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How to Clean a Ceramic Tile Floor

It's the porous surface of ceramic tiles that make them so warm and welcoming to bare feet—it's also what makes them so vulnerable to stains and grime.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Vacuum floor Vacuum your floor thoroughly to remove any loose dirt or grime.
  • Step 2: Mix solution For an unsealed floor, mix the vinegar into the bucket of warm water. For a sealed floor, mix the mild soap into the water instead.
  • TIP: Sealed tile floors should be waxed once a year -- and stripped, re-sealed, and re-waxed every few years.
  • Step 3: Scrub stains If there are any stains, use the cleaning solution and the plastic-bristled brush to scrub them away.
  • Step 4: Soak mop Soak the mop in the bucket containing the cleaning solution, then ring it out.
  • TIP: Check warnings or recommendations from the tile's manufacturers before using a commercial cleaner.
  • Step 5: Mop floor Mop the floor.
  • Step 6: Fill bucket with water Empty the cleaning solution and fill the bucket with clean water.
  • Step 7: Rinse floor Mop the floor again to rinse, making sure not to mop yourself into a corner.
  • Step 8: Let floor dry Allow the floor to dry, then take off your shoes and go for a stroll.
  • FACT: In the West African country of Mauritania, it's traditional to eat sitting on the floor.

You Will Need

  • A vacuum with a floor or brush attachment
  • A bucket with 2 gal. of warm water
  • A quarter c. of white vinegar or a quarter cup of mild soap
  • A rag mop
  • A brush with plastic bristles

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