How to Clean Textured Ceramic Tile Floors

Textured tiles are a trendy way to put a unique spin on any decor space, with its creative surface style. But to keep the tiles looking sparkly and new at all times, you need to know how to clean textured ceramic tile floors. 

The cleaning method you use will depend on your cleaning needs, as a weekly clean-up will differ from an intense deep clean. 

This article shows you how to do a regular clean and deep clean of textured ceramic tile floors safely and effectively. 

How to Clean Textured Tile Floors

Regular Clean 

If you have textured tiled floors, you will need to regularly clean the ceramic tile floors to keep them tidy and prolong their lifespan. 

From our experience, this can also be used to clean ceramic tiles in showers, outdoors, or in general living areas. 

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Clear Dust

The first step is to clear out any dust or debris from the tiles, which makes the rest of the process far easier. 

You can either use a broom to sweep out the dust or use a vacuum to clear it out.

Mix Solution

Next, you will mix your cleaning solution for the tiles. Combine three parts of warm water with one part of liquid soap in a large bowl or bucket. Our experience shows that this solution works best for a light clean.

Apply Solution and Clean 

Dip a mop or cloth into the solution, and then wring it out to remove any excess liquid. Using the damp mop/cloth, wipe down the tiles to remove any dirt or stains from the surface. 

You can go over the surface 2-3 times to ensure all marks have been removed. 

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If there are particular areas with stubborn marks or stains, or you need to remove black marks from ceramic tile, use an old toothbrush or scrubbing brush to gently scrub the area and remove the dirt. You could also use a CRB machine for this step.

Leave To Dry

Leave the floor to fully air dry for 10-15 minutes before walking on the tiles again. 

Deep Clean 

If you are looking to restore old textured ceramic tile floors, or you are simply cleaning your tiled floors after a long time, you will need to deep clean the ceramic tiles to get them back to their original condition. 

Even if you regularly clean your tiles, our research shows that you need a deep clean every month or so to keep the floors in great condition. 

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Remove Dust and Debris 

Use a broom or vacuum to get rid of any dust or debris from the surface of the tiles.

A broom works perfectly well to sweep up loose dirt, but if the tiles are outdoors or in an area where a lot of dust gathers, you may want to opt for a vacuum. 

Combine Solution 

In a small bowl, mix baking soda and cold water to form a paste consistency. You should slowly add in the water, one teaspoon at a time, until you get the right consistency. 

Avoid using warm or hot water for this step, as it may dissolve the baking soda.

Apply Solution

Dip a cleaning brush into the solution (our Hand-Fit Horsehair Brush is one of the best products to clean ceramic tile floors), and then gently scrub the tiles to remove any stubborn dirt or stains and polish the surface. 


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You will need to intermittently rinse out the brush and re-dip it into the solution to avoid spreading dirt onto the rest of the tiles. 

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If there are stains on the grout, use an old toothbrush and use the solution to get into and scrub those smaller crevices. For severe grout stains, use a grout cleaner prespray. You can also use a grout-cleaning tool for this step, which we find works quite effectively.

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Rinse Tiles

Soak a soft cloth in plain, cold water and wring it out to remove excess liquid. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the cleaning solution from the tiles.

Leave to Dry

Let the tiles air dry for a few minutes, and then check to see if any stains or dirt are remaining. If so, go over these areas with the brush and solution again, and rinse when done.  

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Cleaning textured ceramic tile floors can be a straightforward process if you are equipped with the right methods, products, and tile-cleaning equipment

Whether you steam clean the tile floors or use simpler home methods, It is crucial to clean your tiled floors regularly to avoid a severe build-up of grime, and then perform a deep clean every month or two to restore the tiles to a brand new condition. 

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