Cleaning saltillo tile

John Wood
by John Wood
The saltillo tiles in the house have a lot of dirt stuck on them especially in their tiny imperfections. I would appreciate the process for cleaning these.
  10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 14, 2015
    I am assuming the tiles are sealed so I suggest using a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water. I use this solution to clean everything in my home. I always have clean sparkling floors .Well As best that I can with three dogs and a husband who won't take his shoes off.
  • Mary Mary on Oct 15, 2015
    I say use a steam cleaner.
  • Mai991992 Mai991992 on Oct 15, 2015
    Simple Green and deck brush
  • Ann Ann on Oct 16, 2015
    I have used a steam cleaner but maybe I have too much build up. It just looks like I can't get it clean. I'll give vinegar mixture and simple green a try. Thanks
  • John Wood John Wood on Oct 27, 2015
    A mixture of vinegar and water did not work. The stains seem quite stubborn.
  • Rena Logan Rena Logan on Oct 31, 2015
    I just spent hours cleaning black gunk from the grout of rental property. I sprayed scrubbing bubbles in the cracks & let it sit for a about 10 minutes. Then used a little soft scrub & a scrub brush. I did small sections at a time...since it is very slippery. If you have a hand help steamer, it takes less effort to get all the gunk up. Also I made sure to wipe up the dirt as I was cleaning, before it dried.
  • Mar2192240 Mar2192240 on Nov 03, 2015
    I have Saltillo and I use hot water and a brush
  • Mary Swanson Mary Swanson on Nov 03, 2015
    I have Tecate tiles which are similar to Saltillo tiles, but a little less porous. Sometimes a little Dawn with hot water helps. The good news is that I have had my tiles for over 30 years and after trying to seal them numerous times they finally have filled all the little pores and are pretty well sealed without my trying anything else for a number of years.
  • Nancy Nancy on Nov 03, 2015
    I had Saltillo tiles... I just used hot soapy water to clean them, but to deep clean them, I used a wire brush and scrubbed all the grout lines (this took several hours), then cleaned with hot soapy water. About every 3-4 years I had a professional tile guy come in and remove all the sealer and wax, and start new, that's when it looked it's best... there are several good professional strippers and sealers you can buy from either a tile store or a janitorial service store... it just takes time and patience. Good luck.
  • The ideas shared by you are really nice; I also have some related ideas on this stuff. You can just try it. Before cleaning Saltillo tiles you should try to determine if there has been a topical sealer applied to the tiles. You can usually look at the surface of the tiles and grout lines and see if a clear glossy sealer has been applied.Thanks for great tips.