Ceramic tiles are durable, fairly inexpensive and available in an array of colour, designs and textures, making them an excellent choice for flooring in wet areas of the home, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Wet areas of the home are usually high traffic areas, and the tile is exposed to spills from household items, such as food, cleaners and bathroom or laundry products. Over time, the tile can grow dull, even with regular cleaning. While it might be tempting to use a commercial product, such as a floor wax, that makes claims to shine tile floors, often those products build up on the tile and discolour, making the tile look even worse. Shining dull tile floors is a simple process that can be accomplished with items you probably already have in your home.
Sweep the floor to remove dust and dirt. For the best results, you can also vacuum and use a dust mop.
Pour 2 tbsp of dishwashing liquid into 1 gallon bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket with warm water.
Mop the floor with the dishwashing liquid. For heavily soiled areas, use a soft-bristled scrub brush to remove all the dirt and grime.
Rinse the floor thoroughly with clean, cool water. Use the sink to rinse your mop periodically, or you will only accomplish spreading dirty, soapy water across the floor.
Dry the floor completely with towels or a chamois. Make sure you remove all water from the floors, and the tile will shine like new.
If you do not rinse all soap from the tile floor, the tile will remain dull even with hand drying.
Tips and warnings
- If you do not rinse all soap from the tile floor, the tile will remain dull even with hand drying.