Whatever type of tile you have, we suggest the same day-to-day cleaning techniques for best results. Cleaning tiled floors is easy and effective if you follow the method below.

If you follow this guide to cleaning tiled floors, you will do the best job of removing contamination with the least risk of creating unexpected issues. We suggest absorbent surfaces are sealed for best results.


Vacuuming is under-rated on hard surfaces. It’s a really important first step when cleaning tiled floors. Vacuuming is simply the fastest way to remove hair, dirt, and grit from tiles, which is especially important on soft surfaces like limestone that could scratch.

For absolute best results use a wet-vacuum to draw contamination out of the surface of absorbent materials.


Throw out your sponge, string, or steam mop and purchase a good-quality microfibre mop.

Start with the mop head dry, and apply either clean water or neutral pH cleaner directly to the floor via trigger spray bottle at the rate of 2 sprays per 5 square metres. This greatly reduces the water used which allows the microfibre to grip most effectively and avoids contamination into grout joints.

Slique can provide microfiber mops and neutral pH cleaners with trigger spray applicators through www.tilecleaning.co.nz

Clean high-traffic areas

As required, remove textural contamination that can build up in high traffic areas like kitchens or lift bases. The microfibre mop will remove most of this, but some tiles have smaller pores and can occasionally require an even finer cleaner.

We suggest the magic sponge as this has extremely fine fibres that is amazing at removing surface dirt from finely textured tiles with no chemical.

Remove deep staining

As required remove deep staining. If you are unable to get onto spills quickly enough they can occasionally stain even sealed surfaces. The magic sponge as described above can only remove surface contamination, not sub-surface staining, but there are high alkaline cleaners and poultices safe on all stone that are very effective at removal. It is important that these are only used when required as used too often they will start to break down and reduce the life of your sealer.