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The best way to clean textured ceramic tile

Updated February 21, 2017

Ceramic tile is a great choice for flooring because it looks nice, is durable, and is easy to keep clean if cared for properly. Ceramic tile comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours, and textures. Cleaning tile becomes a little more challenging if the floors are textured, because the texture and grout provide crevices in which dirt can hide. You could hire a professional cleaning service to clean the tile for you, but there's no reason to waste your money. All you need to restore your ceramic tile is a few household ingredients

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  1. Sweep the floor with a broom or vacuum cleaner. Use a vacuum without a beater bar to avoid dulling and scratching the tiles.

  2. Mop the floor with a solution of 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon hot water.

  3. Combine baking soda with water to prepare a paste. Baking soda is a mild abrasive, all-purpose cleaner that will scour surfaces without scratching them. The amount of baking soda and water you need depends on the surface area you must clean. The paste should be about the same consistency as toothpaste.

  4. Spread the paste over your tile and into the grout. Use generously in areas with heavy soil. Allow to dry.

  5. Pour 1 cup vinegar into a spray bottle. You can dilute it with hot water, but pure, undiluted vinegar will work most effectively.

  6. Spray the floor with vinegar, directly onto the layer of baking soda paste. Allow to set for 15 minutes.

  7. Prepare a fresh bucket of 1 cup vinegar to 1 gallon hot water.

  8. Scrub the floor with a scrub brush, paying close attention to the dirtiest areas. You may need to sprinkle more baking soda in some places. It may take a lot of scrubbing, but it will come clean. Use an old toothbrush to clean between the grout and in other hard-to-reach areas.

  9. Mop the floor again with hot water to rinse the surface.

  10. Dry the entire floor with a towel to remove any residue and add extra shine to your tile.

  11. Warning

    Never use a scouring pad or abrasive cleaner on tile floor because these can scratch the surface and damage tile. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can get in the grooves of tile and, unlike other abrasive cleaners, will not scratch the surface.

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Things You'll Need

  • Scrub brush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Water
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Mop
  • Broom
  • Vacuum cleaner

About the Author

Amelia Allonsy

A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.

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