keep them clean. For some reason, water spots and other messes tend to stand out a bit more on the dark colors. In fact, it can be something of a toss up between white and black as to which is more difficult it is to keep clean. Cleaning dark colored shower tiles is just like that. While you may not notice all of the water spots and other types of stains on white shower tiles, they are pretty much guaranteed to stand out like a sore thumb when they are around.

Cleaning dark colored shower tiles isn't that difficult a task to do. In fact, the most difficult task is often finding a way to prevent them from appearing in the first place. Here are a few guidelines that you can use to begin cleaning the mess that you may find on your dark colored tiles, and keeping them from appearing again.

  • Use the standard cleaners. Start cleaning dark colored shower tiles with the standard cleaning agents. For example, you can use things like CLR (Calcium, Lime, and Rust Remover), vinegar, baking soda, and other homemade cleaners to get your tiles clean. In addition, you can often do wonders using one of the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. These items will usually get even the most stubborn stains out of any tile, and grout.
  • Check your fixtures. While you are cleaning your dark colored shower tiles, take the time to pay special attention around the fixtures. Look to see if there are any leaks, and any indication of any slow leaks. Many times an unnoticed leak can go a long way to creating a stain that is particularly difficult to remove. If you find any indications of a leak, then you need to repair it or replace the fixture as soon as possible.
  • Test your water. Hard water can often go a long way to creating a mess that doesn't need to be there. So, take the time to test your water. Often you can get a simple and inexpensive testing kit at your local home improvement store or department store. If the results indicate that you have excessively hard water, you may want to seriously consider getting a water softener installed.
  • Prevention is key. Believe it or not, there is a rather simple method that you can use to help cut down the time you take on cleaning your dark colored shower tiles. Once you have them cleaned, take the time to apply some car polish. By using a product such as Turtle Wax, Nu-Finish, or Rain Dance you can give your tiles an extra layer of protection which will help prevent most difficult stains. On the average these waxing treatments will last a year. Simply follow the directions as listed by the manufacturer to ensure that you have applied the wax properly.

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Lee Wyatt

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