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  • davetaylor
    davetaylor Posts: 404 Forumite
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    Try one third each of Stardrops, white vinegar and water, in an old sprayer bottle. This is a good all purpose cleaner, not just for tiles.

    I used it on a really badly splattered white tiled cooker splashback in my kitchen. I used one of those sponge scourers, it was that bad. It's come up a treat.

    Now, one quick squirt and a wipe with a cloth when required is all that's needed.

    I've tried making the above mix in the past. The only problem I get is that it ends up quite soapy. Does anyone else find this?
  • floss2
    floss2 Posts: 8,030 Forumite
    We have one fully tiled wall in our bathroom, and the very top couple of rows of tiles are distinctly grubby looking...probably from the boiler which sits up there on the next wall.

    What is the best stuff to clean them with? I've got Stardrops, but is it best in a spray, and if so, what solution? Or am I better washing the walls with stardrops water & a microfibre cloth, starting at the bottom?

    Also, would the same solution be OK to wash down the off-white gloss on the tank & airing cupboard in the bathroom too?

    (have just re-read this & it sounds like I am a bit of a cleaning dunce, but I didn't have boilers, water-tanks or fully tiled walls in my old bathroom, this is OH's house!)
  • Penelope_Penguin
    Penelope_Penguin Posts: 17,288 Forumite
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    Hi, there! We have an older thread on cleaning bathroom tiles, so I'll add your question to it so that you can read the answers there.

    BTW - I'd start at the top - that way the dirty water won't run doen onto the tiles you've already cleaned ;)

    Penny. x
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  • jemw
    jemw Posts: 280 Forumite
    Hi Everyone

    I'm having a spring clean in my bathroom tomorrow and wanted to clean the tiles from top to bottom (bathroom is 100% tiled on walls and floor.

    Does anyone have a home made cleaning solution they can recommend, or even a chaap but effective shop brought one?

    Thanks in advance
    Jen
  • mandy_moo_1
    mandy_moo_1 Posts: 1,201 Forumite
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    :staradmin stardrops :staradmin every time!! mix about a capful of stardrops in a bucket of hot water, and i normally use a sponge scourer to scrub the walls ....... hard work, but well worth it, and cheap as chips :D
  • jemw
    jemw Posts: 280 Forumite
    what are stardrops and where can i buy them?

    never heard of them!! thanks
  • Penelope_Penguin
    Penelope_Penguin Posts: 17,288 Forumite
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    jemw wrote: »
    what are stardrops and where can i buy them?

    never heard of them!! thanks

    :eek: :eek: :eek: Try this - Stardrops - I have seen the light :D

    I'd advise a spray bottle of 50:50 vinegar and water (this will shift the limscale on the tiles) and a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda in water on the grout (this is slightly abrasive, so will clean the gunk)

    I've found an older thread on how to clean bathroom tiles, so I'll add this thread to that one to keep ideas together.

    Best of luck, Penny. x
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  • csarina
    csarina Posts: 2,557 Forumite
    The tip about using polish on tiles is an old one, I have done this for years. Once you have the tiles clean, use a polish that contains either wax or silicone, spray the tiles and polish with a soft cloth, then shine them with a microfibre cloth.

    The next time you have a shower the water will run down the tiles wihout leaving any marks. I used to do mine tiled bathroom twice a year. bleach on a tooth brush is what I used for the grout..........as far as the seal is concerned, bleach again and I used to replace it every 18 months or so, I found that over time it started to break up, so I stripped it off, cleaned the edge of the bath and the tiles with metholated spirits, allowed the tiles to dry and then resealed the bath and tiles using a ckear sealant.
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  • jemw
    jemw Posts: 280 Forumite
    thanks - really grateful :D
  • Barneysmom
    Barneysmom Posts: 10,123 Forumite
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    I used to use neat bleach in a spray bottle before I got the new tiles on. Spray it on and leave overnight to get the grime out.

    On brass taps use a lemon.
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