How to shine a tile floor

Written by lisa chinn Google
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to shine a tile floor
Make a tile floor shiny again by cleaning and buffing it. (Getty Creative)

Dirt, soap build-up and scratches make tile floors look dull over time. When cleaning and shining tile, remember that tiles with a glaze on them scratch easily. Fortunately, this glaze also makes clean tile floors shine without polish. An electric floor washer helps clean and shine a tile floor, and cleaning by hand with a mop or sponge also works well. A cleaner designed for tile floors will help shine the floor in all situations. An all-purpose cleaner can work in places with soft water, and a vinegar solution will help clean the floor naturally, especially in places with hard water.

Skill level:
Easy

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Electric floor washer, mop or sponge
  • Tile-floor cleaner, washing soda or white vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Soft rags or towels

Show MoreHide

Instructions

  1. 1

    Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove dust and dirt particles; choose a vacuum that will not scratch the tiles.

  2. 2

    Wash the tile floor with an electric floor scrubber, sponge or mop. Either use a commercial cleaner specifically designed for tile floors or mix 18 to 36 ml (1 to 2 tbsp) washing soda in 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of water to create your own soap. Alternatively, create a more natural floor cleaner by mixing 60 ml (1/4 cup) white vinegar with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) water, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends for a safe floor cleaner. Vinegar works especially well to remove minerals from hard-water build-up.

  3. 3

    Wash the tile floor again with warm water to removes any cleaner residue, which can create a film over the floor that prevents it from shining.

  4. 4

    Wipe the tile floor with soft rags or towels to dry, shine and prevent water spots from forming.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.