How to clean porcelain tile with vinegar

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How to clean porcelain tile with vinegar
Clean porcelain tiles with vinegar. (Bodenfliesen image by Volker Schwere from

Made of fired clays and crushed stones, porcelain tiles have been prized around the world for centuries. The slightly translucent colours and unusual shapes of porcelain tiles add a touch of elegance to homes and structures. Kiln firing makes these tiles more durable and expensive than many other flooring types. Since porcelain tiles are so intricate and valuable, keeping them clean is essential. Basic vinegar is effective at removing accumulated dirt, grime and soap scum from porcelain tiles.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 gallons hot water
  • 2 clean mop buckets
  • Lukewarm water
  • Sponge mop
  • Clean terry cloth

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  1. 1

    Sweep the tiled floor with a broom to remove accumulated dirt and debris. Make sure all loose debris is removed from the tiles before you mop them.

  2. 2

    Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 2 gallons of hot water in a clean mop bucket. Fill another mop bucket halfway with lukewarm water.

  3. 3

    Dampen a sponge mop in the vinegar solution. Mop a 5-foot by 5-foot section of tiled floor with the solution, using the sponge mop.

  4. 4

    Keep the solution on the tiles for 5 minutes. Scrub the 5-foot by 5-foot section of tiles with the sponge mop to clean and remove stains.

  5. 5

    Mop the 5-foot by 5-foot section of tiles with the clean water, using the sponge mop. Dry the tiles with a clean terry cloth.

  6. 6

    Clean all remaining 5-foot by 5-foot sections of tiles, using the same process as for the first 5-foot by 5-foot section. Refill both mop buckets with fresh solution and water as they become dirty.

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute a wet vacuum for the terry cloth.
  • For difficult stains that can't be remove by mopping, scrub them with a stiff nylon-bristle brush.
  • Do not allow the vinegar solution to dry on the tiles; this leaves streaks on porcelain tiles.

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