How To Clean Kitchen Tiles: A step-by-step guide

I think the first priority of every mother is the cleanliness of her house and the cleanliness of her kitchen. I understand how important it is to keep your kitchen clean and shiny. We focus on all kitchen parts such as kitchen cooktops, kitchen cabinets, kitchen chimneys, gas stoves, and the list goes on. But have you ever thought about how to properly maintain and clean the kitchen tiles or any kitchen item made of tiles?

So Kitchen tile is one of the most important areas to focus on. They not only improve the look and appeal of a large portion of your kitchen, but they also help in maintaining a hygienic and safe cooking environment.

However, many kitchen owners find it challenging to clean the kitchen tiles. It is so because the tough stains and discolourations are so sticky that, they can’t be removed in one go. There are many more such obstacles that make your tiles look nasty and also produce foul smells. But don’t worry, if you know the correct means and techniques, you can easily overcome these challenges and give your kitchen tiles top-class look.

how to clean kitchen tiles

I have designed this article to tell you all about the process and materials that I personally use in my home to keep tiles clean and shining. You will get step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a strong clean. I will also give an add-on point about addressing specific stains and discolourations to achieve a shiny, polished finish.

What are the tools you need to clean kitchen tiles?

As I said before, you need the right tools and materials to achieve the best results in cleaning kitchen tiles. Here is the list of all the important cleaning tools that are easily available in any of your nearby ration shops.

  • Mop, sponge, Scrub brush or toothbrush
  • Cleaning solution and Mild detergent
  • Tile sealer
  • Clean clothes or towels
  • Protective wear/Gloves
  • Bucket

Mop, sponge, Scrub brush or toothbrush

Mop, sponge, Scrub brush or toothbrush

These are needed for scrubbing tiles and grout lines that have been exposed to spills or dirt. You can use a mop for larger areas, while a sponge comes in handy for cleaning tight spots or corners of your kitchen. You can also use a brush or even a wasted toothbrush.

Cleaning solution and Mild detergent

use of kitchen solution to clean kitchen tiles

You can use any cleaning solution that is available in the market. And remember, make sure the solution is safe for use for your kitchen tiles. You can use a commercial cleaning solution, or even make your own solution by mixing water with vinegar or dish soap. You can also use a mild detergent, such as dish soap for this purpose. All these cleaning solutions will help you in removing dirt, grime, and other food stains. And Yes, stay away from any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, because they can damage the tiles and your skin too.

Tile sealer

Tile sealer

Tile sealer is a protective coating that is applied to kitchen tiles. It gives a shiny and polished finish to your kitchen tiles which also prevents stains due to any kind of accidental spills and other messes. When you apply tile sealer to your kitchen tiles, they help you to clean them easily in the future and keep them looking newer for a longer time.

Generally, it is advised to apply the tile sealer while installing the tiles in your kitchen. However, if your tiles are already installed, it’s not too late to apply them. You just need to make sure that they are clean and dry before you apply the sealer. You should clean by using a mild cleaning solution and apply the sealer evenly to avoid any puddles. You can read our kitchen renovation guide to get a better understanding

Clean clothes or towels

clothes and towels to clean iles

Clean clothes and towels are used to dry the tiles after cleaning and for rubbing the kitchen tiles. You can also use a fan to dry the tiles. I use towels in my kitchen to avoid any type of cross-contamination between different foods. It might sound funny, but in my home, I use colour-coded towels for different tasks. For example, I use red towels to handle raw meat or masalas and green towels for cleaning vegetable left-outs.

Protective wear/Gloves

Protective wear/Gloves

You should wear gloves and eye protection when cleaning your kitchen tiles. Gloves not only protect your skin and eyes from the cleaning solution or chemicals but also prevent injury from any sharp objects on the floor. Gloves also protect your hands from spreading germs between surfaces in your kitchen.


Use of buckets to clean kitchen tiles

I have listed this item because I use the bucket to mix the cleaning solution with a sponge. You should keep a separate bucket for this purpose and it should be large enough to hold your sponge or mop and light enough to carry the bucket while moving around the kitchen.

Steps to clean kitchen tiles

I have listed all the items that you need to clean the kitchen tiles properly. Now let’s know the steps and points you should keep in your mind to carry out the cleaning process properly.

Steps to clean kitchen tiles

Before starting and knowing about the steps to clean kitchen tile, let me tell you one thing. It is very important to identify the type of tile you have used in your kitchen. I am saying this because different types of tiles require different cleaning techniques and products.

Let’s consider my example. Our kitchen has porcelain tiles and it requires a specialized cleaner to remove tough stains. Whereas kitchens having ceramic tiles, are relatively easy to clean by using just a mild detergent and water. On the other hand, marble tiles are more delicate and hence require a milder cleaning solution to clean and maintain. By considering a general case let’s discuss the steps and things you need to consider while cleaning kitchen tiles in your kitchen

Remove loose dirt and debris.

Before you start cleaning, you must first remove any loose dirt and debris that is commonly found around the kitchen. Considering this point in your mind, if you start looking for the mess, you will surely see crumbs, bits of scattered food, or any small food item. You will see these on the kitchen floor or kitchen countertops. So clean every type of loose dirt and debris. You can use a vacuum, a damp cloth or a paper towel, and dusting tools to wipe down countertops, tables, and other surfaces

Mix your cleaning solution

Use of  cleaning solution to clean kitchen tiles

As I said before, you need to choose the type of tiles your kitchen has. So depending on the type of surfaces you are cleaning, the types of cleaning solutions may also vary. For general purposes, an all-purpose kitchen solution is fine, but you need a degreaser to remove heavy grease buildup.

There are many types of cleaning solutions like All-purpose cleaners, Disinfectant cleaners, Glass cleaners, Degreaser, Baking Soda, and Vinegar. And yes, I personally use table salt with water sometimes to clean a stain that is difficult to remove. Due to the sandy texture of the salt, sticky stains can be removed more easily than with simple water.

Here are some details of the homemade solution to clean kitchen tiles

home made cleaning solution
  1. Vinegar: Vinegar is a very common item that is available in every household. It is a natural cleaner and I personally use it to clean all types of surfaces and kitchen tiles. You can mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to spray onto the tiles. Let the solution sit for a few minutes and then scrub the tiles with a brush or sponge with the help of clean water.
  2. Baking soda: Baking soda is another natural and common cleaning agent to clean kitchen tiles. You can mix baking soda with a small amount of water and make a paste. And then apply the paste to the tiles and scrub them with a brush or sponge. After that rinse with clean water.
  3. Lemon & Borax Paste: Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and can also be used to remove stains and grime from kitchen tiles. Just mix lemon juice with borax to create a paste and then apply the paste to the tiles, scrub it and then apply water to clean the tiles completely
  4. Vegetable Oil: Did you know, you can also use vegetable oil to clean and polish kitchen tiles? Yes, you just need to apply a small amount of vegetable oil to a clean cloth and then use the cloth to rub the tiles in a circular motion. This will remove any type of dirt and stains on the tiles and also it will give the tiles a shiny finish.

Though these natural cleaning methods are eco-friendly and easily available in the market but keep in mind that they may not work as quickly or effectively as commercial cleaning products.

Now let’s tell me the general steps on how to use cleaning agents:

detergent and cleaning solutions
  • Take 2 litres of slightly warm water, 12 cups vinegar, 1 spoon liquid dish soap, 12 cups baking soda, and a few drops of lavender oil for a refreshing smell.
  • Now take a large bowl, and add the warm water to it. Also add vinegar, liquid dish soap, and lavender essential oil (if using) and stir to mix them properly
  • Now gently sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the kitchen tiles where stains and dirt are present.
  • Now put the cleaning solution over the baking soda and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. You will see that the mixture will form a fizz with bubbles. This indicates that it is working and all set to remove the dirt and grime.
  • Take a scrub or brush or sponge to wash the tiles in a circular motion. Take a close look at areas with stubborn stains and wash those areas more thoroughly.
  • After this, it is time to let it dry. For this, you can use a dry cloth or a mop to dry the tiles.

Here is a table that mentions the purpose of each cleaner along with an Indian brand that you can buy to use.

Type of CleanerPurposeBrand Name
All-Purpose CleanerCleans all types of surfaces in the kitchenLizol All Purpose Cleaner
Disinfectant CleanerKills bacteria and germs on kitchen surfacesHarpic
Glass CleanerRemoves streaks and marks from glass surfaces in the kitchenColin Glass Cleaner
DegreaserRemoves tough stains and grease from kitchen surfacesPril
Baking SodaNatural cleaning agentArm & Hammer Baking Soda
VinegarNatural cleaning agent for all types of kitchen surfacesEcoClean Solutions White Vinegar

You can also use another user-friendly and convenient material which is Hydrogen peroxide. You can add 1 cup of Hydrogen peroxide to a 3-4L bucket of warm water and use it to clean kitchen tiles.

Identify and address specific stains or discolourations.

Once you have removed loose dirt, and debris and decided which cleaning solution to be used and thereafter prepared the cleaning solution, it’s now time to identify and address specific stains or discolouration that your kitchen tiles have got. By doing this you can know which type of stain is this, whether it is a stain of coffee or tea stains, grease or grime buildup, or even hard water stains. You can follow the table I have given above to know which type of cleaner to use in which case.

Start cleaning.

start cleaning tiles

Now it’s time to use all your cleaning equipment that I have mentioned before. All the materials that I have mentioned before like Gloves, Tile sealer, Mop, Sponges, Scrub brush, etc will now come into use to clean kitchen tiles. Not only this, but you also need to use the cleaning solution to remove the identified stains and any observable discolourations. So properly use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down surfaces, and be sure to pay extra attention to areas where strong stains are present.

  • You can remove the Grease and grime buildup by using a degreaser or a mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Coffee and tea stains can be removed with a mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Any stains of Hard water can be removed by using a mixture of white vinegar and water.
  • And obviously, you can use a Scrub brush to remove tough stains.

Rinse and dry.

Tips for Kitchen cleaning

This is the final step where once the cleaning process is completed you need to rinse surfaces thoroughly with water and dry them with a clean, dry cloth or towel. And after all this, you can use a table/standing fan to dry the cleaned kitchen parts. You can also open the windows and let the air enter the kitchen if you want to clean kitchen tiles quickly.

How to clean the gouts lines

clean kitchen tiles gout

If you do not know what grout lines are, let me tell you that these are the gaps or spaces between the tiles which are filled with a mixture of cement and white-coloured material to match the colour of the tiles so that the gaps don’t look weird.

I find these steps very tedious because cleaning the gout lines is quite a time-consuming task. But this step is very important as it keeps your kitchen tiles looking clean and fresh.

  1. Firstly collect all the necessary materials like a scrub brush, a toothbrush, etc
  2. Then apply the cleaning solution: Dip your scrub brush or toothbrush into the cleaning solution in such a way that the bristles get wet and saturated with the solution.
  3. Now it’s time to scrub the grout lines. You can start cleaning from the corners of your kitchen by using a scrub brush or toothbrush to cleanse the grout lines roughly with a little bit of pressure to remove any dirt. Also, try to work in small sections to ensure that you don’t miss any areas.
  4. Once you have cleaned all the grout lines now wash the lines with water and cleaning solution. You can also use a cloth to remove the excess waters that are stuck in the lines.
  5. And of course, if you feel that the gout lines are not clear the first time, then you should repeat the process.
  6. Now allow everything to try for 1-2 hours
before and after cleaning kitchen tiles

By using the same process you can

  • Clean wall tiles
  • Clean floor tiles

Tips for Kitchen cleaning

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I have tried my best to explain how you can clean kitchen tiles properly and efficiently. Now let’s wrap up the topic by following some kitchen tips while cleaning the tiles. These are the prevention tips that will help you for sure

  1. As soon as you notice spills on your kitchen tiles, you should try to wipe them up immediately. This will prevent the tiles from staining or getting damaged
  2. To prevent dirt, dust and other stains from building up on your kitchen tiles, you should sweep or vacuum them regularly.
  3. You can use a pH-neutral cleaner while carrying out the process of cleaning kitchen tiles. It is better to avoid using abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals which are harmful to your skin and the tiles
  4. As I said, you should be more careful when washing grout lines. Because grout lines are more prone to trapping dirt and grime, you should wash them by using a good scrubbing brush or toothbrush.
  5. If your kitchen tiles have got more stubborn stains, I would recommend you to use a steam cleaner to remove them from my personal experience.
  6. After the cleaning process is completed, please allow the tiles to dry properly. You should use a dry cloth or mop and prevent water spots or streaks from forming on the tiles.
  7. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar. As I mentioned earlier, baking soda and vinegar are both good and eco-friendly natural cleaning solutions, and it works perfectly for kitchen tiles. You can make a paste by mixing these two in equal proportion and applying it on your tiles

Wrapping it up

Remember this, you should try to prevent dirt and grime from building up before your kitchen becomes too dirty to clean. You should try to do regular cleaning and maintenance of your kitchen. Regular cleaning prevents your kitchen from accumulating grease, food particles and other debris. Otherwise, if you neglect regular cleaning, you will find the cleaning process more challenging in the future. In my case, I never go to bed without cleaning my kitchen properly. Once I am satisfied that my kitchen looks neat and clean, then only I can sleep peacefully.

In short, I would say that if you want to have a healthy and happy home, keep your kitchen tiles as clean as possible. But we should not forget that we have many responsibilities as a mother and a homemaker. So, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your family members while cleaning your kitchen

I hope this blog about cleaning kitchen tiles can help you to make your kitchen tiles look like new again. And I hope you will be proud to show them to your friends and family. It’s time to put on your cleaning gloves, grab your bucket and mop, and get to work.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the best thing to clean kitchen tiles with?

The best thing to clean kitchen tiles with depends on the type of tile you have. For ceramic and porcelain tiles, a mild detergent mixed with warm water is more than enough. But for marble tiles, you will need a milder solution. You can use a specialized tile cleaner for tough stains and grime.

What home remedy can I use to clean kitchen tiles?

A great home remedy to clean kitchen tiles is using a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. This not only saves you money in buying the commercialised solution but is also effective in removing dirt and stains. You can also use Baking soda and lemon juice.

How do you deep clean kitchen tiles?

We have properly explained in detail how to clean kitchen tiles. We mentioned things in a stepwise manner. So you should read the steps and I am sure no more questions will come to your mind regarding cleaning the kitchen tiles

How do I make old tiles look new again?

To make old tiles look new again, you can try using a tile and grout cleaner specifically designed to remove dirt and stains. You can also polish the tiles with a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar. If the tiles have lost their shine over time, a specialized tile polish is available in the market and you can use it to restore the kitchen tile’s shine.

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Hi, my name is Reena Sahu and I am a housewife with 26 years of experience. I have always had a keen interest in cooking and love experimenting with new recipes and foods. As a mother of two, I understand the importance of healthy and delicious meals for the whole family. In addition to my passion for cooking, I have also developed an interest in writing and have completed several online courses on food and nutrition. My two sons have helped me to start this blog. Through my kitchen blog, I hope to share my knowledge and experience with others who share my love for all things culinaryConnect with Us :LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook

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