(Closed) Cleaning the horrific bathroom we inherited :(

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

One bottle of Tilex will do all the tile, grout and the tub for way less than a bunch of bleach pens.

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Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Try Bar Keepers Friend. It’s a powder and works GREAT. You wet down the tub and walls and sprinkle the powder over it and let it sit for a minute of two, then with a wet rag, scrub the crap off and rinse it. My mom cleans houses and she swears by Bar Keepers Friend.

Edit: it works wonders on chrome.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Another vote for Tilex…

But it is pretty powerful stuff… so follow the directions (don’t mix it in any way with other cleaners)… wear gloves, and try not to stick around to breathe it in for any extended amount of time… you can spray it on, and let it soak in for a few minutes before coming back to whipe it off.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Tilex is good, but as PP mentioned, don’t mix it with any cleaner contaning ammonia; the result is toxic fumes.

You may have to recaulk where the tile meets the tub which is very easy and makes everything look brighter.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Woodstock:  I’ve used it on tile and grout and it still worked great.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Tilex is awesome. I use it on all surfaces in the shower, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Just make sure to get the actual Tilex brand. The store brands kind of suck. And I’m usually a store brand fan.

I always get the regular kind but for your situation you might need the extra strength one. You might need to apply more than once.

Once you get it clean I also like the Tilex Fresh Shower, you spray it after you shower and it keeps soap scum from building up. It’s expensive since you have to use it every day, but it really works, and if you hate cleaning the shower/tub as much as I do it’s worth it. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Another vote for Tilex

CLR works pretty great too!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I vote for Tilex Mold and mildew remover. And I’ve also found white vinegar and water to be helpful for rust stains although I don’t know how you’d soak the grout with this.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover is great! Just don’t spray is around any towels or clothes you want to keep because it does contain bleach. I’ve ruined clothes with it.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

For the really stubborn grout stains head to home depot or lowes.  They sell a “grout pen”  it looks like a pen, and contains a pigment that coats the grout and covers stains.  It usually comes in white, grey and beige.  

After you finish cleaning look for a good grout and tile sealant.  If the stains are really bad, and you are going at it with chemicals and scrubbing, chances are that you have removed any sealant that was on the tiles.  A new coat will mean that they are easier to clean in the future instead of getting stained over and over. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Try Scrubbing Bubbles color-changing foam cleaner. You just spray it on, wait until it turns white, then wipe it off! It does all the hard work for you! I use it on everything and it works perfect every time

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