How do you polish ceramic tile?


Quick Answer

Ceramic tile can be mopped with vinegar and buffed to achieve a just polished shine. Avoid using waxes or polishing compounds that can dull the surface or even remove the factory applied glaze.

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Full Answer

Polishing a ceramic floor is a multistep process.

  1. Sweep the floor
  2. Start by removing loose dirt and debris by vacuuming or sweeping the tile floor.

  3. Clean the grout
  4. Brighten up dirty grout between the tiles by scrubbing at it with a small brush and a solution of dish detergent in water. A toothbrush works well for this purpose, making it possible to work in tight areas and corners.

  5. Mop the floor
  6. Mop or steam clean the tile to lift away hardened or compressed dirt, debris and wax. If mopping, use a mix of 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Mop the floor as normal and allow to dry. Another option is to use pure lemon juice for mopping. To make the juice go further, place it in a spray bottle and spritz the floor before mopping.

  7. Buff the floor
  8. Use an electric floor buffer to polish the ceramic tile to a high sheen. No chemical wax or polish is needed. Gently guide the buffer over the floor, working in small 2-foot sections at a time. It is possible to buff the floor by hand with a clean terry cloth towel. Scrunch the towel up in hand and swipe it on the floor in firm, circular motions.

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