Cleaning Mosaic Tiles

Mosaic glass tiles are amongst the most resilient tile surfaces. They are non-porous (so they don’t soak up water or stains) and hard (so they don’t scratch or etch). Mosaic glass tiles are commonly installed as wall tiles in bathroom and showers, or as a feature tile.

Glass tiles may also have a special ‘crazed’ effect on the surface which can gather dirt, and intensive cleaning is required to remove or reduce any build-up.

If the surface is smooth often the dirtiest part of the surface will be the grout lines – if that is your problem visit our section on how to clean grout. However if the tile is textured or ‘crazed’, the dirt will embed in the tile’s texture, and you can clean them using the following guidelines.

Mosaic glass ceramic wall tiles – regular cleaning

  1. Damp clean
  2. Clean using a microfibre sponge or cloth dampened with warm water (no chemicals are necessary when using good-quality microfibre). The sponge or cloth will ‘grab’ the surface and lift out most daily grime.

  3. Spot clean (if necessary)
  4. Spot clean any spills, marks or stains using a neutral pH chemical such as Slique Cleansing Fluid. Your local tile shop will have other neutral ceramic cleaning or porcelain cleaning chemicals that are suitable for home use. If using a chemical, rinse the surface lightly with clean water.


Mosaic glass ceramic wall tiles – intensive cleaning

  1. Scrub
  2. Scrub using a light solution of tile cleaner suitable for your tiles, such as Slique’s Heavy Duty Tile cleaner. Your local tile shop will have something suitable for tile cleaning home use. Use a soft brush to work the solution into the tiles and grout. Continue to complete small areas until the entire surface has been scrubbed.

  3. Extract
  4. When the solution has lifted out the dirt, remove the liquid and dirt using an old towel or clean, dry mop.

  5. Rinse
  6. Rinse with clean water.