How to Clean Tile

Clean the tile in your home by following these simple steps.

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.