Let’s check out the 6 ways to clean ceramic tile floors.
Vinegar-Based Tile Cleaner
Vinegar holds the key to cleaning and disinfecting various items. It is acidic and must be diluted before using. Using concentrated vinegar can also damage your tiles’ grout.
Add ½ gallon vinegar and ½ gallon water in a gallon bucket and stir the solution well. Damp the mop in the solution and wring out excess liquid. You can also add diluted vinegar in a spray bottle to clean small areas.
Ammonia and Water Mixture
Ammonia is more potent than bleach; therefore, its ratio with water must be 1:4. Add ¼ gallon ammonia in one gallon of water and mix it well. Damp a mop with the cleaning mixture and mop the floor. Ammonia also cleans stains, mold and mildew.
Repeat if the stains don’t disappear. Ammonia has a pungent smell; wear a face mask while working with it.
Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is a powerful cleaner and deodorizer. It is 100% safe to use on ceramic tiles.
Make a thick paste of baking soda and warm water. You will need a soft-bristle brush for this method. Scrub the floor gently with the brush, paying special attention to stained areas. Let the paste sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse the tiles with warm water. Dry the floor with a clean, dry cloth, repeat the process if the stains don’t disappear.
Ammonia, Vinegar, and Borax
It is best for stubborn stains and grime buildup. Wear a face mask, gloves and safety googles while working with this method. Open windows and turn on exhaust while cleaning.
Add ½ cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of ammonia, and ¼ cup of borax in 1-gallon water. Mix the contents well to make a uniform solution. Mop the tile floor with the cleaning solution while paying special attention to the dirty areas. Rinse the floor thoroughly to remove all the solution.
Commercial Tile Cleaners
Commercial cleaners are easy to use cleaners that give great results. Make sure you follow the instructions given on the packing while cleaning.
Cleaning tiles with powerful solutions often result in damaged grout lines. Grout holds the tiles in place and is necessary for floor durability. Fill the grout lines with the sealer as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once the sealer is dry, polish the tiles with a tile polisher to bring back the original shine of the tiles.
How often should I clean my ceramic tiles?
Home cleaning experts recommend a weekly cleaning session with soap and water. However, it is best to clean right after any spills.
How can I clean ceramic tile grout?
There are various ways to clean ceramic tile grout. A commonly used DIY method is given below.
You can read more about cleaning grout lines here.
How can I clean porcelain tile floors?
To clean unpolished porcelain tile floor, prepare a mixture of vinegar and warm water and scrub the floor with a soft bristle brush. Let the mixture sit on the floor for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse with hot water. Wipe the floor dry clean with a soft cloth or towel.
Polished porcelain tiles: Wipe the floor with hot water and scrub with a soft bristle brush. Clean with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Rinse the cleaning solution with warm water once again and wipe the floor with a dry towel.
Is it a good idea to vacuum ceramic tiles before cleaning?
Yes. Vacuuming removes dry debris, hair, and soil from the floor.
Can I steam clean my ceramic tiles?
Yes. You can use a steam cleaner on ceramic tiles. If you are using a steam cleaner, don’t forget to vacuum your tiles first.
How to clean ceramic tiles after installing them?
What should I not use on ceramic tile floors?
- Harsh chemicals
- Concentrated cleaning solutions (vinegar & ammonia)
- Abrasive cleaning tools (steel wool, scouring pads, and magic erasers)