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Bleach isn’t cleaning my tile


Cleaning your tile with bleach-based products may seem like a good solution to get rid of the ‘gunk’ growing in your shower, but it may have the exact opposite effect. Bleach-based products sold by many manufacturers as “mildew solutions or preventives” actually open the pores of the grout between your tiles and encourage the growth of even more bacteria.

This can cause your cementitious grout to deteriorate, and it can make your grout more susceptible to bacteria growth, meaning you’ll be cleaning it even more often. This works well for manufacturers of off-the-shelf, bleach-based products, but it’s causing more work for you, costing you extra money, and releasing more chemicals into your environment.

Save yourself some work and give your grout (and your lungs) a break — clean tile and grout ONLY with pH-Neutral cleaners and a stiff-bristle brush. (pH-Neutral cleaners are neither acidic nor alkaline.) Routine squeegeeing of your tile will also help it stay cleaner longer. Remember, you chose tile because it was easy to maintain; don’t make extra work for yourself. đŸ˜‰

There are many good pH-Neutral tile cleaners sold at local tile distributors, or you can check out our website,, for links to our favorites.

See our related post offering some ‘green’ tile cleaning options –

Author: Neuse Tile Service

We are second generation, NC small business tile contractors dedicated to quality tile and stone installations. Since 1964, the Neuse Tile team has worked very hard to maintain the quality and integrity that have been crucial to our business' success in the Triangle area. Specialty construction trades have changed and evolved over the years, and our certified installers are truly talented craftsmen. We are proud of our work, and are committed to doing everything we can to promote the proper installation of ceramic tile, to satisfy our customers, and to run a viable business. We are honored by the trust our customers place in us and look forward to serving this area with high quality tile installations for many years to come.

4 thoughts on “Bleach isn’t cleaning my tile

  1. Thanks for the information. I had no idea how much damage bleach can do to grout.

  2. Good information – bleach is often the first thing we tend to grab when there’s build-up that we want to disinfect.

  3. I just came onto your post and found it quite interesting. I am also associated with tiles uk, swimming pool tiles, commercial tiles, and love to enjoy the stuff on the same as its rarely found on internet. Thanks again for writing such a good post.

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