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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cleaning Glass Tile Surfaces

Glass tile surfaces are beautiful, durable, and easy to clean and care for. Many people use them as a backsplash in the kitchen and bathrooms and others use them to line the wall of their shower.

Glass tiles will dazzle you with their beauty for years after you’ve had them installed.

Cleaning Glass Tiles in the Shower

Glass tiles are very easy to care for and because they don’t absorb water, they are resistant to bacteria and mold and mildew.

But – just because they are so easy to care for doesn’t mean they don’t need cleaning. Like any other surface in your home, glass tiles do need to be cleaned on a regular basis.

Clean with Vinegar and Water

You shouldn’t have any problem using your regular bathroom cleaner on glass tiles surfaces. You can also clean them just as easily by taking a more natural approach – make a mixture of a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar. Mix this in a spray bottle, spray the glass tiles, wipe down the surface, rinse well with clean water and dry.

Heavy Duty Cleaning

Your shower is one of those places that can get a buildup of soap scum and hard water mineral deposits. If your glass tiles have a buildup of these you can do one of two things, it’s up to you and how severe you think the problem is.

1.    Use the 50/50 mix above, spray the surface and let sit about 10 minutes. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the area. (Be careful not to scrub the grout so hard you scratch it.) When you are done cleaning the glass tiles, rinse well with water and wipe them dry.

2.    Use the same method as in the first option only use the white vinegar full strength.

Cleaning Glass Tiles in the Kitchen

A kitchen backsplash made of glass tiles is a great choice. The tiles won’t absorb 3s and offers protection against oil spatters, flying food, and are pretty much stain resistant with regular cleanings, keeping them vibrant and shiny looking for many years to come.

The same cleaning methods can be used for cleaning a kitchen backsplash as you use for cleaning the bathroom shower.

In the kitchen you can also use a mix of water and a gentle dishwashing liquid. Add 1/2 teaspoon dish soap to a spray bottle then fill with warm to hot water. Spray the backsplash and wipe down with a sponge or soft bristled brush. Rinse well with cool water and dry when done.

Textured Glass Tiles

Some glass tiles have a flat surface, and some have a textured surface. When cleaning textured surfaces; make sure to clean the crevices and grooves gently.

Cleaning the Grout

You shouldn’t have any grout cleaning problems when using any standard grout cleaner as glass is an impervious material. You can also mix together in a spray bottle, 1/4 cup bleach to 3/4 cup water, spray the grout and use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the grout. Rinse thoroughly with water. When you are done cleaning, dry the tiles.

Grout Cleaning Precautions

Just remember when cleaning grout harder is not better. You can damage the grout if not careful. As we mention, use a soft bristled brush or toothbrush, don’t use a wire brush.

Sometimes a stain will wipe away, try this first before using a brush.

Test in an inconspicuous spot first if you are unsure of any new cleaning method.

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