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What are some cleaning solutions for ceramic tile?

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Cleaning solutions for ceramic tile include bleach mixed with laundry detergent or a mixture of ammonia, white vinegar, borax and water. To remove grout stains, use a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste.

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Before applying cleaning solutions to ceramic tile, sweep away all loose debris. Test cleaning solutions on a small, hidden area to ensure the solution does not permanently stain the ceramic tile.

Mix a small amount of bleach and laundry detergent along with water to remove mold and mildew stains. After applying the cleaning solution, gently scrub the tile with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse the tile immediately and let it dry. Remove water spots or soap scum from ceramic tiles with an ammonia, white vinegar, borax and water solution. Apply to stained areas, scrub and remove with warm water.

To remove minor stains on ceramic tile, use warm water and a soft cloth. To clean grout, use a small, stiff brush and a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Apply the paste over the grout lines and use the brush to remove the stains. Rinse with warm water and wipe with a soft cloth to dry.

Ceramic tile, though durable, stains over time, especially in high-traffic areas. Maintain the ceramic tile by sweeping and mopping regularly with warm water. Apply cleaning solutions to moderate and heavy stains as necessary.

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