QUESTIONMy Ceramic Tile floor has gotten discolored and dingy looking. I use a steam mop every week to clean it (along with a floor cleaner) and have bought SO MANY cleaners to try to get the grayish, dingy color removed. The only thing that worked the best was ammonia or straight bleach and I cannot tolerate the fumes no matter how many fans are going or windows are opened. I was only able to clean a small section - and that was scrubbing each tile. I now have a cabinet full of cleaners that don't work. Any suggestions?
ANSWERANSWER - The best way to clean a ceramic tile floor is to purchase a neutral based cleaner/detergent and apply it to the floor. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Then use a scrub brush on an extended handle, that won't harm the tile surface, and scrub the tile floor. Then use a wet vacuum to pick up the dirty water. Then rinse the floor with clean water. Then vacuum the rinse water up with the wet vacuum. Buff the floor dry with a lint free cloth.
If you apply a penetrating sealer over the floor that is recommended for your tile, that can help keep the tile cleaner and make it easier to clean the tile.