Ceramic tile can be mopped with vinegar and buffed to achieve a just polished shine. Avoid using waxes or polishing compounds that can dull the surface or even remove the factory applied glaze.
Polishing a ceramic floor is a multistep process.
Start by removing loose dirt and debris by vacuuming or sweeping the tile floor.
Brighten up dirty grout between the tiles by scrubbing at it with a small brush and a solution of dish detergent in water. A toothbrush works well for this purpose, making it possible to work in tight areas and corners.
Mop or steam clean the tile to lift away hardened or compressed dirt, debris and wax. If mopping, use a mix of 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Mop the floor as normal and allow to dry. Another option is to use pure lemon juice for mopping. To make the juice go further, place it in a spray bottle and spritz the floor before mopping.
Use an electric floor buffer to polish the ceramic tile to a high sheen. No chemical wax or polish is needed. Gently guide the buffer over the floor, working in small 2-foot sections at a time. It is possible to buff the floor by hand with a clean terry cloth towel. Scrunch the towel up in hand and swipe it on the floor in firm, circular motions.
Polish glass by washing it with a soap mixture, buffing it with a rag and finishing with a glass-polishing kit. This takes only a few minutes. You will need water, dish soap, a spray bottle, a sponge, a soft cloth and a glass-polishing kit.Full Answer >
To polish brass, mix a paste of baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Rub the mixture onto the brass item with a soft cloth in a circular motion. Rinse the item well with warm water, and polish it to a shine with a clean, dry cloth.Full Answer >
To polish chrome, clean the surface well to remove dirt and oil residue. Then, use water with aluminum foil to remove rust and make the chrome shine.Full Answer >
To apply grout, pour the grout on a small section of tile, and spread it with a float. Remove the excess material from the tile with the float, and then clean the flooring before applying a sealant. Most rooms can be grouted in a day.Full Answer >