Removing dust accumulations and stains before resealing a ceramic tile floor helps to restore its shine. Using a hard floor attachment on a vacuum cleaner provides an easy way to remove dust. Removing stains often requires more diligent scrubbing. Applying a sealer adds shine and protects the surface from future stains.
Mopping a floor with 1 gallon of water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar helps to eliminate grease buildup that can rob a floor of its shine. If the grout lines are dirty, scrubbing them with a paste made of baking soda and water helps to restore the normal color. If there are deep scratches or chips in the surface of the ceramic tile, a commercial tile repair kit can be used to conceal them. The sealer can be applied when the floor is clean and all repairs are complete.
Cleaning ceramic tiles regularly is the best way to maintain optimal shine. Dust and dirt are abrasive to ceramic surfaces, as this form of debris can wear through the coating of a sealer before slowly wearing through the glaze of the ceramic tile. Installing doormats at all outside entries helps to trap these particles before they come into contact with the ceramic tile and cause damage.