How to Polish Ceramic Glazed Tile Floor

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  • 3-6 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-200
What You'll Need
Steam cleaner (rental tools)
Floor buffer (rental tools)
Scrub brush
Vacuum cleaner
Dish soap

Ceramic glazed tile is baked, glazed, and baked again, which helps it to be more durable and repel dirt better than unglazed tile. It will still need special care to keep it shiny and bright. Following these easy steps on how to polish your tile will keep it looking new.

Step 1 - Vacuum the Floor

Before you polish your tile, you will need to get it clean so you are not grounding dirt into the tile and grout. First, you will need to vacuum the whole floor to pick up any loose dirt. If your vacuum doesn’t fit under some areas, like kitchen cabinets, use a broom to pull the dirt from under it and vacuum it up to be sure no small particles are left on your tile and grout. Next, thoroughly clean the grout.

Step 2 - Clean Grout

You will need to clean the grout so you are not grounding the dirt into it, as grout is very porous. Take a bucket of warm water with dish liquid and use your scrub brush to loosen any dirt in the grout. Rinse it with a clean sponge as you clean. You’ll then be ready to clean the tile.

Step 3 - Clean Tile

Using the steam cleaner, work in one area at a time, paying special attention to any heavily soiled areas. After you are finished steam cleaning, wipe any areas dry. After this step, you will notice that your glazed tile already has a nice sheen, but buffing will make it look even better.

Step 4 - Polish

Using the buffer is your next step. Buffers are as easy to use as a vacuum cleaner. You will just turn it on and guide it across your floor, working in a two square foot area at a time until it is well polished.

Step 5 - Do Upkeep

You will want to sweep and mop weekly with dish liquid and warm water. If you happen to have a spill, clean it up as soon as possible. Rinse with a clean sponge and dry thoroughly. If you miss a spill and it is dye-based, such as wine, grape juice, or coffee, and it becomes a tough stain, apply a paste of half dish liquid and half household bleach to the stain. Cover the mixture with a damp paper towel and allow it to sit on the stain for a few minutes, which will pull the stain up. Rinse very well after to remove all of the mixture, and then let it dry.

The polishing process can be done a few times a year to keep your ceramic glazed tiles looking new and in great condition for years to come.