How to Clean Tile Floors?

by Elissa Rand - February 24, 2017

 

How to Clean Tile Floors

Tile Floor Cleaning Basics

  • Sweep or vacuum your tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. Clean tile with a steam mop, or a SH-MOP which is our go to mop at Cleaned To Perfection rather than a sponge mop. The latter pushes dirty water into grout lines and makes them harder to clean.
  • Preventing Build-up If your tile floors look hazy, you might be dealing with soapy residue, which is another reason to use a steam mop with just hot water. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. You could also try a mild acid — such as fresh lemon juice — on ceramic tile floors (but never on marble). Rinse thoroughly with clean water, and buff dry with a clean lint-free cloth. Be kind to your knees and dry tiles the easy way: by using your foot to slide the cloth over the floor.

Great-Looking Grout

The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains. Skip commercial cleaners and instead make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it on the stain, let it sit overnight, then scrub the stain in the morning with a stiff nylon brush (a metal brush will damage the grout). Repeat as necessary. Apply a silicone-base sealer to the grout to repel future stain