Though tiling can tend to lose its lustre over time, cleaning porcelain tiles is a relatively simple process. That said, there are some important factors to bear in mind before deciding on a cleaning strategy, such as whether the tiles are polished, textured or bare.
Doing the job regularly (once or twice weekly) is the best way to clean porcelain tiles, preventing a build-up of dirt and any unsightly stains from spreading. This can be accomplished with a simple sweep and vacuum to remove debris, followed by mopping with warm water. However, when dirt gets out of hand, more extreme action can be required. Here are our top tips for how to clean porcelain tiles:
How to Clean Porcelain Tile Floors
- Sweep the tiled area with a microfibre mop, paying particular attention to the edges of the room where dirt is most likely to congregate.
- Apply a solution of cleaning fluid and hot water. Read the directions on the label and test the product in a small area first before using on the entire surface. Leave to stand for up to ten minutes, following the directions on the label.
- Scrub the area with a soft nylon brush.
- Wipe away the dirty cleaning residue with clean warm water.
- Though unglazed porcelain tiling is notoriously stain resistant, stains can and often do build up over time. To tackle tricky areas, repeat steps 2-4 as required.
How to Clean Polished Porcelain Tiles
Cleaning porcelain tiles that are polished can seem like a daunting task; fortunately, help is at hand. First you’ll need to choose your cleaning product. You have three main options – whichever you choose, make sure to follow the directions on the label and test it in a small area first.