Ceramic tiles are one of the most durable and long-lasting flooring options.
But even with their durability, they can still lose their shine and luster after years of use. This is often due to a breakdown of the original sealant, dirt accumulation, or regular wear and tear.
What’s the Best Way to Shine Ceramic Tile?
- 1 What’s the Best Way to Shine Ceramic Tile?
- 2 4 Ways to Make Dull Ceramic Tile Shine
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
- 4 Final Thoughts
There are several ways to restore your ceramic tiles. Treat your floor with a baking soda, water, and dish soap paste if you’re looking for a natural method. Try a product like Rejuvenate’s Hard Floor Restorer and Polish if you’re looking for the most effective way to restore shine.
4 Ways to Make Dull Ceramic Tile Shine
The method you need to use to make your ceramic tile shine depends upon the cause of the dullness.
Sometimes ceramic tile becomes dull simply due to dirt or product build-up. In this case, restoring shine is as easy as thoroughly cleaning the floors.
Make a Baking Soda and Dish Soap Paste
If you prefer going the natural route, treating your floors with a paste of baking soda and dish soap is a good starting point.
The slight abrasiveness of the baking soda will help lift stuck-on dirt while the dish soap will break down any oily buildup.
Here’s what to do:
- Mix ½ cup of water, ½ cup of dish soap, and 1 cup of baking soda until a paste forms
- Apply the paste to your floor in a thin, even layer
- Allow the paste to sit for five minutes and then scrub with a sponge
Use a Floor Restorer and Polisher
If you’ve tried the method above and achieved meager results, you’re going to need a polish to bring back the shine.
I recommend a product like Rejuvenate’s All Floor Restorer.
This product is insanely easy to use. After cleaning your floors, all you need to do is mop on the floor restorer with a microfiber mop.
Eat Through Build Up With Vinegar
Another natural method for making ceramic tile shine is to clean the tiles with vinegar. This will only work if a product or dirt build-up is the cause of the dullness.
Since vinegar is acidic, it can eat through the build-up, revealing a shiny floor below.
Apply a Wet-Look Polish
If you like your ceramic tiles so shiny, they practically look wet, try a product like Zep’s Wet Look Polish.
This product is for tile that doesn’t have wax on it. If you’ve used wax in the past, this is not for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my ceramic tile dull?
If your ceramic tile is dull, it could be from years of wear and tear. Simple tasks like repeatedly walking on the floor can cause scratches and the topcoat to wear down.
Other potential causes are dirt, product, or cleaner build-up.
For example, if your ceramic tile looks hazy, it’s likely from using the wrong types of cleaner or from leftover grout. Treat your floor with vinegar to remove the product and cleaner build-up.
Can I wax ceramic tiles?
While you can wax ceramic tiles, it’s not always the best choice. Especially if your tiles already have a glaze on them. In this case, using a polish is a better way to go. Mop on polishes are also much easier to apply.
Can ceramic tiles be polished?
Yes, ceramic tiles can be polished. Polishing them helps restore their shine and will seal the grout. I recommend using a product like Rejuvenate’s floor restorer and polish. The application is as simple as mopping the product on, and the results last for three to six months.
If you’re wondering how to make dull ceramic tile shine, start by giving your floors a deep clean. You can do this with a baking soda paste or by using vinegar. If the dullness results from build-up, either of these methods will work.
If cleaning alone doesn’t work, try a product like Rejuvenate’s restorer and polish. This product is easy to apply and will bring back the shine to your floor.