How To Clean Kitchen tiles

How To Clean Kitchen Tiles

Keeping your kitchen clean is important, and your kitchen tiles are part of that too! Kitchen tiles tend to get grimy and greasy pretty quickly. Here are my best tips on how to clean kitchen tiles.

Many modern kitchens do not have actual tile anymore, but if you have an older home like mine, you may still be dealing with greasy kitchen tiles on a weekly basis.

I really prefer to clean my kitchen tiles and backsplash as a final touch to my daily kitchen clean, but I do a deeper tile clean on the weekend, or whenever I have extra energy after running around after 3 kids.

Here are my best tips on how to clean kitchen tiles.

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How To Clean Kitchen Tiles On The Wall

Warm Soapy Water

Many times all you need is simple soapy water to clean the tiles in the kitchen. I like to use castile soap but you can also use Dawn dish soap or murphy’s oil soap.

Use a clean cloth (I like microfiber but any rag works here) and dip it into your soap solution. You can even just put soap into the rag and then rinse it under running water to get a soapy effect going.

Wipe your tile with your soapy rag using a circular motion, making sure to get all nooks and crannies to get all that loose dirt.

Once you finish wiping down with your soapy rag, wipe the walls off with a clean dry cloth.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Use your favorite all-purpose cleaner and spray a clean microfiber cloth with it. Wipe down your kitchen tiles in circular motions, making sure to get all the dirt off. Then rinse that cloth off with running water and wipe the tile one more time. This is a great option if you are dealing with tough stains.

Dry off the tile with a clean dry rag once it is all clean. I prefer to make my own cleaning products, but if purchase an all-purpose cleaner this is the one I use.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If you have hydrogen peroxide on hand, it makes a wonderful cleaner and disinfectant. I recommend creating a solution with 1/4 cup peroxide in a spray bottle, and the rest of the bottle filled up with water. Spray the solution onto your cloth and proceed to wipe the kitchen tiles.

You don’t have to rinse off the peroxide, simply leave it there and it will start to disinfect your kitchen tile after a few minutes.

Baking Soda

If your kitchen tiles are looking pretty greasy, use a baking soda and water paste to clean off the tile.

Simply mix water and baking soda until you have a paste consistency, and dip your clean cloth into this paste. Rub the paste over your tiles in circular motions until the tile is clean.

Rinse off the baking soda paste with a clean damp cloth to make sure your tile doesn’t have a cloudy haze over it.


Just as you would use hydrogen peroxide and water, you can make white vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle. This is a great way to keep your ceramic tiles sparkling if you don’t mind cleaning with vinegar.

The best way to clean with vinegar is to use hot water, and for stubborn stains use an old toothbrush. You can make the solution smell better by using an essential oil, or try lemon juice in place of vinegar.

How To Clean Kitchen Floor Tiles

Tile floors get a little messier and frequently have some harsher stains on them, but cleaning them follows the same fundamental approach as before, though you can use a mop at this step to quickly cover big areas.

You can use one of the cleaning solutions listed above, but there are also a variety of cleaning agents available that may be better suited to any particularly difficult stains.

  1. Before cleaning the kitchen floor, vacuum it to remove any excess dirt and debris that you don’t want to scrub into the surface.
  2. Scrub the floor with a microfiber soft cloth or a mop, depending on your preference, using a good quality floor cleaner mixed with warm water.
  3. Allow the floor to dry and avoid walking on it until it is completely dry! If any places require additional attention, continue the process until you’re satisfied.

Cleaning the Grout On The Kitchen Tiles

Grout is the most difficult portion of a tile to clean, and it may readily discolor over time in a kitchen owing to filth and grease. Discolored grout lines, no matter how brilliant your tiles are, can make your kitchen look dingy. Use a grout cleaner and a grout brush for best results.

If you’re looking for a natural cleaning solution try this Best Homemade Grout Cleaner With Dawn for my recipe as an effective way of handling dirty tile grout.

Maintaining your Kitchen Tiles

If you want to keep your tiles appearing newer for longer, there are a few quick and easy ways to keep up with regular maintenance.

  1. Vacuum your kitchen floor tiles on a regular basis to ensure that no food or debris sticks to them for an extended amount of time.
  2. Clean up spills as soon as they happen to avoid stains. Wipe tiles regularly to keep dirt and grease from building up.

If you do these modest actions on a daily basis, cleaning your kitchen tiles will become a lot easier and less of a chore. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep your kitchen appearing clean and fresh every day.

Cleaning Kitchen Tiles bottom Line

Nobody likes to deal with greasy kitchen wall tiles, and the good news is that you don’t need a lot of chemicals to clean kitchen wall tiles. Sometimes it may take a little elbow grease to get the tile backsplash clean.

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