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Getting Tough Stains Out
A pH-neutral cleaner will remove grease, oil, and everyday spills from unglazed tiles. Or you can use the recipe below:
- 1 gallon warm water
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 5 drops Dawn dish detergent
Mix the baking soda until it is completely dissolved in the water. Add the dish detergent last so the cleaning solution doesn’t get too sudsy. Swish to mix the detergents.
Remember that unglazed tiles are meant to have a matt (no-shine) surface. They’re a bit rustic looking, which is probably one reason why you purchased them—so don’t spend too much time looking for the shine.
time looking for the shine.
polished as an alternative.
Cleaning Porcelain Tiled Surfaces
Porcelain tiles are pretty low maintenance. A regular cleaning done weekly should be all that’s needed. A regular cleaning only involves a thorough sweeping, then cleaning with water and a damp mop and a sh-mop (or something similar) to dry the floor.
If you have any doubts about the cleaning solutions you are using, do a patch test in an inconspicuous place first.
Cleaning a Dirty Porcelain Tiled Floor
If the floor is really dirty and in need of something more than just water, add 1/4 cup white vinegar to 2 gallons warm water. Mop the floor with the cleaning solution, then rinse with clean water and dry when finished. The vinegar will deodorize, disinfect, and clean the surface.
If the floor is really dirty, mop the floor with the same cleaning solution, but let it sit a few minutes. Mop again, rinse, and dry. If you are working with a large surface area, work in sections so the liquid doesn’t dry on the floor.
Removing a Coffee Stains from Porcelain Tiles
Most often spills are cleaned immediately, but sometimes we forget or they are overlooked until later.
For a coffee stain, simply sprinkle a touch of baking soda over the stain, then dampen a cloth with water and gently scrub.
Cleaning Mud from a Porcelain Tile Floor
This is why door mats are handy to have by entrances!
Let the mud completely dry. When dry pick up as much as you can, or suck up the dirt with the vacuum hose. Then rinse with a vinegar and water solution and dry.
Removing Hard Water Stains from Porcelain Tiles
In a spray bottle, make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Spray the solution on the stain and gently scour the area. Repeat, rinse, and dry.
Routine Maintenance and Protection of Tiled Surfaces
- Daily wipe down spills and messes.
- Weekly cleanings are the best way to maintain and keep your tiled surfaces looking their best.
- Sweep or vacuum prior to cleaning floors. Do not use the beater bar, if your vacuum does not have the option to turn this off then I would sweep the floor.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners.
- Use a cloth, sponge, or soft mop when scrubbing or cleaning. Do not use a hard bristled brush.
- Always rinse with clean water after cleaning to remove any residue and to prevent build up.
- Clean spills up as soon as possible.
- Protect floors by using felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs.
- Use floor mats and rugs to protect the flooring from dirt, grime, scuff marks, etc.
- Use coasters on counters to protect the surface from water rings caused from glasses sweating.
Maintaining and protecting these surfaces in the right way will keep them beautiful for years and years.
Glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles should not be cleaned with abrasive cleaners.