How to clean porcelain tiles
Quorn Stone's Quick Guide
1. Use a cleaner designed for porcelain – we recommend the Lithofin Conditioning Cleaner.
2. Vacuum or sweep regularly with soft brush attachments.
3. Occasionally mop with a microfibre mop for the best results.
4. Deep clean as and when required with the Lithofin Intensive Cleaner.
1. Use A Cleaner Designed For Porcelain
Our first tip is to ensure you use a cleaner designed for porcelain. Porcelain tiles are extremely durable; however, we always recommended to maintain them correctly to keep them looking their best. We advise using the Lithofin Conditioning Cleaner, diluted in warm water – this product is designed for the continuous care of porcelain flooring, and will clean and maintain both textured, smooth and polished surfaces streak-free. It also smells lovely!
2. Vacuum or Sweep Regularly With Soft Brush Attachments
A wonderful feature of stone effect porcelain is its forgiving nature, with realistic details and markings. For regular maintenance and cleaning of porcelain tiles, we advise sweeping, or vacuuming the porcelain tiles with a soft brush attachment. This is very effective at removing any dirt or dust off the surface of your stone effect floor. It is important to only vacuum or sweep when mud or dirt is dry.
3. Occasional Mopping
Following regular vacuuming or sweeping, we also recommend an occasional mop. For the best results in cleaning and maintaining porcelain tiles, we recommend using a cleaner designed for porcelain (Lithofin Conditioning Cleaner) and ensuring that the floor is clear of any excess mud, dirt or dust prior to mopping. With mopping, less is often more! Always wring the mop out to remove excess water, this will help to avoid dirty water pooling in the grout joints. If you prefer, it is possible to use a steam mop on porcelain tiles, however it is unsuitable for gloss finishes. Read our Regular Cleaning guide for porcelain tiles for more information.
4. Deep Clean With The Lithofin Intensive Cleaner
Whilst porcelain is very stain resistant and easy to clean, you may wish to occasionally carry out a deeper clean. For this we recommend Lithofin Intensive Cleaner which is designed to remove stubborn dirt, oil and grease. Always begin by testing the product on a tile in a discreet area, starting with the ratio of 1:10, apply generously and leave the product on for 8-10 minutes, scrub with a stiff brush every couple of minutes followed by rinsing with clean water and towel drying the surface. Continue until satisfied with the results. We do not recommend using this product neat. Read our Occasional Deep Cleaning guide for porcelain tiles for more information.
FAQs On Cleaning Porcelain Tiles
Are porcelain tiles easy to keep clean?
Yes! The beauty of porcelain is that it is manufactured to be strong, hardwearing and near enough stain resistant! For the tiles to look their best for years to come, we recommend following our few simple steps above - so many of our customers are always amazed at how forgiving porcelain tiles can be with the correct care.
Can you use bleach to clean porcelain tiles?
Whilst we recommend using cleaners designed for porcelain, bleach should not etch or damage porcelain like it would with natural stone. We strongly advise testing any new products you introduce into your cleaning regime in an inconspicuous area of your floor.
Can you steam mop porcelain tiles?
For those who love to steam mop – porcelain is likely the best option for you! You can steam mop porcelain tiles with a suitable porcelain-friendly cleaner. Should you have a gloss finish porcelain, we would not recommend the use of a steam cleaner.
Do you need to seal porcelain tiles?
The majority of porcelain tiles do not require sealing, thanks to their durable surface. Some gloss or glazed porcelain may need sealing due to its polished surface – this will help protect the high gloss finish. We list on the ‘installation information’ of every product page if the tile requires sealing.
How do you clean gloss or polished porcelain tiles?
We recommend using Lithofin Conditioning Cleaner, diluted in warm water – this product is designed for the continuous care of porcelain flooring and will clean and maintain both textured, smooth and polished surfaces streak-free. For bathroom tiles, we recommend using Lithofin Intensive Cleaner. For stubborn watermarks/limescale, Lithofin Ceramic Clean is a great addition to your cleaning products – always follow manufacturer guidelines during application.
All advice within this article is given in good faith, always follow manufacturers guidelines. We recommend conducting a test in a discreet area prior to a full application of the product. Wear appropriate clothing and protective wear, such as gloves and glasses. Keep pets and children away from any treated areas until any products used have been removed.