How To Clean A Wet Room Floor
- May 3, 2018
Today’s bathrooms aren’t taken for granted. We love them just as much as our other rooms in the home, if not more so.
Since they’re meant to thread calm and wellbeing through our most private moments, we take the utmost pride in ensuring they’re squeaky clean.
This is why wet rooms are soaring in popularity. They make the whole space waterproof, meaning you can wash, walk and bathe without leaving great puddles behind on the floor.
But how to clean a wet room floor? That’s a big question, but the answer is pretty simple. Read on to discover how the cleaning regime for a wet room is close to that of a normal bathroom, only with some precise differences…
Top Up a Proofing Solution
That is essential; leaving the floor to its natural propensity, especially with wooden boards underneath the tiles, is sure to cause structural problems later down the line.
But there’s more to do than simply protecting the subfloor. There are ways that you can eliminate moisture effects on the surface too, to ensure an immaculate wet room.
You won’t have to clean the tiles very much at all when there’s a regular layer of Lithofin Protector to rely on.
The type we’ve linked to here is suitable for ceramic, porcelain and natural stone, and it’s versatile enough to spread across the majority of wet rooms.
This treatment protects against grease, mould, dirt and stains. Apply a thin layer every couple of weeks to cut down on your eventual cleaning demands.
It won’t make the tiles spotless forever, but it will stop them becoming as dirty or mildewed as they’d otherwise be.
Use a Rubber Floor Squeegee
There’s going to be water everywhere in your wet room area. That’s the main perk – you’re not limited by how far you can pad around on your feet before dripping becomes an issue.
Wet rooms are on a subtle dip, angled towards a drain in the centre. Not all of the excess spray may be running towards it though…
You might need to give the water a helping hand to reach the drain and ensure that the tiling remains as clean as possible.
To do so, buy a rubber-bladed squeegee. This type is better at moving elements rather than soaking them up as a sponge would.
Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and pour over the affected area. Then simply brush the pools on the floor to the drain, letting gravity and exertion do their work. Keep going until the area is almost dry.
You’re trying to avoid large moisture build-ups, so remember that a thin, even coating of water will be better than a puddle steeping in after-shower heat. Repeat whenever you spot a sizeable amount of water that isn’t draining by itself.
Remove and Clean the Shower Grate
Whilst we’re on the topic of making sure that you minimise the levels of pooling water, we can’t forget about the shower drain. The eventual clog of hair and soap grease will steadily reduce how well water can pass through it, resulting in an overflow that can stagnate.
This will happen quite often when three, four or more people are using the wet room on a daily basis. But cleaning it is super easy. All you have to do is take the grate off with a screwdriver (and gloves to avoid a nip on your finger!).
You can then use the tool to slide between the grate lines and lift the whole component up away from the floor.
Once it’s in your hands, towel the grate down before spraying it with an everyday cleaning chemical. Next, work on the drain itself, pulling out any clumps of hair you can see.
Then pour a helping of specialised bleach down it and wait for the amount of time stated on your particular product’s packaging. A plunger might be necessary to bring up deep-lying hairs until you’re happy with the result. Then simply replace the grate.
Scrub Soap, Muck and Shampoo
When we ask how to clean a wet room floor, many of the techniques fall on the same lines a regular bathroom might follow – which is to say, a lot of scrubbing and elbow grease!
There are natural methods of course, such as vinegar, citrus juice and baking soda. In lieu of them, you may just want to plump for a basic synthetic bathroom spray that can be wiped off after 10 or 20 seconds.
Employ a traditional mop for large floor spaces and hone in on smaller cracks – such as those behind a sink – with a scrubbing brush.
Sponges are good for soap marks, whereas a slightly more coarser material will be best for stubborn shampoo stains. The same goes for dirt that’s stuck fast to your tiles.
Steam cleaners might be preferable in the latter case; a concentrated (or close to the surface) burst of steam will loosen muck and grime from the floor, making it easier to finish off with a quick wipe.
Ceramic tiles are still a different beast to laminate and vinyl, however, which means you can try the Lithofin Alkaline Special Remover if you’re really struggling to rid stains.
Always wondered how to clean a wet room floor? Now you know, thanks to the sage advice of Atlas Ceramics! Part of designing, buying and fitting an environment like this is making sure it looks good; you’ll be spending a great deal of time in your wet room, so it’s worth keeping it in peak condition.
For years we’ve been giving bathroom aficionados some words of wisdom in order to help them maintain their space, as well as the central tools of wet room preparation and tiling solutions.
Contact us if you’d like any information on anything else related to bathrooms, natural stone, or tiling tasks with a twist…