Helpful tips to keep your ceramic tile floors clean

Helpful tips to keep your ceramic tile floors clean

Ceramic tile is a popular flooring choice for its durability, beauty, and easy maintenance. However, to keep your ceramic tile floors looking their absolute best, regular care and attention are needed. Let's dive into some helpful tips that will ensure your tile floors always radiate cleanliness and shine!

Prevention is Key

  • Doormats: Place doormats at all entrances to catch dirt and debris before it gets tracked inside.

  • "No Shoes" rule: If practical, adopt a no-shoes policy to minimize dirt and scuffing.
  • Rugs: Use rugs in high-traffic areas to protect floors and add a touch of style.
  • Clean spills immediately: Wipe up spills quickly to prevent them from setting in and staining the tile or grout.

Regular Cleaning

  • Sweeping/Vacuuming: Sweep or vacuum your tile floors at least twice a week to remove dirt, crumbs, and pet hair. Use a vacuum with a soft-bristle attachment for tile.
  • Mopping: Mop regularly with warm water and a mild detergent designed for tile. Avoid cleaners with harsh chemicals, which can damage the finish.
  • "Clean as you go" mentality: Wipe away small spills and splashes in the kitchen and bathroom to maintain a fresh appearance.

Addressing Tough Stains and Grime

  • Baking soda paste: Mix baking soda with a little water to form a paste, then apply it to stains. Let it sit for a few minutes before gently scrubbing and rinsing.
  • Vinegar solution: Combine equal parts white vinegar and warm water for a natural cleaner that tackles grime. Rinse well after application.
  • Store-bought tile cleaners: Use commercial products specifically designed for ceramic tile for extra cleaning power and tough stains.

Grout Care

  • Seal your grout: Sealing your grout makes it less porous and more resistant to stains.
  • Clean regularly: Clean grout with a dedicated grout cleaner or a paste of baking soda and water. Use a stiff-bristled brush for effective cleaning.

Additional Tips

  • Change mop water frequently: Dirty water just redistributes grime.
  • Avoid harsh cleaners: Don't use abrasive cleaners or bleach, as they can scratch or discolor the tile.
  • Dry the floor: After mopping, dry the floor thoroughly to prevent streaks and water spots.

For Extra Expertise and Help


Sometimes, even with a diligent routine, a professional deep clean for your tile and grout can make a world of difference. Consider contacting a reputable company like Floor Coverings International® to help answer all of your tile questions.