How to Get Floor Tiles Shiny

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Dull floor tiles can make a room look dirty even if you just finished cleaning it. Tiles lose their luster for a variety of reasons, including damage to the shiny surface and dirt. Improper cleaning can leave behind a film that results in a dull, dingy tile surface that can only be remedied by using the correct cleaning solutions. Most floor tiles are ceramic, although porcelain, stone and linoleum options also exist. All tile floors, except for linoleum, respond well to the same cleaning methods.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Sponge mop
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Sweep the floor daily with a dust mop. Dirt particles left on the floor scratch the tiles, ruining their shine and giving them a permanently dull appearance.

  • Combine ¼ cup vinegar with 1 gallon of water if the tiles are dull due to grease, hard water or heavy dirt buildup. Mop the floors with a sponge mop and the vinegar solution.

  • Mop the floor a second time with clear water. Wring out the mop often and change the water if it becomes dirty or cloudy. Dirty mop water leaves behind a thin film that reduces the shine on the floor.

  • Combine one to two squirts of liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 gallon of water if the floor is dull but not dirty. Mop the floor with this solution. Mop a second time with clear water to remove any remaining detergent film.

Tips & Warnings

  • Commercial tile cleaners are also available. Use only those cleaners labeled for use on your particular tile material.
  • Do not use vinegar on linoleum tiles, as the acid in the vinegar can damage the linoleum. Use detergent and water to bring back the shine of this material.

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