If you’ve got ceramic tile in your bathroom, especially above the tub or in the shower, then you know the challenges of keeping the tile and grout free from soap scum, mildew and sometimes even mold. You’ll find thousands of do-it-yourself remedies to rejuvenate moldy grout, but this page is about keeping grout from turning black in the first place.
Like a hot Chicago Summer day, it’s the heat and humidity in your bathroom that is making things difficult. Humidity is what creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The best way to keep mildew at bay is to have a well-ventilated bathroom and to clean the tile and grout regularly.
First, if you’re serious about reducing mold and soap scum, buy yourself a squeegee and wipe down the walls after each shower. A squeegee does a fine job of removing the standing water from the tiles and helps to minimize mineral build-up from soap and water.
If using a squeegee each time you shower seems too much, find a good antibacterial cleaner that will help to keep the mold, mildew and soap residue in check.
We modestly offer what we think is an excellent tile and grout cleaner! Specially formulated to not just clean, but also to inhibit the growth of mold, it’s non-toxic, biodegradable and has a pleasant scent.
If you want our or any cleaner to work harder and faster, start by spraying or splashing hot water on the tiles. The extra heat will help the cleaner to become chemically more active. Then, simply spray our Tile & Grout cleaner onto the tile and wipe off with a clean cloth.