You may not have picked porcelain in your bathroom for its durability, but rest assured: In addition to being a beautiful, discerning choice for bathroom tile or flooring, it’s also an incredibly low-maintenance material that doesn’t require much dedication to keep it in top shape. Because it’s typically covered in a protective glaze that repels scratching and stains, the best way to clean porcelain is to sweep, vacuum, or wet-mop it regularly.
But every so often, you may need a more thorough cleaning—especially if anything has seeped through the glaze and into the material. Luckily, it shouldn’t take more than a 30-minute window on a weekend morning.
Cleaning The Grout in Your Bathtub
Start with the grout, which tends to get grimy more quickly than porcelain itself. Create a paste out of baking soda and water, and let it sit for 10 minutes before using a small, soft-bristled brush to gently scrub it off. (Never use hard bristles or steel wool, which can damage the tile.)
How to Clean Stained Porcelain
Then, to get rid of stains or dirt on the porcelain itself, start by sweeping up any loose dirt or debris. Then, give the porcelain—tile, countertop, or otherwise—a generous spritzing with Bathroom Cleaner, a powerful, natural cleaner that also eliminates odors without the use of harsh chemicals. Unlike with most commercial cleaners, you don’t have to worry about flushing the floors to remove any residue.
Clean Early & Clean Often
Et voila—your porcelain should be good as new. To keep it in top shape, be sure to wipe up stains as soon as possible. While the porous material is water- and stain-resistant when properly sealed, it may fade or stain if you allow a mess to linger. Apply an acrylic stone sealer to a cleaned, dry unglazed floor to keep the surface pores impenetrable.