How Can I Get Rid of Streaks on Ceramic Tile?

Known for its decorative options, durability, and simple upkeep, ceramic tile can enhance almost any space.

Regular cleaning keeps ceramic tiles looking new for years.
Like all surfaces, ceramic tiles inevitably become dirty with dust and grime. Using inadequate cleaning products and failing to thoroughly rinse ceramic tiles causes soap film to build up and leave streaks, which dull the tiles' luster and mar the overall appearance. Fortunately, you can remove streaks from ceramic tile using proper cleaning products and techniques. .

Sweep the tiles to loosen and remove soil. Lift as much abrasive grime as possible from the area with a broom and dustpan.

Fill a mop wringer bucket with 2 gallons of fresh hot water. Squirt about 1/2 tsp. of dish detergent into the bucket.

Pour 2 gallons of plain hot water into an ordinary cleaning bucket for rinsing.

Submerge a mop into the hot, soapy water. Wring out the mop, and then slowly mop the streaky ceramic tiles in smooth, even movements. Focus on only a 3- by 3-foot section of tiles at a time.

Thoroughly rinse the clean 3- by 3-foot area with plain water to prevent streaks.

Wipe the damp 3- by 3-foot area with a clean dish towel until it is completely dry. Promptly drying the tile prevents streaks due to mineral deposits.

Clean each remaining 3- by 3-foot section of streaky ceramic tiles using the same techniques. Immediately rinse and dry the tiles after cleaning them. Replace the detergent solution and rinse water as they become cloudy.

Things You Will Need

  • Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Mop
  • Mop wringer bucket
  • Regular bucket
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid dish detergent
  • Dish towels


  • Scrub stubborn streaks with a synthetic scouring pad.


  • Metal brushes, steel wool scrub pads, and other harsh cleaning supplies may scratch ceramic tiles.

About the Author

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.