Porcelain tiles are prone to streaking, dulling and scratching when being cleaned incorrectly.
Taking a soft approach is the key factor to keep in mind when cleaning porcelain tiles. Use a soft bristle broom, a soft microfiber mop and a soft cloth.
Also avoid using any abrasive cleaners such as ammonia that can damage the surface of the tiles or leave a dull sheen resulting in streaking.
Below is a step-by-step guide for the best way to clean porcelain tiles:
Step 1 – Sweep Or Vacuum
Use a soft bristle broom to sweep up all the loose dirt on the floor or suck it up with a vacuum that has the brush attachment on it.
Pay special attention to the edges of the floor and corners where dirt can collect and get stuck.
Step 2 – Prepare The Cleaning Solution
A solution of 1/4 of a cup of vinegar in about 750 ml’s of hot water is the ideal eco-friendly and very cost-effective cleaning solution.
You can also substitute the vinegar for lemon juice for a fresh scent.
If you prefer to use a detergent, window cleaner diluted in water or dishwashing liquid are ideal choices to break down dirt and grime without streaking.
Remember that dilution is the key to prevent streaking. If streaking does occur, you are using too much detergent.
If it’s taking too much effort to clean the floors, you aren’t using enough detergent.
Step 3 – Preparing The Tools
A microfiber mop is an ideal tool for cleaning porcelain tiles. You will also need a soft cloth or towel to dry the floors.
For really dirty floors that have built on grime or scuff marks, a scrubbing brush may be necessary.
Once again, make sure that it is a soft bristle scrubbing brush.
Step 4 – Scrub The Floors
This step is only necessary for very dirty, grimy floors or where filth and gunk has built up on the tile grouting.
Pour some of your detergent into a spray bottle and spray directly on the marks or grouting and allow it to work for a few minutes.
Scrub the dirt away and wipe away the excess moisture and dirt with a soft, damp cloth or towel.
Step 5 – Wash The Floors
Dilute your cleaning solution in a bucket and dip your microfiber mop into the solution.
It is best to remove excess moisture before cleaning the floors. It is also recommended to clean the floors in sections rather than the entire floor in one go.
Step 6 – Rinse And Dry The Floors
Once again, working in sections, use a soft cloth dipped in clean, hot water to rinse the floors.
Follow immediately with a dry towel to remove as much excess water as possible from the floors.
This rinsing and drying process is what will prevent streaking or a build-up of detergent that will dull the sheen of the tiles.
Some expert cleaning guides recommend an additional drying phase after washing and before rinsing.
However, this isn’t entirely necessary and basically just adds to the labour involved when it comes to cleaning porcelain tile floors.
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