How to clean shiny black tile

Updated February 21, 2017

Shiny black tile can come in several materials, such as porcelain or granite. Black tile is dark so stains, dirt and spots seem to stand out more on black tiles than on other tile colours. Countertops, walls and flooring can contain tiling material. It is important to maintain and clean shiny black tile at least once a week. Clean stains and spills on tile as soon as possible. If stains sit for too long, the tile may be damage beyond repair.

Sweep the floor with the push broom. A push broom has a wider range and can keep small particles in line. Push the grime and dirt from the floor into the centre of the room. Sweep the dirt into the dustpan. If you are cleaning countertops or walls, brush them with a soft rag or duster.

Add hot water to the bucket until it is about a quarter full. Pour in half of a 946ml bottle of tile cleaner, such as Mr. Clean Antibacterial All-Purpose Cleaner or Granite Gold Stone & Tile Floor Cleaner.

Clean the area manually. Wear kneepads or put a towel under your knees for additional comfort if you are cleaning the floor. Pick about a 5-foot area to start. Once you complete steps 4 through 6, move on to another section.

Dunk the fleece rag into the bucket. Wring it out and scrub back and fourth on the segment. Wring out the grime from the rag. Scour the area once more.

Rub down the 5-foot area with the terry cloth hand towel. Dry fully. Do not air-dry as the shine can dull and water spots will form.


Cleaning the tiles by hand is important. It helps you achieve a deeper clean, which allows the black tile to shine brightly. Use soft cleaning materials and cleaning products that are safe on shiny tile. If you desire, wear gloves. The cleaning supplies are not harmful.

Things You'll Need

  • Push broom or soft rag
  • Dustpan
  • Tile cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Fleece rag
  • Terry cloth hand towel
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