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Cleaning

Best Cleaner for Tile Floors

By  Enda McLarnon

In this article we explain the best cleaner for tile floors. Home owners will primarily use floor tiles in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms. These are basically any rooms that have a high level of moisture or water use.

The reason they use tiles is because they are resistant to water and moisture unlike wooden floors or carpeted floors.  Floor tiles are made from a variety of materials and ceramic or porcelain and the most popular along with various forms of stone.

Porcelain tiles are smoother in the finish than ceramic tiles. Ceramic tiles will feel slightly bumpy or have a coarse feeling to them, whereas porcelain tiles will feel much smoother.

As a general rule porcelain tiles are better as they are harder wearing and waterproof so better suited for areas where there is a lot of footfall and proximity to water.

They are also much easier to clean. They are non-porous which means water can't get through them and it is easier to remove stains ad spills with a good quality tile floor cleaner.

There are also vinyl, linoleum, rubber and cork tiles though these are less popular options.

In this article we examine the best cleaners for each type of tile and also tips on how to keep your tiles clean and hygienic. We also explain the various ways to clean tile grout.

Best Seller - Tiled Floor Cleaner

This is the best floor tile cleaner currently available on the UK market

The good news is that this can be used on all floors including laminate, tile and glazed stone

You simply spray this on the floor and then wipe off using long mop strokes

It has a slight and very pleasant lemon ginger smell and is also available as a rhubarb scent

94% buyer satisfaction based on 12,000+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 79% of all online buyers give this cleaner a 5 star review
  • Buyers say this cleans extremely well and leaves no residue afterwards
  • Buyers really like that this is just simple and easy to use on a daily basis as you just spray and mop
  • Buyers say they think this is very good value for money

Cons

  • 1% of buyers said this cleaner was poor
  • A few buyers thought it doesn't last long enough

Bona Tile & Stone Floor Cleaner

Some UK buyers prefer the Bona tile floor cleaner

This is a 4 litre jar of water based liquid that does not leave any streaks

You pour this into a spray bottle, without diluting, and then spray and mop

It is suitable for vinyl, LVT, LVP, linoleum, stone, terrazzo, vinyl, sealed porous marble, laminate and no-wax sealed tile and porcelain floor tiles

92% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 74% of all online buyers gave this a 5 star review
  • Buyers say it this cleans thoroughly even with stubborn burns
  • Buyers say that this leaves a really good shine with a little elbow grease
  • Many buyers say this is a good product for induction hobs

Cons

  • 1% of all buyers gave this a poor review
  • A few buyers said this is not an original product as it is too thin
  • A few buyers say it is watery and not cream

Best Tile Cleaner for Vinyl Flooring

For the most part, vinyl flooring or vinyl tile plank flooring is a very resilient flooring type and is easy to maintain.

You can brush up or vacuum any debris and then mop with a vinyl cleaning solution such as the one shown to the right.

Avoid any type of abrasive cleaner and don't use any type of scrubbing tool on vinyl as it will scratch the surface.

Never use a steam mop on vinyl flooring

90% buyer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 70% of all online buyers gave this a 5 star review
  • Buyers say it is expensive but works like a charm
  • Buyers say it is very easy to use and no residue left afterwards
  • Many buyers say it leaves a really nice sheen

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this a poor review
  • A few buyers said this is just too expensive
  • A few buyers say it didn't shine their vinyl

Best Tile Cleaner for Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum flooring is not the same as vinyl flooring but many people do mix this up. Linoleum is not as popular as it once used to be but some home owners still prefer it.

You can brush up or vacuum any debris and then mop with a linoleum cleaning solution such as the one shown to the right.

Ideally once that dries you can also apply a coat of liquid wax and buff to a shine around 3-4 times a year.

Never use a steam mop on vinyl flooring

92% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 73% of all online buyers gave this a 5 star review
  • Buyers say this is very good at removing dirt and cleaning thoroughly
  • Buyers say it is very easy to use and has a really nice after scent

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers gave this a poor review
  • A few buyers say that is left a few streaks

Best Tile Cleaner for Slate Tiles

A good slate floor needs to be cleaned and shined

When laid slate tiles should be sealed and after that they need to be cleaned properly

The product shown to the right is very good at restoring slate tiles to how they looked when they were first put down

It cleans and shines them but does involve putting a small amount on a cloth and then buffing off which is a long and tough enough process.

92% buyer satisfaction based on 700+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 77% of all online buyers gave this a 5 star review
  • Buyers say this is easy enough to use and works well and is worth the effort
  • Buyers say a little goes a very long way and delivers great results and brings your slate tile back to life

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers gave this a poor review
  • A few buyers say that it's too dear

Tile Floor Cleaner Full Buyer's Guide

We always like to include a full buyer's guide for UK buyers so as they can be fully informed about the various features that go to make up a good tile floor cleaner.

What type of tiles are used on floors?

There are quite a few types of floor tiles and these include porcelain, ceramic, mosaics, encaustic, cement, stone, slate, marble, limestone, and terracotta.  The majority of floor tiles used in the UK will be porcelain tiles. These are a smooth tile which are laid on the floor and are then glued and grouted into place.

The good news is that these are the easiest to clean with some type of type cleaner and then by using a mop to clean them up.

Some home owners may use ceramic tiles which will feel slightly rougher but these can also be cleaned as explained above.

Some home owners may have some form of stone tiles and these will need some type of stone tile cleaner such as the Bono stone floor cleaner. You will need to follow carefully the instructions on the jar or bottle very carefully.

Generally speaking tile floors are tough and durable. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are actually very low maintenance as most of those can be cleaned with a cleaner and the wipe of a mop.

Other floor tiles such as limestone, slate, marble or granite will need a specific tile cleaning product.

Do you need a mop to clean floor tiles?

There are essentially 3 ways of cleaning floor tiles. You can do it the old fashioned way with a cleaner and getting down on your hands and knees with a cloth to clean the tiles

You can use a mop and bucket with some type of cleaning liquid in the bucket

You can use a spray mop that has a container attached and this allows you to spray the tile cleaner on to the tiles and then be able to mop it up.

These come with reusable pads and are suitable for all types of flooring including tiles.

90% buyer satisfaction based on 3,000+ online buyer reviews

How to use a tile floor cleaner?

These are extremely easy to use. For the vast majority of these they will come in a handy sized spray bottle. You simply spray directly on to the floor and then wipe off using either a damp cloth or a damp mop.

Some cleaners may come in a larger sized jar. These jars are typically refill jars for spray bottles and mops. You can of course simply buy one of these larger jars and just fill up a spray bottle that you may already own or buy.

The process however remains the same in that you spray on and wipe off.

Resources use to help write this article

What are the different type of floor tiles? - Porcelain Superstore

Cleaning Floor Tiles - Better Homes and Gardens

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