How to Clean Porous Tile


Most ceramic and stone tile is porous, meaning it has indentations and an uneven surface that can often be difficult to clean thoroughly with just a mop and a bucket. Combine that with deep-set grout lines between the tiles, and you are left with an uneven surface that requires an occasional deep cleaning. This can be done with a cleaning routine that uses strong cleaning items that thoroughly clean the porous tile.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning buckets
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Scrub brush
  • Cleaning rags
  • Make a cleaning solution by filling one cleaning bucket with one gallon of hot water, and either two drops of vinegar or two drops of dish soap. Fill a separate cleaning bucket with hot water.

  • Dip a scrub brush into the bucket of cleaning solution, and begin scrubbing the porous tile. Start at one side of the room, and work your way to the opposite side.

  • After cleaning about three square feet of tile, dip a cleaning rag into the bucket of clean hot water. Wring it out and wipe the tile you just scrubbed.

  • Allow the tile to air dry, or speed up the drying process by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.

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