How to clean tile with little holes

by Jo
My floor tile has small little holes in them by design. My builder let the workers walk all over them with muddy boots. There is a path where the workers walked. My problem now is how do I clean it? I have tried all the easy mopping stuff but need something better. I used a toothbrush and baking soda and vinegar. It got a lot of stuff off but left a lot. Any ideas? Thanks!

  7 answers
  • Janice Janice on Mar 04, 2018

    Maybe try using a steam cleaner vacuum, like the carpet cleaner ones but for tile/wood floors. Next best thing is to really clean with soap and water and a brush, then vacuum up with a wet vac/shop vac. That's too bad, the builder should have cleaned it up for you....not very good customer relations if he was told about it and wouldn't do anything for you.

  • First your builder is responsible. He needs to foot the bill on this one. I would have steam cleaned.

    They are going to get dirty over time, how are you planning on cleaning on a regular basis? They may be pretty but maybe were not the best choice?

  • Charlene murphy Charlene murphy on Mar 04, 2018

    Try putting Baking soda over the holes then top with vinegar. It should bubble out the dirt. You could also then suck up dirt or water with a wet vac.

  • Olgabolga Olgabolga on Mar 04, 2018

    steam it, wipe well, seal with tile sealer

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Mar 04, 2018

    I would try the upholstery attachment on a steam cleaner. The vacuum portion that removes the water should suck it out. Do it more than once, so it doesn't dry - mud that has dried can be hard to dig out.

  • Rhonda Brooks Rhonda Brooks on Mar 04, 2018

    I would have the builder Clean it. I find 409 can clean anything. Wash out you mop after every swipe or the mud will settle back in the holes. You may have to use a scrub brush doing the same thing.