General maintenance and cleaning of porcelain tile varies depending on the surface texture and soil load. General cleaning should be performed with a neutral cleaner diluted to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Non-oil and non-acidic should be used.


The following represents a simple procedure for maintaining unpolished tile floors with a moderate soil load. For best results:

  • Sweep or vacuum the floor of dirt and other foreign material.
  • Saturate the floor with cleaning solutions and hot water, agitate and allow it to dwell (remain on the floor) five to 10 minutes. Do not allow cleaning solutions to dry. It may be best to complete small areas at a time.
  • Remove the dirty cleaning solution, and rinse the surface with clean, clear water.

If the unpolished tile is extremely dirty, a more aggressive cleaning method may be necessary:

  • Sweep or vacuum the floor of dirt and other foreign material.
  • If there are difficult-to-remove contaminants on the surface of the tile, one should first attempt to identify the specific spill or contaminant. Different surface  contaminants require different cleaning methods and chemicals.
  • Saturate the floor with cleaning solution and hot water, agitate and allow it to dwell five to 10 minute After the dwell time, scrub the cleaning solution with a floor machine equipped with an abrasive pad or stiff, nylon-bristle brush. For residential applications and small areas, use a scrub brush.
  • Remove the dirty cleaning solution and rinse the surface with clean, clear water. This can be accomplished with a mop or a wet vacuum. To thoroughly remove the cleaning agent from the surface, it may be necessary to rinse the floor twice.