How to Machine Clean Porcelain Tiles


Tile floors are often placed in high traffic areas of homes where they pick up a lot of dirt and grime. A good way to scrub a large tile floor is to use a consumer grade floor-scrubbing machine. Typically, this type of scrubbing machine will have dual spinning heads that rotate while floor cleaning fluid dispenses from a reservoir. This type of machine does a good job of quickly scrubbing large expanses of floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Floor scrubbing machine (can be rented)
  • Floor cleansing solution
  • Distilled water
  • Towels
  • Scotch-Brite pad and sponge
  • Fill the reservoir of the scrubber with hot distilled water and the percentage of floor cleaning solution you will need. Use a higher percentage if the floor is quite dirty.

  • Remove all furniture and objects from the area to be cleaned. It is sometimes a good idea to roll a towel into a log and to lay this log where the tile connects with carpeting to prevent the cleaning solution from penetrating the carpet.

  • Start at the furthest point in the room, and scrub the floor in sections. Most consumer-grade scrubbers will not pick up the water for you. Use old towels to immediately dry the floor. This prevents soapy deposits that can discolor the appearance of the clean floor. Distilled water will not leave mineral deposits which can discolor the floor. Towels can be pushed across the cleansed area with your feet except against walls and in corners.

  • Scrub marks or under the edge of appliances with the Scotch-Brite pad, and use cast-off liquid from the scrubber.

  • Reseal the porcelain floor and grout once or twice a year to prevent stains from penetrating into the tile or grout. Keep grit and dirt swept up to prevent degrading the sealant.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consumer scrubbers are affordable, and they often come with a selection of scrubbing heads designed for many different types of floors. Use floor cleansing products designed for the type of floor you are cleaning, and purchase those products from flooring stores, not grocery stores as the ingredients in the solution will do the best job for your floor type.
  • Do not scrub a floor with loose dirt or grit because this can scratch the sealant protecting the tile and grout. Vacuum before scrubbing with a non-beater bar vacuum cleaner for the best results.

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