How To Clean Porcelain Tile And Showers Efficiently

how to clean porcelain tile

Out of all of the different types of flooring you have to choose from, porcelain could end up being your favorite. Not only is it incredibly durable; it’s also quite easy to clean. When properly cared for, it will hold onto its beautiful, shiny finish for MANY years.



Among homeowners, porcelain tile is definitely a preferred option. Homeowners like it because of its stain and beauty. It also has great moisture resistance. While it won’t stay beautiful forever, you can use proper cleaning to restore its shine.

Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with one gallon of lukewarm water

Quick Maintenance Tips

One of the best ways to keep your porcelain tile looking amazing is regular maintenance. You should sweep it with a soft bristle broom at least twice per week. You can also vacuum it using a soft brush attachment. You should also clean it once per month with a sponge mop.

You can use a cleaning solution made of two gallons of water and ¼ cup white vinegar. There is also the option of using a commercial cleaner. After you mop using a cleaning solution, make sure to rinse the surface with water and dry thoroughly.

Before we get into the serious cleaning stuff, you should know that there are a few different types of porcelain. Each type has a specific set of cleaning instructions.

How to Clean Glazed or Polished Porcelain Tile

We’ll start with these two types. First, vacuum and sweep the floor and go over everything with a dust mop. Next, grab a mop and dampen it with hot water. You should never let water pool on your tile.

A soft nylon brush can be used to loosen heavy soil. You can even use an old toothbrush if you want. To get rid of stains, you can use a water/vinegar cleaning solution.

Next, mop the floor using your favorite cleaner. Before the cleaner dries, mop the floor again with hot water. Use a microfiber cloth or clean towel to dry the surface of the floor. Eliminate any water spots quickly.

After the floor has finished drying, you can buff it with a high shine piece of cheesecloth. That’s really all you need to do for polished or glazed porcelain tile.

Clean Unglazed or Unpolished Tile

If you have this type of porcelain flooring, then you’ll want to vacuum and sweep it thoroughly. Saturate two to four square foot sections of floor with a commercial cleanser or water/vinegar solution. Let the cleanser sit for about 10 minutes.

However, make sure you don’t let the cleanser dry. Use a soft bristle brush to scrub stains. Wipe away all of the dirty cleaner solution and make sure to rinse the area thoroughly with hot water. Use a clean towel to dry the flooring when finished.

Clean Textured Porcelain

First, sweep the floor at least twice with a soft bristle broom. The first time sweeping should be in the direction of the tile, and the second should be diagonal.

Use a vacuum and remove all of the dirt. Make a water/vinegar solution and saturate the floor with it. Let the solution sit for about 10 minutes.

Use a soft bristle brush to scrub the floor. Rinse everything with hot water. Go over the floor one more time using a clean, damp mop. Use a clean towel to dry the floor.

What to Avoid

It’s true that porcelain tile is incredibly durable, and it can take an enormous amount of abuse before it starts to show signs of wear and tear.

However, there are some cleaning products that you’ll want to avoid as much as possible. You should avoid cleaning porcelain with products that contain bleach or ammonia. They can stain the grout and change the color of the flooring.

Avoid using oil-based wax cleaners and detergents. If you’re cleaning unglazed porcelain, don’t use cleaners that contain coloring or dye. You should also avoid cleaning porcelain with steel wool because it can lodge small steel particles into the grout and tile, which can lead to rust stains.

Make a point to avoid using hard scrub brushes or bristles because they can scratch the surface of the tile. To maintain your porcelain tile’s beauty and shine, you can clean and polish it regularly using a microfiber or soft cotton cloth.