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How to Clean Tile Floors

Posted by Daltile Team on Apr 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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Spring is in the air and it’s time to open the windows and let the fresh air in. It’s time to give the house that deep cleaning that will bring it out of the darkness of winter and into the light of day.


The floors really take a beating in the winter. So if you look at your tile floor and wonder how you’ll ever get it looking clean again, never fear. Here are the basics.

One of the many advantages to tile is that it is typically easier to clean than other flooring surfaces. We’ve outlined some cleaning techniques below but you should always consult the tile manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions.

Cleaning Glazed Tile Products

  • Use all-purpose low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) household or commercial cleaners.
  • Be sure that the cleaner you use is ok to use on the grout joints.
  • Multipurpose cleaners designed for everyday use can be used on wall tile in residential bathrooms and showers.
  • The cleaner you choose should not contain hazardous or polluting products, including any acids or ammonia. Using these chemicals can cause damage to the tile and discolor the grout.

Cleaning Unglazed Tile Products

  • Clean with concentrated tile cleaners with a neutral pH.
  • Be sure that the cleaner you use is ok to use on the grout joints.

Removing Sealers, Waxes and Floor Finishes from Ceramic Tile

  • Use a Tile Sealer and Adhesive remover—test in a small area first and follow the product instructions.

Cleaning Glass Tiles

  • Use a non-abrasive cleaning solution that’s recommended for your tile.

Metal Signatures, Metal Ages, Urban Metals

  • It’s best to use a liquid non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Avoid using scouring pads, steel wool or other abrasive products as you may damage the tile.
  • Do not use cleaners containing ammonia, bleach or other hazardous compounds.

Following the guidelines provided by your tile manufacturer keeps your home looking beautiful and as new as the day you installed your tile for a long time to come! Welcome spring into your home with a fresh, clean tile floor.

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