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How to Clean Porcelain Tiles – The Ultimate Guide

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Porcelain tiles are a beautiful flooring option. Their moisture-retaining and dust-resistant properties give them a shiny surface. But with time even the shine fades away. Every time the shine fades away you cannot just uproot them and start fixing new tiles, right? Thus, let’s get them to shine again!

At every different home flooring, there are different types of porcelain floorings available. Some have Polished/Glazed porcelain tiles; Unpolished/Unglazed porcelain tiles; and Textured porcelain tiles. These three variations of porcelain require different cleaning approaches.

You need a great amount of patience and discipline to get rid of the stains and get the tiles to look brand new. 

First, identify which category your tiles belong to and then clean them following the instructions given below.

How to Clean Glazed/Polished Porcelain Tiles?

1. Begin by cleaning the floor using a vacuum cleaner or a dry microfiber mop to remove as much dust and dirt as possible. Don’t forget the corners and spaces in between the tiles. Avoid using a brush with plastic bristles or a broom with straws which can result in scratches.

I would recommend using a microfiber mop as it cleans even the most minute dust particles and it does not cause any scratches as its fibers are soft. 

2. Next, use a nylon brush or an old toothbrush, moving it in a circular motion to clear the dark spots and stubborn dirt. An old, used toothbrush is better than a newer one because it will be softer.

Now, clean the floor with a brush with hot water. Remember always first dampen the floor and then use a brush. Even the usage of an old brush on a dry floor can leave scratches on your tiles.

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3. Now it’s time to remove the most stubborn stains. For this start by dipping your mop in a cleaning solution. Make a cleaning solution by combining 1/3 cup of vinegar and 3 gallons of water (prefer warm water). Use this solution to mop the floor and leave it for a few minutes. See to it the floor doesn’t dry. After this mop the floor with clean warm water. 

You can even use a readymade cleaning solution. But do test it on a small portion of the tile to make sure that it doesn’t cause any damage. For coffee or tea stains, sprinkle some baking soda on the stain while the floor is still wet, and then wash it with a cloth in a circular motion.

One of your last steps is to mop the floor followed by drying it (use a microfiber cloth for drying and buffing it).

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How To Clean Unglazed/Unpolished Tiles?

1. Again start with the same process of sweeping the floor with a microfiber mop or a vacuum cleaner to remove as much dust and dirt as possible. Don’t forget the corners and spaces in between the tiles. 

Remember to use a soft mop. Avoid using a brush with plastic bristles or a broom with straws which can result in scratches.

2. The next step is to use a cleaning solution. Make a cleaning solution by combining 1/3 cup of vinegar and 3 gallons of water (prefer warm water). Use this solution to mop the floor and leave it for a few minutes. See to it the floor doesn’t dry. After this mop the floor with clean warm water. 

3. After applying the cleaner and letting it rest for 10 minutes, scrub off any stains using a soft bristle brush. After this, while the floor is still damp, rinse and wipe the whole floor with hot water.

4. Lastly, use a clean towel or microfiber cloth to dry the floor making sure that there are no water stains or any spots left. Dry the floor with ample air by either opening the windows or by fans. You can even use both the drying techniques at once for quicker drying.

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How To Clean Textured Porcelain Tiles?

1. Your first step will always remain the same! Start by using a microfiber mop or a soft-bristled brush and dust off the debris or dirt in the direction of the design or texture on the tile. To remove any remaining dirt and dust, sweep diagonally.

2. Make a mild cleaning solution by combining the cleaning solution with hot water. Mop the floor using this solution and leave it for a few minutes.

3. Then use a nylon brush to scrub off of the floor any dark spots or stains. First, start scrubbing in the direction of the texture of the tiles followed by the opposite direction.

4. Lastly, rinse with plain water. Letting that cleaning solution sit on your floor can damage it in the long run.

5. Wipe with a clean microfiber cloth to dry the floor and check for any stains or dark spots. Open windows and switch on the fan to make the drying process quicker.

How to Deep-Clean Your Porcelain Tiles

1. Mix ¼ cup white vinegar into 2 gallons of warm water. You can even add a few drops of essential oil for a soothing smell.

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2. Use a soft mop to rinse the floor with this solution.

3. Sprinkle baking soda evenly all over the floor.

4. Again, mop the floor with the above-mentioned solution

5. Now take every small area and mop and rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water and let it dry.

This is the deep cleaning method. You can try this on any kind of porcelain tile flooring.

Dos and the Don’ts

Next, I have, are the Dos and the Don’ts for porcelain tiles! You do need to keep these things in mind to make your porcelain tiles last long.

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Dos:

  1. Sweep or vacuum your tiles twice a week with a soft nylon brush.
  2. Clear your corners especially before they turn into dark spots.
  3. If you spill something, clean it right away. Spills are not at all easy and take a lot of effort to clean up. Thus, clean them before they dry up. For this use a microfiber cloth with hot water combined with vinegar.
  4. Utilize more rugs and mats. This can prevent the excess amount of debris to enter your floor. Make sure people coming from outside use the rug or mat to step on and clean their shoes before walking onto the porcelain floor.
  5. Always let the cleaning solution rest before rinsing it off of the floor.
  6. If you have a steam cleaner use it to clean your tiles. Just add white vinegar to your water to give the tiles a shinier surface.

Don’ts:

  1. NEVER, I repeat, never clean your flooring with plastic or broom bristled brooms. This will only create more scratches on your flooring.
  2. Do not use cleaning solutions that contain ammonia or bleach. This damages the surface rapidly. Avoid cleaning solutions with artificial coloring as it may leave color stains on your floor. Oil and wax-based cleaners are also avoided to clean the flooring.
  3. Do not let the solution dry on the floor. This can damage the tiles.   

So, this is how you clean your bright and shiny porcelain tiles. It can be a bit time-consuming but it’s totally easy if you recognize follow the right cleaning procedure depending upon the kind of tiling you have.

Written by Pulkit D

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