October 17, 2019

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How to clean porcelain tiles

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.

 

Step-by-step guide on how to clean porcelain tiles

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:

 

#1 Get rid of all dust

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.

 

#2 Localised 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

 

 

#3 Mopping with a cleaning solution and hot water

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.

 

 

#4 Final drying and buffing

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 best mop for tiles 

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 Tile Cleaning FAQs

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.

0 thoughts on “How to clean porcelain tiles

  1. I have just installed 130 m of Durango Acero and want to know the best method to clean them. Would a steam mop be a good option?

  2. For our bathroom we were given anti-slip Porcelanosa tiles, the ones with a surface like sandpaper. As you might guess, all the instructions here are useless. Any cloth or sponge mop is shredded in short order. I’m told anti-slip tiles should only be specified for wet rooms where the water runs into a drain. We will be experimenting with bristle brushes and will then need a way to remove the water. A cheap carpet washer dryer has a brush at the front, wheels behind and a wide nozzle to vacuum up the water, and may be a workable solution. Does anyone have experience with this problem and have they found any solutions?

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