How to shine a tile floor

Written by lisa chinn | 13/05/2017
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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Tips

  • To remove soap scum or large amounts of mineral build-up, use a cleaner specifically designed to get rid of the build-up. Use a grout brush and a mixture of 3 parts water and 1 part chlorine bleach to remove mildew and stains from grout in between tiles.

Warnings

  • Do not use steel wool or other scratchy materials, which may damage tile.

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

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