How to clean an old tile kitchen floor

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How to clean an old tile kitchen floor
Ceramic tile flooring (Tiled floor image by Simon Amberly from

Kitchen floors are typically subject to wear and tear. Over time, kitchen tile flooring can become dirty and stained. Ceramic tile and grout is porous and as sealant wears off, those pores begin to fill with grime, grease and food particles. Mopping alone is insufficient in cleaning old tile flooring because the problem is deeper than mere surface dirt. Unfortunately, this ground-in grime prompts many homeowners to replace tile needlessly. Instead of replacing the tile, clean the old tile flooring to save the cost of installation.

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Things you need

  • Phosphoric acid stripper for ceramic tile
  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Powdered washing powder
  • Scrub brush
  • Mop

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  1. 1

    Strip the flooring using phosphoric acid stripper following the manufacturer's instructions. Phosphoric acid stripper can be purchased at your local home improvement store.

  2. 2

    Fill your bucket with one part water and one part bleach. Sprinkle washing powder on a single tile. Scrub the floor using a small circular motion working one tile at time, sprinkling the detergent as you go.

  3. 3

    Mop the floor. Allow it to dry and repeat the mopping one additional time.

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