How To Revive Bathroom Tiles Without Replacing Them
Our bathrooms are hives for grunge and grime, which is no surprise considering how frequently they are used. In fact, our own research revealed that the average bathroom contains bacteria per square inch, highlighting just how unhygienic our bathrooms really are.
Our bathroom tiles are no exception as they can quickly become worn, dull and lifeless. If youre wondering how to revive bathroom tiles without replacing them, were on hand to explain three ways you can spruce up your tiles and give your bathroom space a new lease of life!
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How Can You Revive Bathroom Tiles?
1. Deep Clean Your Tiles
If you are looking to give your bathroom tiles a makeover, the first place to start is by deep-cleaning them! Although this should be a routine task, in reality most people simply don’t have time to deep clean their bathroom wall tiles, or their bathroom floor tiles. After all, it can be a fairly time-consuming process and somewhat hard graft!
However, if you are wondering how to clean bathroom tiles enough to revive them, then these are some of the best and most effective ways to clean bathroom tiles.
What is the best way to clean bathroom tiles?
Regardless of what solution you apply, you should always run hot water in your bathroom for a few minutes as this encourages the ceramic pores of your tiles to open up, thus exposing these and giving you greater access to the dirt when cleaning. Whilst cleaning, ensure that you are not pressing too harshly on the tiles and that you are opting for a constant, gentle brushing motion to protect the surface of the tile. After the solution has been applied for some time, you should rinse it thoroughly with new, clean water and pat it dry with a towel.
Don’t forget to tackle the bathroom tiles’ grout too since this is where mould and scum can quickly build up and ruin the room’s aesthetic. Due to the shape and size of grout, we would advise that you use the same cleaning solutions as the tiles, but apply and rub this using a toothbrush in order to reach all problem areas.
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What shall I use to clean my bathroom tiles?
If you are keen to opt for an effective yet natural remedy to clean your old bathroom tiles, then baking soda and vinegar may just become your bathroom’s best friends. Depending on how severe the dirt and grime build up on your tiles is, you can either dust the tiles over with a coating of baking soda and then scrub this away with a non-abrasive brush or sponge for a quick and easy finish.
However, if you are looking for a more intense revival or to target certain problem areas, then you may want to introduce a stronger solution and combine the baking soda and vinegar until it becomes a thick paste and apply this instead, wiping away again with a non-abrasive sponge to protect the tiles from scratches and chips.
Alternatively, you can opt for a considerably tougher solution to really tackle soap scum and stubborn grime. Any reputable lime scale remover will be suitable as this dissolves any remnants of soap and grime.
However, we would say to be wary of formulas which risk damaging the surface of your tiles due to their harshness, particularly if you have expensive tiles. Again, you should avoid applying and rubbing this solution with an abrasive material.
For even more revolutionary tips on how to keep your bathroom gleaming, check out these 22 cleaning hacks!
2. Paint Your Tiles
Another great way to revive your bathroom tiles is a lick of paint. Although it is a relatively simple process, we have some tips and tricks to guarantee a better finish overall!
Can I paint over bathroom tiles?
Painting over bathroom tiles can be a great alternative to replacing your bathroom tiles and restyling them. However, depending on the finish that you are looking for, you should be prepared to remove at least most of the grout and re-grout the tiles, else you risk them looking blatantly painted.
Fortunately, this isn’t as tedious of a task as replacing the tiles altogether is, so it is still a good idea to paint over bathroom tiles if you’re looking to revive your bathroom.
What paint can I use for bathroom tiles?
Firstly, it is a good idea to research which paint is best for your tiles and how much paint you need to complete the job. Many people are curious about what paint can be used for bathroom tile renovations, but the answer is simple tile paint.
Paint for bathroom tiles needs to be specifically designed for tile surfaces in order to be durable, mould-resistant and fit for the bathroom. For example, paint ranges such as Dulux Tile Paint or Ronseal One Coat Tile Paint are the most popular option amongst those seeking to renovate their bathroom without replacing their tiles. Often, most people will look for the brand that offers the best colour options and finish for their bathroom. If you’re looking for bathroom tile ideas or inspiration, it is always a good idea to check out sites like Pinterest where interior designers and homeowners are keen to share their ideas and photos.
After choosing the paint and colour for your bathroom, it is a good idea to measure your bathroom walls to determine how much paint you will need. Fortunately, most paint tins will describe how many metres their tub will cover, making this calculation fairly straight forward!
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How to paint your bathroom tiles in 8 simple steps:
Step 1 Remove grout
It is usually a good idea to remove a fair amount of grout from the tiles if you’re looking for a more polished finish. The more grout that you are able to remove, the better. Fortunately, there are plenty of grout removal tools available in hardware stores and online which can help with quick, easy and effective grout removal.
Step 2 Clean the tiles
Next, it is really important to thoroughly clean the bathroom tiles before painting them. Thorough cleaning is an important stage of the painting process since it ensures that all of the surfaces are clear and free of dust, grime and mould all of which encourages the paint to sit better, last longer and appear more polished. In particular, we recommend spending as long as is required to remove any mould and grime if you want a neat and lasting finish from your paint.
Step 3 Add primer
Although primer is optional, it is a good idea to use a prime tiles. Use paint that is specifically designed for tiles to even the surface and look of your bathroom tiles once painted. Remember, you should always find the right time to apply priming products since they need to dry for as long as the manufacturer describes else you risk a sticky and uneven finish.
Step 4 Sand the primer
Many experts will then go on to lightly sand the layer of primer to ensure that the paint itself has a good surface to adhere to. This can be done using sandpaper, with any excess dust cleaned thoroughly off using a wet cloth. You should then dry thoroughly before painting the tiles.
Step 5 Paint the tiles
Next, you go in with the paint. This is simple just paint an even coat over the tile surface and allow the tiles to dry, with good ventilation. To reach the more challenging edges and corners, we recommend a small synthetic brush that can push paint to all corners of the tile without leaving brush marks. As with any kind of painting, you require patience and time to do this as neatly and cleanly as possible. Depending on how dark or vibrant your desired finish is, you may need to apply additional coats. If you are looking to ensure a longer lasting finish, we recommend giving your tiles 3 or 4 coats of varnish.
Step 6 Time to re-grout
Grout can be purchased in a whole host of colours and styles, from classic matte black to glamorous glitter. Mix the grout ingredients or grab some ready-mixed grout before using a small and intricate toll such as a small tiling trowel to push grout into all edges and cracks. Don’t be afraid to add more grout if it’s necessary!
Step 8 The final clean
Once the grout is completely dry, you should re-clean the tiles. However, you should be wary of soaking the tiles within the first 24 hours as this might lead to quicker deterioration or ruin the finish. You can always use a wet sponge instead.
3. Shine your bathroom tiles
Your final option is to shine your bathroom tiles a process used to reverse the effects of hard water, soap scum and mould build up. Reviving the shine of your bathroom tiles is a cheap, simple and effective way to give your bathroom a new look. In fact, it is so simple and effective that we recommend this stage first. Too often, we think our tiles need replacing when really all they need is a little more care and restoration!
Our favourite shine restoration method is as follows:
1. Create a simple, non-chemical solution to clean your tiles with. Often this can be as minimal as hot water with a few drops of washing up liquid or soap.
2. Next, use a mop to target each tile, wiping continuously until clean.
3. Once clean, try to buff the tile surfaces with a microfiber cloth or dust mop to create a shiny finish.
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To keep your bathroom clean and your tiles gleaming for as long as possible, it is a good idea to follow these as routine maintenance tips.
Of course, if you are looking for a complete renovation and are willing to invest, you can always replace your tiles altogether. Before going ahead, its important to consider how many tiles you need and how much it will cost we’ve done the hard work for you and outlined the average cost of a bathroom renovation to help you out.
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Shop By Colour
Whether you’re planning a bathroom renovation or just looking to update your space, our range of bathroom tiles makes it easy. Our bathroom wall tiles and bathroom floor tiles include classic and trend-led designs, colours, and finishes. Shop by style to find minimal or ornate Victorian tiles. Or, explore eye-catching designs with patterned, high-gloss, split-face, and metro brick tiles.
Choose high-quality tiles in a colour that suits your style. Explore timeless white, blue, and grey bathroom tiles right here. Why not select some matching wall and floor tiles for a seamless space? When it comes to materials, browse ceramic, porcelain, natural granite, marble, slate, and more; get creative with your bathroom tile ideas!
Shop mosaic tiles and create feature designs around your shower, bath, or basin splashback. Or choose border tiles to add decorative flair to your space. Forget stepping on chilly tiles and enjoy a luxurious bathroom experience when you discover our electric underfloor heating, the perfect finishing touch.
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Stop the presses! There's a new trend in home decorating, and it's taking social media (and our hearts) by storm. Say hello to glitter grout, the sparkliest thing to hit homes since crystal-filled chandeliers.
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After I saw pictures of this glittery home trend circulating on Facebook and Instagram last week, I fell in love with the idea of adding glitter grout to just about every tiled surface in my life. Kitchen backsplash? Needs glitter grout. Bathroom floor? Definitely could use some glitter grout. The subway tiles in the actual subway stations I visit everyday? In desperate need of glitter grout.
I mean, come on, we all know glitter makes everything better (or at the very least a lot more fun), so why not add some extra sparkles to your home? The little specks of glitter will not only catch sunlight to create a glistening display, but will also add a glamorous touch to any room.
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This new take on grout comes in traditional metallic shades (think: silver and gold), but also more out-there colors like pink, blue and red. So no matter what your color scheme is, you'll be able to find glitter grout to match your decor and personal style. You can find glitter grout at your favorite home stores, including Home Depot and Lowe's, or on niche design sites like Staffordshire Silicones and Custom Building Products. My only request is that you send me pictures of the finished product in all its glittering glory.
Make your bathroom sparkle this November
We think the ‘ooohssss’ and the ‘ahhhhss’ of firework night should be heard when someone walks into your sparkley new bathroom!
Here we have some ‘cracking’ suggestions to make your bathroom pop
LED Ceiling Lights
How about these LED lights in your bathroom ceiling or walk in shower, just like the one in our showroom!
It creates a calming, yet magical feel to any room. They dont break the budget but add extra wow to the finished results.
This is something to really sass up your bathroom with glass tiles that have glitter in them!
Choose from a range of colours and sparkle specs. Here at Innovation we supply all different tiles in our showroom. Come and have a look! We love the idea of the rose gold shimmer tile, this would create a perfect girly sanctuary.
Mosaic Shimmer Tiles
Or how about these mosaic bronze shimmery tiles, how lovely does it look as a backdrop to these gold taps from Cifial?
Mosaic tiles come in a range of colours, if youre bathroom is grey then you could have silver shimmer! There is a wide variety of options to choose from.
Something you could also consider is glitter paint or even glitter grouting although not advised, as cleaning can be tricky, plus the sparkle doesn’t last long in grout! However, if you want sparkle we can provide SPARKLE!
Here is a bathroom we supplied and installed for last year, even their mirror and floor tiles have glitter, they loved the sparkle!!
It doesnt have to be glittery or sparkley to make your bathroom go WOW, it could just be a simple change of the taps. What about these beautiful rose gold taps from our showroom display, they look lovely against white or dark fitted furniture.
Are you looking to add extra sparkle to your bathroom? At Innovation we have all the ideas and can design you something using our CAD design software.
Pop into our showroom today
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