How to Make Ceramic Tile Look New

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When your ceramic tile was first installed, you were proud of it and could not wait to show it off to friends and family. Over time, however, ceramic tiles get dirty and the grout between them darkens as dust and other contaminants build up. Dingy tiles lack the aesthetic appeal of new ones and could leave you embarrassed of the floor you once took great pride in. Fortunately, your dingy ceramic tile floor is not a lost cause. You can restore the brightness and shine your floor once possessed, making your ceramic tile look brand new again.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Cotton fiber mop
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Sweep the floor, taking care to sweep under appliances and in corners.

  • Mix 1 cup rubbing alcohol in two gallons of warm water. Mop the floor with this solution. The rubbing alcohol will lift stubborn stains from the tiles. Let the floor dry.

  • Combine 1 part oxygen bleach to 5 parts water. Mix well. Mop the floor with the bleach solution using a cotton fiber mop that reaches between the tiles. Let the oxygen bleach solution sit on the tiles for 30 minutes.

  • Scrub the grout lightly with a soft-bristled brush dipped in the oxygen bleach solution.

  • Mop the floor with plain water to remove any leftover residue. Let it dry. Repeat the process if any stains remain on your tile or grout.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not have a cotton fiber mop, clean the grout between your tiles by hand using a sponge.
  • You can help hide stubborn stains by dabbing the area with paint the same color as your grout.
  • Open the windows and turn on your ceiling fans whenever you work with chemicals. Chemical fumes can be toxic.
  • As tempting as it may be to scrub stubborn grout stains with a stiff-bristled or wire-bristled brush, avoid the temptation. Stiff and wire bristled tools may scratch your ceramic tile.
  • Wear latex gloves when cleaning with bleach. Bleach can burn sensitive skin.

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