How to Clean Greasy Film Off of Ceramic Tile

Updated February 21, 2017

Ceramic tile withstands most abuse without accepting stains or scratches, but its slick, usually glazed surface will collect a greasy film over time, especially in well-used kitchens. You might also inadvertently create a slippery, greasy surface by cleaning your ceramic tile with an oil-based cleanser, which leaves a residue on glazed tile. Greasy film is not only unattractive and a germ and dirt magnet, but it's also a hazard on a floor, where it may cause a fall. Clean the greasy film off your ceramic tile as soon as you notice it.

Combine all your liquid ingredients into the bucket and stir them until they are completely mixed.

Unscrew the spray bottle's spray top, and put the funnel's small end into the spray bottle's opening. Pour the bucket's solution into the spray bottle via the funnel. Replace the spray bottle's spray top once you've filled the bottle.

Spray this solution onto the greasy area, and then wipe away both the solution and the greasy film with your sponge. Clean the grout with the same solution, using an old toothbrush as a scrubber if necessary. Mop any greasy floors with a mop soaked in your bucket of solution.

Rinse the cleaned areas with clean water.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 cups ammonia
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Gallon bucket
  • Funnel
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Rag
  • Old toothbrush
  • Mop
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Katherine Harder kicked off her writing career in 1999 in the San Antonio magazine "Xeriscapes." She's since worked many freelance gigs. Harder also ghostwrites for blogs and websites. She is the proud owner of a (surprisingly useful) Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University.