How to Shine Up Dull Floor Tiles

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom, vacuum or dust mop

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Gallon bucket

  • Mop

  • Soft-bristled scrub brush

  • Towels or chamois


If you do not rinse all soap from the tile floor, the tile will remain dull even with hand drying.

Ceramic tiles are durable, fairly inexpensive and available in an array of color, designs and textures, making them an excellent choice for flooring in wet areas of the home, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Wet areas of the home are usually high traffic areas, and the tile is exposed to spills from household items, such as food, cleaners and bathroom or laundry products. Over time, the tile can grow dull, even with regular cleaning. While it might be tempting to use a commercial product, such as a floor wax, that makes claims to shine tile floors, often those products build up on the tile and discolor, making the tile look even worse. Shining dull tile floors is a simple process that can be accomplished with items you probably already have in your home.


Step 1

Sweep the floor to remove dust and dirt. For the best results, you can also vacuum and use a dust mop.

Step 2

Pour 2 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid into 1 gallon bucket. Fill the rest of the bucket with warm water.

Step 3

Mop the floor with the dishwashing liquid. For heavily soiled areas, use a soft-bristled scrub brush to remove all the dirt and grime.

Step 4

Rinse the floor thoroughly with clean, cool water. Use the sink to rinse your mop periodically, or you will only accomplish spreading dirty, soapy water across the floor.

Step 5

Dry the floor completely with towels or a chamois. Make sure you remove all water from the floors, and the tile will shine like new.



Kaye Morris

Kaye Morris has over four years of technical writing experience as a curriculum design specialist and is a published fiction author. She has over 20 years of real estate development experience and received her Bachelor of Science in accounting from McNeese State University along with minors in programming and English.