How To Clean Porcelain Tile

Unless it is textured, porcelain tile happens to be one of the easiest materials to clean, so easy that you won’t even have to break a sweat to do it. So fuss-free easy that often it’s plain vinegar and water that will leave it gleaming and shining. So easy that…okay, it’s time to shut up and just show you the many ways to do it.

You will need:

  • Cleaning solution like vinegar or store-bought. Separately purchase bottles of strong, neutral, and mild cleaning solution for easy to tough stains.
  • Hot water
  • Large bucket
  • Untreated mop
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Regular house broom
  • Soft-bristled broom
  • Scouring pad preferably the ones that you can wear like flip flops.

Here’s how to clean unpolished porcelain:

  • Turn to a vacuum cleaner or a broom. This will get rid of surface dirt and dust.
  • In a bucket, mix equal parts cleaning solution and hot water. Let it combine by leaving it for 10 minutes.
  • Take your mop and dip it into the bucket. Then without using the metal plate to squeeze the mop of excess liquid, saturate the entire porcelain surface with it then leave it for 5 minutes or so.
  • Clean up with a separate mop dipped in clean water. Now you have to make sure that the surface won’t air dry. You have to come back after 5 minutes to mop the porcelain floor with a water-saturated mop until no area is left wet. This time you can use the metal plate to squeeze excess water off the mop.

Here’s how to clean polished porcelain:

  • Use a vacuum cleaner or an untreated dry mop. You are discouraged from using a broom because it might leave ugly scratches on the polished tile.
  • Directly pour mild cleaning solution on the untreated mop. Use this to mop the floor with and then once you are done mopping the entire space, leave it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes at most.
  • Fill a bucket with clean water. Use a separate mop to clean up the tiles while using gentle buffing motions until you are left with nothing but gleaming tiles.

Here’s how to clean textured porcelain:

Note to you: Textured porcelain will take some time to clean and will require a bit more time and attention.

  • Use a soft-bristle broom to clean surface dirt. Ah but it’s not simply sweeping as usual. What you need to do is sweep following a straight line and then reversing the direction by sweeping diagonally. This is advised so that you not only take out surface dirt but also dislodge stubborn dirt clinging to the textured surface of the tiles. Check the surface to see if you had missed anything because the next step will already entail application of a wet cleaning solution, which will look icky when it binds with the dirt and dust that you have left behind (think furball/hairball from a cat).
  • Mix 50/50 neutral solution and hot water in a bucket. Let it cure for 5 minutes.
  • Mop the entire floor with the cleaning solution. Leave it there for a maximum of 10 minutes but do not leave it to dry.
  • Scrub the floor with scouring pads. It will be easier if you have the ones that are shaped like flip flops because then you won’t have to get down on your knees to scrub the floor. Not only will the latter be hard on the back and knees, it’s also going to be very tiring.
  • Finish up by rinsing the area with clean water.

That’s all there is to it!


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