Porcelain tile is consistently a preferred flooring choice among homeowners. Partly due to its beauty and durability, but also due to its stain-and moisture-resistance.
Clean porcelain tile regularly, as often as two times per week, to keep it in top condition.
Cleaning Unpolished/Unglazed Porcelain Tile
- Vacuum and sweep the area thoroughly to remove dust and dirt.
- Taking one section at a time (two or four feet square), saturate the tile surface with a vinegar-and-water mixture (1/4 cup white vinegar and two gallons of water) or a commercial cleanser (available for sale at the Tile Superstore & more).
- Allow the cleanser to soak into the tile for five to ten minutes, but do not allow it to dry.
- Scrub stained areas with a soft-bristle brush.
- Wipe away the dirty cleaning solution and rinse the area with hot water.
- Dry the tile with a clean towel or a microfiber cloth.
What Not to Do
While porcelain tile boasts exceptional durability, there are few products and techniques you should avoid when you go to clean:
-Never use a product containing ammonia or bleach (or any type of acid-based cleanser); these can alter the tile color and/or stain the grout. Also never use oil-based detergents or wax cleaners.
-Do not use any cleaners that contain dye or coloring.
-Never use steel wool to clean porcelain tile—small particles of steel can become embedded in the tile and grout, eventually causing rust stains.
-Do not use hard bristles or scrub brushes, as they can scratch the tile surface.
We’re proud to be able to help create a look you love, and we want it to last a lifetime. Regular cleaning and polishing with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth will ensure that porcelain tile retains its “like new” shine for many years.