Wondering how to clean porcelain tile floors? We have the answer. Today, we are going to cover all things porcelain-tile related when it comes to cleaning so that you don’t have to ask that question ever again. You’ll walk away knowing which porcelain tile cleaner to use for which type of porcelain finish (since polished porcelain tile and unglazed porcelain tile do have different requirements). If you’re excited like us, let’s dive in and cover the world of cleaning porcelain tile flooring!

What’s Needed to Clean Porcelain Tiles? 

The first steps is gathering your materials. While it varies from situation to situation, there are a few base products that you’ll always want to have on hand. 

They are:

A vacuum | A Broom set | A large bucket | White Vinegar | Sponges | Scrub Brush (non-metal) | Towel (for drying).

How Often Should You Be Cleaning Porcelain Tile?

For anyone wondering how to make porcelain tiles shine weekly, there are two types of cleaning that you should always perform. The first is week-to-week cleaning which consists of sweeping and vacuuming to remove any dirt or debris. 

The next way to clean is with a vinegar-water solution and should be completed monthly. This is a more involved, deep-cleaning solution that will result in squeaky clean floors. Try to set a date each month and stick to it for best results.

How to Clean Polished Porcelain Tile?

Now that we’ve covered what’s needed and how often cleaning should occur, let’s roll into the main topic: How to clean the porcelain tile floors! To start, we’re going to review the steps for glazed porcelain tile, or polished (patterned) porcelain tile. 

Here is the step-by-step plan for this tile and its cleaning method: 

1. Sweep your floors thoroughly. You want to make sure to get rid of any dirt, dust, or grime that may be present. Also, remove any furniture from the areas you’ll be cleaning. 

2. Grab your bucket and fill it up with 1 gallon of hot water then stir in ¼ cup of white vinegar. Vinegar is a tough yet natural cleaning solution that will surely clean up any messes that may be found on your tile. 

3. Go on and mop the floor with your vinegar solution. Or use a large sponge. It’s up to you and what you’re most comfortable with. 

4. Finally, wipe off with clean water (not your solution) and dry with a towel. 

There you have it: How to clean polished or glazed porcelain tiles in a gentle, effective way. 

How To Clean Unpolished Porcelain Tile?

Next up is cleaning unpolished tile. Since this type of finish doesn’t have the same protective coat that polished porcelain has, you’ll want to make sure that the solution you use is gentle. The vinegar solution can still work here, but you can also look for a commercial-grade, gentle solution to proceed with even more caution. 

Here are the steps for unpolished porcelain tile:

1. Sweep your floors thoroughly. You want to make sure to get rid of any dirt, dust, or grime that may be present. Also, remove any furniture from the areas you’ll be cleaning. 

2. Grab your bucket and fill it up with 1 gallon of hot water then stir in ¼ cup of white vinegar. Or, use a gentle commercial-grade cleaner (following instructions on label). 

3. Go on and mop the floor. Or use a large sponge. It’s up to you and what you’re most comfortable with. 

4. Finally, wipe off with clean water (not your solution) and dry with a towel. 

Wondering about wood look porcelain tiles? Read this blog post.

Do’s and Do Nots for Tile Cleaning 

There are some definitive dos and don’ts when it comes to porcelain tile floor cleaning. Let’s quickly review them so that you’re ready to go.

Do’s 

Make sure to always rinse the area and sweep before cleaning.

Don’ts

Don’t use cleaners that have acid or chlorine since it could hurt the intrinsic coloring of tiles (especially for patterned porcelain tiles). 

Don’t use a metallic brush to scrub.

Don’t use cleaning agents that have coloring.

That’s a wrap on how to clean porcelain tiles! We hope that you walk away with a better understanding of the process. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us or comment below for help!