How to clean porous floor tiles

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How to clean porous floor tiles
Clean porous floor tiles to remove abrasive dirt particles. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Floor tiles are recognised for their versatility, durability and diverse style options. They are available glazed or unglazed to accommodate individual preferences. Glazed tiles are more resistant to dirt and moisture than unglazed tiles. Since unglazed floor tiles are very porous and susceptible to surface contaminants, they require frequent cleaning to prevent becoming stained and damaged. Properly maintaining porous floor tiles preserves their aesthetic appeal and allows them to last longer. Clean porous floor tiles with basic supplies and techniques.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Dust mop
  • 2 tablespoons mild liquid household detergent
  • 1 gallon very warm water
  • 2 clean mop pails
  • Microfiber mop
  • Clean cotton towels

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  1. 1

    Sweep up loose debris from the floor with a broom. Remove tiny abrasive grit particles with a dust mop.

  2. 2

    Combine 2 tablespoons of mild liquid household detergent with 1 gallon of very warm water in a clean mop pail. Thoroughly mix the solution to dissolve the detergent.

  3. 3

    Fill another clean mop pail with warm water for rinsing.

  4. 4

    Dip a microfiber mop in the detergent solution. Wring out excess liquid from the mop. Mop a 4-foot by 4-foot section of the floor in circular motions to pick up accumulated dirt and grime. Frequently rinse the mop in the warm water to prevent redistributing grime to the porous tiles.

  5. 5

    Clean the remaining 4-foot by 4-foot sections of the floor using the same method as for the first section. Occasionally rinse out the mop pails and refill them with fresh solution and warm water.

  6. 6

    Mop all the floor tiles with fresh warm water to wash away any remaining detergent residue. Thoroughly rinse the entire floor.

  7. 7

    Wipe the tiles with clean cotton towels until completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute a vacuum for the broom.
  • You can substitute a solution of 1 gallon of warm water, 2 tablespoons of household ammonia and 1 tablespoon of borax for the detergent solution. Test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the floor.
  • Scouring powders, steel wool and other abrasive cleaning supplies can scratch floor tiles.
  • Vinegar, lemon juice and other acid-based cleaners can damage natural stone tiles.
  • Use cleaning products recommended by the tile manufacturer or installer to prevent discolouring or damaging the floor.

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