Things You'll Need
Never clean tile with steel wool or abrasive cleaners.
Ceramic tile needs proper cleaning to ensure that it remains in good condition. The tile is durable and can make a room look beautiful. Commercial cleaning products can contain harsh, toxic chemicals that can irritate the skin and harm the tile if not used properly. You can clean the tile floor with ammonia or vinegar instead of purchasing a commercial cleaner. Homemade cleaners will keep the tile clean and disinfect the floor, prolonging the life of the tile.
Clean with Ammonia
Sweep the floor with a broom to remove loose dirt and debris. Open windows to allow for ventilation, or bring fans into the room to circulate the air and remove it from the room.
Combine an equal amount of ammonia with water in a 1-gallon bucket. The amount that you mix will depend on the size of the floor that you need to clean.
Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the ammonia. Soak a mop in the solution and rinse out any excess water. Do not soak the floor with the solution. You only need enough to dampen the tile.
Scrub with a soft-bristled brush to remove tough dirt. Scrub on the areas to work the ammonia solution into the tile.
Discard the ammonia mixture once you finish cleaning the floors. Rinse the bucket out to remove the ammonia.
Mop the floor with clean water to rinse away the ammonia.
Clean with Vinegar
Remove loose dirt and debris with a broom.
Fill a 1-gallon bucket with 1 cup of vinegar and 1 gallon of warm water.
Soak a mop in the solution. Wring out the excess water, and the begin cleaning the tile floor. Start at the far corner and clean it in sections.
Clean tough dirt with a sponge or soft-bristled brush.
Rinse the solution from the floor with clean water. Clean the floor with a mop and clean water.
Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.