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Tile Cleaning: Using The Right Methods For The Right Tile

Tile is a beautiful material that can enhance the look of your home. It comes in a range of different materials, colors, and textures. Each type of tile has its own unique properties and should be cleaned in a specific way to prevent damage to the tile. Here are some cleaning methods for a variety of tile types so you will know which method works best for the tile you have in your home.


Porcelain is a great alternative to stone tile, and it is very durable and damage resistant. Many homeowners choose porcelain because of its affordable price and ability to hold up to heavy wear and tear. Cleaning porcelain tile is simple and only needs a simple soap and water combination. Use a few drops of dish soap or regular floor cleaner with a gallon of warm water and mop the tile clean. You can also use a sponge or rag to scrub out spots where there is some stubborn dirt. Be sure the porcelain tile is completely dry before anyone walks on it since it's extremely slippery when wet.


Travertine tile is beautiful and has a stunning natural look to it. This type of tile is very porous and should always be sealed and treated before use to help keep dirt and stains from penetrating it. Always wipe up spills from travertine as soon as possible and never use an abrasive cleaner on this type of tile because you can easily damage the surface and cause dips and other visible imperfections. Instead, use a microfiber cloth to wipe up spills and to clean the travertine. Since this material is a natural stone, you'll need to purchase a special stone tile cleaner to keep it clean. Never use ammonia, vinegar, or store-bought general floor cleaners on travertine tiles or you could damage the tile.


Many homes have ceramic tile installed because it's a very versatile material that can look beautiful while being inexpensive and low maintenance. In fact, using a simple cleaning mixture of one cup of white vinegar to one gallon of lukewarm water should have your ceramic tiles looking shiny and new again.

The key to maintaining ceramic tiles or any type of tile is to make sure the grout stays clean. Dirty grout can make the entire floor look filthy, so regular maintenance of your grout lines will help improve the floor's overall look. Regular dusting and vacuuming of ceramic tile and other tile floors will help them stay smooth and debris free without damage. If you'd rather turn the cleaning over to the professionals, contact a company like All American Stone & Tile Care Inc.