Take care of your ceramic tile floors with a gentle hand and a few smart cleaning techniques, which will keep your tiles and grout looking like new.
Sweep or vacuum your glazed tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sand and grit can dull glazed surfaces. Clean tile with mild detergent and clean water, using a rag or chamois-type mop rather than a sponge mop. The latter pushes dirty water into grout lines and makes them harder to clean. Be sure to change the water frequently while mopping; dirty water equals a cloudy floor.
If your tiles look hazy, you might be dealing with soapy residue. Remove the film with a nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner. You could also try a mild acid -- such as fresh lemon juice -- on ceramic tiles (but never on marble). Rinse thoroughly with clean water, and buff dry with a clean lint-free cloth. Be kind to your knees and dry tiles the easy way: by using your foot to slide the cloth over the floor.
The real secret to a great-looking tile floor is clean grout. Grout is porous and absorbs grease and other stains. Skip commercial cleaners and instead make a paste of baking soda and water. Rub it on the stain, let it sit overnight, then scrub the stain in the morning with a stiff nylon brush (a metal brush will damage the grout). Repeat as necessary. Apply a silicone-base sealer to the grout to repel future stains.
Tile floors are incredibly durable, and look great in any room of your home. To keep them looking like new, it's important to keep them clean. These floors are ceramic tile, and don't require special care. Coarse tiles such as slate, marble, granite, or limestone do require individualized care and often specific cleaners. To clean ceramic or other glazed tile, first sweep or vacuum the floor to remove loose dirt and grime. Next, wash the floors with mild detergent and warm water. Using a soft cloth or Shammy-style mop. Avoid sponge mops which push the dirty water into grout lines, only creating more work. If your floors are particularly dirty, change the water often. If the tile looks cloudy, use a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and residue from the tile. Then, buff dry with a cloth. Give your knees and back a break, and dry the tiles standing up. It's always smart to test any cleaner before beginning. Look to the tile manufacturer for specific instructions, and your floors will look like new for years to come.