How to Clean Unglazed Porcelain Tile

Tile is an excellent choice in a floor covering for you home, especially in the kitchen or bathrooms where dirt and moisture can be a problem. Tile can either be glazed, which gives the tile a shiny appearance, or it can be unglazed, which offers more of a matte finish. Whereas cleaning glazed tile can be easily accomplished, unglazed tile tends to hold onto dirt a little more, making cleaning a bigger chore.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Cloth
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dish washing liquid
  • Clean cloth
  • Stiff broom

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Sweep the unglazed tile with a stiff broom. Unglazed tile is more forgiving with respect to scratches, and a soft broom may not give you enough friction to remove the dirt there. Concentrate on the grout lines, where dirt collects.

Create a solution using 1 cup of white distilled vinegar in a gallon of warm water. Add a teaspoon of dish washing liquid after you have added the water. Adding it while the water is running in the bucket will create too many suds.

Dip a cleansing cloth into the solution and wring it out well. If your cloth is too wet, you will leave too much water on the tile. That could soak the grout and damage it.

Wipe the damp cloth over the unglazed tile, removing all the grime.

Re-wet your cloth frequently after rinsing it out in the bucket.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use a mop as opposed to a cloth. You may not get the leverage you would with a cloth, but you will avoid having to get on your hands and knees.
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