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How to clean porous tile

Updated February 21, 2017

Most ceramic and stone tile is porous, meaning it has indentations and an uneven surface that can often be difficult to clean thoroughly with just a mop and a bucket. Combine that with deep-set grout lines between the tiles, and you are left with an uneven surface that requires an occasional deep cleaning. This can be done with a cleaning routine that uses strong cleaning items that thoroughly clean the porous tile.

Make a cleaning solution by filling one cleaning bucket with one gallon of hot water, and either two drops of vinegar or two drops of dish soap. Fill a separate cleaning bucket with hot water.

Dip a scrub brush into the bucket of cleaning solution, and begin scrubbing the porous tile. Start at one side of the room, and work your way to the opposite side.

After cleaning about three square feet of tile, dip a cleaning rag into the bucket of clean hot water. Wring it out and wipe the tile you just scrubbed.

Allow the tile to air dry, or speed up the drying process by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning buckets
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Scrub brush
  • Cleaning rags
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.