How to clean ceramic tile floors and grout

How to clean ceramic tile floors and grout

Cleaning ceramic tile floors can be fun

Properly cleaning, sealing and maintaining ceramic tile floors is necessary for preserving your ceramic tile floors.

Knowing how to properly clean your ceramic tile floors is essential to keeping your ceramic tile floors looking beautiful and stain free. The proper cleaning products and cleaning techniques can ensure that your ceramic tile floors will retain their new looking appearance for many years to come. Ceramic tile floors typically have lots of grease and grime that take different cleaning products and techniques than cleaning tile showers .

The following are some of the products that should NOT be used to clean ceramic tile floors:

So what type of products should you use to clean ceramic tile floors?

Cleaning products designed for cleaning ceramic tile floors and grout!

Alkaline tile and grout cleaning products.

Acidic tile and grout cleaning products.

PH neutral tile and grout cleaning product.

Ph neutral cleaning products are excellent to clean your ceramic tile floors on a daily basis. These products are not aggressive cleaners so they will not remove the stubborn stains in your ceramic tile floors. These products are good to use on a daily basis because they rinse free from your ceramic tile floors and they will not break down any of the sealers in your ceramic tile floor grout.

How to actually clean dirty, filthy ceramic tile floors.

  • Mix the alkaline tile and grout cleaning product according to the manufacturers instructions with the hottest tap water available.   Hot water will always clean better then cold water for any type of cleaning.  Cleaning ceramic tile floors is not any different.
  • Apply the hot alkaline cleaning solution to the ceramic tile floor with a mop or scrub pad. Ensure that the tile and grout is totally saturated with the hot cleaning solution.  Do not let the cleaning solution dry on the ceramic tile floor.
  • Let the hot alkaline cleaning solution dwell for 20 minutes on the ceramic tile floor and grout.   Let the alkaline cleaning solution have time to react with the dirt, grease and grime to emulsify these contaminates from your tile and grout.
  • You should take an aggressive scrub pad and scrub your grout lines while the alkaline cleaning solution is dwelling in on your ceramic tile floors.   Typically the grout is the most difficult thing to clean on a ceramic tile floor.  Keep scrubbing the grout until you are satisfied that the the grout lines are as clean as they are going to get.
  • Extract the dirty alkaline cleaning solution from your ceramic tile floor and grout.   You can use a wet vac to assist you in extracting the dirty alkaline cleaning solution off of your tile and grout.  Then go over your ceramic tile floor with a mop and bucket of water to thoroughly rinse away the dirty alkaline cleaning solution from your tile and grout.
  • Dry off your ceramic tile floor with a clean dry towel.   This will help to remove any remaining dirty alkaline cleaning residue from your ceramic tile floor.
  • Inspect the ceramic tile floor to see your cleaning result.  If the ceramic tile floor and grout is clean then you can go and seal your ceramic tile floor.
  • If the grout still looks dirty then you need to clean your floor with the acidic cleaning solution.  Mix the acidic tile and grout cleaning solution with warm water and apply it to the ceramic tile floor. Cleaning ceramic tile floors with acidic cleaning products can be scary for some people. These type of acidic products for cleaning ceramic tile floors are safe to use as long as you wear protective gloves and do not let the acidic cleaning product sit on your skin for too long.
  • You should see the grout fizz clean with the acidic tile and grout cleaning product.  It is not necessary to let the acidic cleaning product dwell on the tile and grout when you clean ceramic tile floors. Just mop the acidic cleaning product down and extract the residue the same way you did with the alkaline cleaning product.
  • After using the acidic cleaning product then it is necessary to neutralize the acid in the grout.   You do not want to leave the grout in an acidic state after cleaning your ceramic tile floors. You should go back over the ceramic tile floor and re clean the floor with the alkaline cleaning solution.  This will neutralize the grout so it is not left in an acidic state.


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