How to Clean Italian Tile Floors

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Clean Italian tile floor with stone soap.
Clean Italian tile floor with stone soap. (Image: wash room blues image by bgroovy2 from Fotolia.com)

Italian tile floors are typically made of a marble or ceramic base, and finished with a mild or high gloss layer that provides a smooth, elegant flooring option. As with any other type of flooring, this tile collects the same floor buildup, which can includes dirt, pebbles, crumbs and other debris that is tracked in on shoes. Since Italian tile is not a cheap investment, properly clean and care for these floors.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Mops
  • Bucket
  • Dish soap

Sweep the Italian tile several times a week with a soft broom when you notice buildup accumulating.

Moisten a cleaning mop lightly with warm tap water, and wipe across your Italian floors to remove most basic day-to-day buildup. Finish by drying the tile with a clean, dry mop to pull out the shine of the tile and prevent water spots.

Fill a cleaning bucket with 1 gallon warm water and 1 squirt dish soap, or about 1 tbsp. of the soap.

Moisten your mop in this soapy mixture, squeezing out the mop so it is only damp and not saturated, and wipe over your Italian tile.

Wipe off the tile with a damp mop and dry with a clean mop to get rid of the soap and prevent streaks or spotting.

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