4 Steps to Cleaning Tile Floors the Right Way

Tile flooring is a great choice for rooms where water and/or humidity is present like the bathroom, kitchen, mudroom, or laundry room. Whether your tile floors are ceramic, vinyl, or stone, cleaning them correctly ensures they look great and continue to do so for many years. Here are the steps to cleaning tile floors properly. 

Your Tile Floor Cleaning Schedule

How often you clean your tile floor depends on how much traffic it sees. Areas that see a lot of traffic will require more cleaning than those that do not. On average, however, you should sweep tile floors daily to remove loose dirt that can scratch the surface and mop weekly to remove grime. Of course, any spills should be cleaned immediately to prevent staining. 

How to Clean Vinyl Tile Floors

Step 1 – Sweep or vacuum to remove surface dirt.

Step 2 – Remove tough stains. Use WD-40 to get rid of scuff marks and a paste of baking soda/water to remove dried-on food. 

Step 3 – Mop following the instructions on the cleaner bottle. 

Be sure to rinse the mop every so often so as not to push grime around the floor. Wring the mop well when you rinse to avoid flooding the floor, which can cause the edges of the tiles to lift. 

Step 4 – Correct a Waxing mistake. Most vinyl floors are no-wax, which means they dull if a waxy cleaner is used. If you mistakenly use a wax-based cleaner, correct your mistake by mixing a one-to-one solution of water and ammonia. Using a scrub brush and the solution, scrub the floor until the shine returns. 

How to Clean Stone and Ceramic Tile Floors

Step 1 – Sweep or vacuum to remove loose dirt. 

Step 2 – Clean the grout lines. If the grout on your tile floor hasn’t been sealed, it will attract dirt that can be difficult to remove. You can use a paste made from baking soda and water, hydrogen peroxide, or an oxygen-based bleach, along with a small scrub brush, to remove these tough stains before mopping as usual. 

Step 3 – Mop using a commercial cleaner designed for your particular type of tile floor. Follow the directions on the bottle and remember less is more when it comes to the amount of cleaner you use. Using too much can leave a sticky residue that attracts dirt like a magnet. 

Step 4 – Rinse the floor. Rinse the mop well and use clear water to remove any soapy residue left behind by the cleaner. Allow the floor to air dry. 

Tile flooring is a good choice in rooms where moisture is often present. It is durable and comes in a wide array of colors, patterns, and textures. Whether you have vinyl, ceramic, or natural stone tiles, be sure to follow the steps above to clean them correctly so they last a long, long time.