How to Keep Bathroom Shower Floor Tiles Sparkling Clean

I still haven’t met one person who likes a dirty shower. I know you’re here because you hate it too and maybe yours has become dirty over time. 

In this post, I’ll show you step by step how to clean your shower floor tiles, show you the best products and tools. Finally I’ll share my best tips for getting rid of stains and ways to keep them clean all year. 

How to keep tile shower floor clean

Best Products for Different Types Of Shower Tiles

Whether you choose ready-made cleaning products from the shop or make your own, it’s important to know that not all tiles are made equal. 

Different tile materials require different cleaning products for effective results. For example, using vinegar or vinegar-based products can cause stains on marble tile. To determine the best cleaner for the bathroom tile material in your home, please refer to the table below.

If you’re unsure about the type of tile you have, you can consult your tile supplier or opt for a bathroom cleaner that is safe for all tile types.

Tile TypeRecommended Cleaning Products
Ceramic TilesHydrogen peroxide, dish soap, cream cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, oxygen bleach.
Porcelain TilesWarm water and dish soap or mild detergents, oxygen bleach, cream cleaner, citric acid, porcelain tile cleaner. 
Natural Stone Tiles e.g Marble Natural stone floor cleaner or marble cleaner, Dish soap, pH-neutral cleaners, mild soap. (Avoid acidic cleaners or anything abrasive)

Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

These are tools and items that can make your tile cleaning a lot easier.

bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray bottle
  • Double-sided cleaning pad 
  • Old toothbrush/ grout brush
  • Scrubbing brush/ Dish brush/ Electric Scrubber
  • Microfibre Cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Steam Mop (Optional)

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Shower Floor Tiles

Step #1: Prep

Remove all personal items from the tile floors. Also unhook anything that might be hanging on the wall tiles. This is also a great time to open the windows and doors to ensure proper ventilation.

Step #2: Apply

Grab a ready made product or make your own homemade cleaning solution (refer to above table for safe material for your specific tile). You can try making a baking soda paste from a mix of equal parts baking soda and dish soap. Alternatively refer to some other recipes or Nancy Birtwhistle’s Tile Cleaner recipe below. 

Step #3: Scrub

Wet the floor with some water or briefly turn on a hot shower. Spray or pour cleaning solution onto your bathroom tiles and shower walls and wash the tile surface in a circular motion. I love using a dish brush because it it stiff without being too abrasive. 

Also scrub the tile grout lines and surface using an old toothbrush or a grout brush. 

If your shower floors haven’t been cleaned properly in a while, you might need very hot water. Hot water helps to dissolve some of the scum that stick to shower floors.

If the grout lines are still dirty, it might be worth letting the cleaning product sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing again. 

How to keep tile shower floor clean

Tip: A temporary fix for dirty grout lines is a grout pen but the best fix is calling in the professionals to re grout them. Some grouts are beyond saving because they are no longer doing the job they are supposed to do and it’s best to re grout them. 

Step #4: Treat

Depending on the type of tile you have, it might be worth treating any set stains on the tile and grout.

If you are dealing with mould, chlorine bleach or a mould cleaner like HG mould cleaner is really effective. Trust me, you’ll watch the mould dissolve.

However if the mound is behind the silicone or grout, it might be worth re-grouting or re-siliconing. 

Step #5: Rinse and Dry

Rinse thoroughly with warm water. I mean thoroughly. The last thing you want is someone slipping because there is still left over product on the floor.

Scrub as you rinse to ensure that all the cleaning product is off. Squeegee off any excess water and dry with a microfibre cloth.

Best DIY Tile Cleaning Recipe

Nancy Birtwhistle in her book, Clean & Green: 101 Hints and Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Home, shares a simple eco friendly tile cleaner that is so effective. If you want to make your own cleaning products, this is one of the best recipes I have tried: 

Nancy Birtwhistle
  • 150g of citric acid
  • 75ml water
  • 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 25ml of eco-friendly washing-up liquid. 

Mix all ingredients in a bottle or spray bottle and apply to the bathroom floor. Let it sit for a few minutes and wash in circular motions. Rinse and repeat if needed. 

Additional Tips and Maintenance Advice

Before your bathroom tiles ever get to the point where they are extremely dirty, here some golden tips to follow:

  1. Maintain a regular weekly cleaning schedule: Cleaning regularly will help prevent the buildup of dirt especially in the grout lines. 
  2. Squeegee after a bath: I am the biggest advocate for squeegeeing your shower glass after a bath and I keep an electric squeegee for that purpose. Let’s take it up a notch and squeegee the walls and floors too. This will really help prevent build up and the growth of mould in the shower. 
  3. Use a grout sealer: This is not in anyway compulsory but f you can, try to seal your grout to prevent buildup of mildew or mould. The truth is, grout that has been sealed is a lot easier to clean. 
  4. Treat stubborn stains before they set in: Address issues like mould stains, hard water stains and soap scum quickly before they build up 


Cleaning your shower tiles is really important to avoid slips or accidents and maintain the overall hygiene of the bathroom. Throughout this post, I have covered a step by step methods and shown you the different products that can work on different types of tile surfaces. 

If you follow this guide, you can be sure your shower floors will stay clean. I wasn’t born with supernatural cleaning abilities, I had to learn how to maintain my home in my adult life. It is hard, that’s a fact, but it is possible with a little bit of effort on your part. 

If you forget anything I shared, don’t forget this: 


Consistently cleaning your home is far more important than doing a big clean with lots of chemicals. It’s often the simple things that have the most impact. 

Thanks for reading. I have included an FAQ section incase I missed any tips in the post. As usual, let me know if you have any question.

FAQ on Cleaning Bathroom Shower Floor Tiles

What is the best way to clean tile floor in the shower?

The absolute best way to clean shower tile floors is with mild dish soap.

Dish soap is one of the most underrated products that cleans almost anything in your home without ruining it with harsh chemicals. Simply put a tiny bit of dish soap on a non abrasive sponge and scrub in circular motions. Use a grout brush with some dish soap to get rid of any grout stains as well. 

Check the type of tile you have before trying any products but dish soap will effectively clean ceramic, porcelain or natural stone tiles.

How to clean shower tiles without scrubbing?

The best way to clean shower tiles without scrubbing is by using a daily self cleaning shower spray.

These daily shower sprays are designed to dissolve mildew and hard water stains. They form a coating that dissolves them instantly, thus preventing any buildup that might cause hard set stains after a while.

They also smell really good and can make the bathroom smell like a spa.  An alternative to these sprays ins squeegeeing after every shower. If the surface is always kept dry, there won’t be any buildup.

Why does the bottom of my shower get so dirty?

The bottom of your shower is likely getting dirty because the coating on the tub, tile or shower tray has eroded, making dirt stick to it much more easily.

The obvious solution is to change the tub or tile, assuming that everyone has the budget to do that.

Another solution is to clean with a cream cleaner. I once lived in a house where the bath was very old and the only thing that worked effectively without having to scrub for hours was a cream cleaner.

Cream cleaners have just the right amount of abrasion and scum melting technology (I don’t know what else to call it) to get rid of the dirt.

What is the best cleaner for hard water stains on shower tile?

The absolute best cleaner that works on all types of tiles is dish soap. It is designed to tackle grease and its grease fighting technology works really well on soap scum, and hard water stains that are not too set in. 

How often should you clean your shower floor?

The frequency of cleaning depends on how much your shower is getting used. If you use your shower everyday, wash it weekly.

If you use your shower every other day and squeegee after each use, you can get away with cleaning it once in two weeks. 

What is the brown stuff on my shower floor?

The brown stuff on your shower floor is likely a build up of dirt from your feet and hard water. It could also be a tell tale sign that the coating on the shower plate or tile has eroded and might need replacing.

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Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!