How to Clean Glazed Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile creates a distinct look on the floors of a home.

One drawback is that the tile shows dirt easily, requiring frequent cleaning to keep the tiles looking their best. Establishing a regular cleaning regimen with glazed ceramic tile helps it maintain its finish and visual appeal. When trying a new cleaning product on glazed ceramic tile, always test it in a hidden spot to ensure it doesn't cause damage even if it claims to be safe for tiles.

Sweep the glazed ceramic tile frequently to keep the dirt under control. Removing the dirt right away prevents it from becoming ground into the tile and grout. Sweeping the dirt away is much easier than scrubbing it after it's already set. A vacuum is another possibility, although you should avoid using one with a beater bar, which may damage the appearance of the tile.

Mop the surface of the ceramic tiles regularly. A mild detergent helps remove the ground-in dirt more easily. Adding a cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water is another simple cleaning solution for ceramic tile.

Use a sponge with a cleaner approved for use on tiles to remove stubborn dirt spots or stains that don't vanish with the mopping regimen.

Clean the grout lines with the vinegar solution and a brush. For more difficult stains, try a paste made with baking soda and water. Commercial grout cleaners are another option.

Rinse the entire floor with clean water to remove any detergent or cleaner residue. Use a soft cloth to dry the ceramic tile floor if desired.

Things You Will Need

  • Mop
  • Broom
  • Floor cleaner
  • Vinegar
  • Brush


  • Consider sealing the grout to keep some of the dirt and spills from staining.


  • Never use steel wool or other abrasive cleaners on glazed ceramic tile, as they can scratch the surface.
  • Avoid oil-based cleaners and bleach on glazed ceramic.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.