The Best Way to Clean Ceramic Tile

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Ceramic is a common tile option that is both permanent and durable, giving you a strong surface that will last a lifetime. Ceramic tile is virtually maintenance free, but it does require cleaning just as any other household surface. To keep ceramic tile looking its best, clean it regularly with tools and cleaners safe for the tile.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Cleaning rags or mop
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Nylon scrub brush or toothbrush
  • Sweep the ceramic tile at least once per week with a rag, broom or vacuum cleaner. This removes all of the loose crumbs and grit from the tile. Using cleaning rags works well on ceramic tile walls, countertops and backsplashes.

  • Mix 1 gallon water and 1 cup white vinegar in a bucket.

  • Dip a mop into the bucket, and mop the ceramic tile.

  • Sprinkle a light coat of baking soda over any soiled grout, and scrub it with a damp toothbrush or nylon scrub brush.

  • Wipe down the tile and grout areas with a damp rag or mop when finished.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use metal or wire cleaning brushes on tile or grout, because they will scratch and damage the surface.

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