How to Polish Porcelain Tile Floors

Porcelain tiles are a fantastic choice for flooring as they are very durable and tough. It is an ideal option as it is easy to clean, is maintenance free and will look new for years on end. Porcelain tiles are children friendly, fire resistant, asthma friendly, last for ages and they act well in hot climatic conditions.

Polished porcelain tiles that are light colored add a different look to our home. The lighter tone ones are used to help make the room look brighter and it also makes the room look bigger.

Porcelain tiles when first laid have a very smooth finish and a shiny look. But as time goes by, the look can wear down and can give out a very drab look. The reason maybe anything for your tiles to look dull or drab. It can be either grout discoloration or leftover soap or residue from all the different cleaning solutions used. If there is enough determination in us, we can get the old shine back to our porcelain tiles and make them as good as new.

How to Polish Porcelain Tile FloorsThings you will need to get before the procedure:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Soft bristled toothbrush
  • Old cloths
  • Vinegar
  • Hydrochloride acid
  • Microfiber cloth

Step by step procedure on how to clean your porcelain tiles:

Step 1: Take a bucket of water and pour in a tea spoon of mild dish soap. Take the soft bristle brush or a tooth brush and dip it in to the soapy water. Scrub the tile in a circular motion.

Step 2: Scrub the floor till the residue is gone from the tile, now wet a cloth and wipe the leftover solution from the tile. If the stains are gone then clean it with a dry cloth.

Step 3: If the stain is still persistent, fill 3 cups of vinegar in to a cup of water and scrub the tile with the help of a brush. Vinegar is used as it is used to clean out stubborn stains. After cleaning with the solution take a wet cloth and wipe up the tile clean. If the tiles have come clean use a dry cloth to clean the tile.

Step 4: If still there is residue left on the tile, mix ½ cup of hydrochloric acid in 4 cups of water and clean the tile. If this also doesn’t work you must use a soap scum remover. Wipe the liquid on the tiles and let it sit for some time. After that, clean the tiles with a wet cloth and then a dry cloth.

Step 5: Use a microfiber cloth and buff the tile. The micro fiber cloth is used to make the tile shine.

Some tips to follow:

You must make sure to clean your tiles immediately and must not wait for it to stain your floors. Another point to look for when purchasing tiles is to check whether the tiles are pre-sealed. If they are not pre-sealed you must make sure to do so when laying the tile and before grouting. This is done to avoid staining of your tiles.

Whatever the floor is a must and should rule to be followed is to clean up any spills promptly. Be it wine or kids spilling tomato sauce, it should be cleaned to avoid staining. If the cleaning is not done right the first few times, your tiles may look dull and a fine layer of dirt may stick to your floor.

Day-day cleaning using a wet mop to clean your floors will do wonders and in turn will make your floors look as good as new.

How to Polish Porcelain Tile Floors was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by Jason Valasek

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