This step-by-step guide covers the basics for cleaning tiles – for surfaces that sparkle!
How to clean tiles
Give the floor a good vacuum to remove any surface dirt, dust or hair.
Mop the tiled surface with a solution of warm water and vinegar (half a cup of vinegar to three litres of water). Avoid soapy detergents as these cause a soap-scum-like build-up on the surface of the tiles.
If the tiles are stone, marble or granite avoid vinegar as this can etch the natural stone. Use warm water on its own, or a special stone tile cleaning solution.
Mop the floor in sections until the surface is completely clean.
Run a dry mop over the surface to speed up the drying time and avoid any particles attaching to the tiles and making them dirty again.
Spot clean any stained areas or discoloured grout with a mixture of water and vinegar in spray bottle (mix ½ cup white vinegar with 1.5 cups water). For harder-to-clean marks, allow the solution to soak for a few minutes before wiping away with a cloth.
For hard-to-clean grout, make a cleaning paste. Find the instructions here.