October 17, 2019
There’s a certain satisfaction after tidying and cleaning the home, a sensation of establishing order, albeit briefly.
Making sure surfaces are all clean and hygienic should be a part of a weekly housekeeping routine. Specific surfaces, however, require particular attention in order to remain in optimum condition and to retain their lustre. Porcelain tiles are a case in point, depending on whether you have polished or glazed, unpolished or unglazed porcelain tiles or textured tiles, different approaches are recommended.
Below we provide a step-by-step routine for how to clean porcelain floor tiles, with an emphasis on how to clean porcelain bathroom tiles and how to clean high gloss porcelain tiles:
The best way to clean porcelain tiles is to start by removing the dust. Use a dry dust mop or vacuum cleaner. Another option is the micro-fibre mop. Make sure to clean into the corners and between the tiles. This is a preliminary step for deeper cleaning.
Use a soft nylon brush for localised stains together with warm water, clean in a circular motion. Avoid using the brush on any dry areas as it can scratch the tiles.
Finish off by mopping with a floor cleaner, a mild solution that will not damage glazed or polished tiles. Finally, apply hot water before the cleaning solution has dried completely.
The last step is to dry with a micro-fibre cloth or a clean towel and buff to a shine with a cheesecloth or other fabric.
The traditional mop and bucket are hard to improve upon but for tech fans there is the electronic spin mop or the steam mop which will make life easier when it comes to cleaning porcelain tile floors.
Porcelain tiles do not require much maintenance, just a wipe with a mild cleaning product, as long as it is done on a weekly basis. The best routine for cleaning porcelain bathroom tiles is to add a few drops of cleaning product to a mixture of water and white vinegar, mix and spread over the tiles, rub with a non-abrasive sponge, rinse with warm water and dry with a dry cloth. Follow this link to find out more about how to clean a bathroom efficiently.
A cleaning solution with a mop will be required for removing stains. Use the appropriate commercial or a homemade solution (a quarter cup of white vinegar diluted in 7 or 8 litres of water). Mop once and leave for 5 minutes then mop again and clean off the solution. Tip: For coffee stains use baking powder and dampen with a cloth.
Textured tiles require more maintenance than smooth tiles. Follow the steps as outlined previously but cleaner more often, mop and scrub daily. A soft nylon brush should be used on the flooring after the cleaning solution has been left for 10 minutes approx.