Help! How can I can my porcelain floor tiles to shine?
Question To Mrs Mopp:
I have a black and white tiled floor. The tiles are porcelain and no matter how I clean them, my floor always looks dull and not quite clean. What can I do to make my floors shine?
Porcelain tiles are widely used in our homes and offices , they look nice and they are quite easy to take care of with a little know-how.
Quick Cleaning Guide to Porcelain
- Vacuum or sweep tiled area prior to mopping – pay particular attention to the corners and sides of the room
- Choose your cleaning solution based on the tile type – see below
- DO NOT use ammonia or bleach based products on porcelain as it can discolour the tile and alter the grout colour
- DO NOT use solutions that contain oil-based detergents, sealant or wax cleaners
- Use rugs at all entrances where there are porcelain tiles to prevent walk through of girt and dirt that may damage and scratch your tile
Different Type of Porcelain Tile and how to clean them
Unpolished Tile – For flooring with a moderate dirt level
- Vac/sweep – for best results use a clean, dry mop instead of a broom
- Saturate floor with cleaning solution and clean first in horizontal and then vertical motions, for a thorough coverage
- For stubborn stained areas, scrub the solution into the area with a nylon brush or scrub brush (avoid wire wool products)
- Rinse the floor with clean, clear water using a new mop head from the dirty one or using a steam mop
- Leave to dry in ventilated room or towel dry/buffer depending on size of the area
Polished/Glazed porcelain tiles
- Mop the floor with a mild cleaning solution – On a polished tile you need 50% less product than what you would on an unpolished floor – Mrs Mopp would recommend a cleaning agent that is non-soap based neutral PH cleaner or using a white vinegar mix (2 gallons hot water – 1/4 cup white vinegar)
- Rince tiles with clear, clean water
- Polish by hand, with a buffer , or with a clean, dry, flat-head microfibre mop to bring to a high shine. If you are cleaning a large floor area you may want to clean the floor in sections, as is the water is allowed to dry you will get water spots and streaking on your tile.
A textured tile will require a little more cleaning time. Standard wet mopping will not clean the tile to its best, so it is important with a textured tile to clean a little more frequently
- Vac/Sweep – for sweeping using a soft bristled broom, First sweep in the direction of the tile and then re-sweep in the opposite direction to ensure all dirt is picked up that may lodge in crevices or the groove of a tile.
- Scrub/mop floor with a neutral cleaning solution, again cleaning in both directions. First cleaning one way and then the other to ensure even coverage.
- Rinse the floor with clean, clear water and leave to air dry or towel dry/buffer depending on area size
- For stubborn stains or high traffic areas it is recommend you clean the floor this thoroughly at least once a week and vac/wet mop daily
The most important thing to remember is to rinse any product – bought or natural – off the floor once washed. For quick cleaning use only hot water and a clean mop head after vacuuming or sweeping and allow to dry or buff if the room is not well ventilated
Hope that helps?
Happy Cleaning – Mrs Mopp x