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How to Clean and Polish Porcelain and Ceramic Tiles

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Polished tiles are the most common tiles used in the bathroom, the kitchen and other areas of the home. There are different types of tiles, but two of the most popular are porcelain and ceramic tiles. Cleaning a tiled surface is not complicated but there are certain tricks help retain the integrity of the tiles for longer. In today’s post, we are giving you a step-by-step guide on how to clean porcelain and ceramic tiles:

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are high-gloss tiles comprised by a porcelain surface on top of a glass glaze. Although glazed porcelain tiles are resistant to scratches, deeper nicks are more noticeable on a glossy surface.

To clean porcelain tiles, move the furniture around so you have a clear area to work with. Get a gallon of hot water and add about half a cup of white vinegar. You can also use a cleaner made specifically for porcelain tiles.

Now, sweep the floor clean. Get a mop or a sponge and saturate it with the vinegar solution. Wipe the porcelain tiles very well. The acidity of the vinegar will cut through grease and grime. Moisten the mop or sponge periodically with the solution as you move to a larger surface area. Finally, wipe the porcelain tiles with clean water to remove any residue from the cleansing agent. Let the porcelain tiles dry using a towel to reduce water spots. Buff the floor with the towels to achieve a high shine.

For hard to remove stains, mix an equal part of baking soda and borax. Add a small amount of water to create a soft paste. Apply on the stain and scrub gently to lift tough dirt. Rinse with clean water and leave it to dry.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles are comprised of sand and clay heated to high temperatures to create a durable surface. Glaze is added to the surface for a high-gloss finish.

To clean ceramic tiles, start with a clean area to work with. Move furniture around and sweep the floor clean. Vacuum the tiles if you have to but do not use it to scrub the ceramic tiles. The abrasive bristles of a vacuum cleaner could scratch the glaze of the ceramic tiles.

Once the area is clean, fill two buckets with hot water. The first bucket will be used to wash the floor and the second one to rinse the surface. To wash the floor, add several drops of dish soap in the bucket of water. Get a mop or a sponge and saturate it with the solution. Scrub the surface gently to remove dirt, grime, and stain.

After scrubbing the whole surface clean of dirt, use the second bucket of water to rinse the floor. Make sure there is no residue left before drying the surface. Finally, get old newspapers or old towels and sweep the wet floor dry. The newspaper or old towels will also remove any remaining dirt and buff the surface to a high shine.

TIP: Never use vinegar on ceramic tiles. The acidity of vinegar may dull the glaze or even damage the surface of the ceramic tiles.

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