How to Vacuum Tile Floors: Tips for Cleaning Tile Floors

In my experience, a vacuum cleaner can be a game-changer when it comes to maintaining tile floors. While some models certainly outshine others in this department, vacuuming often proves to be one of the most effective methods for cleaning tile. Unlike a broom, which might leave some pesky dirt behind, a vacuum ensures that dust, dirt, and other debris are efficiently lifted from the floor.

That said, a word of caution is necessary here. It's essential to steer clear of vacuum cleaners equipped with a beater brush when dealing with tile floors. From what I've seen, those brushes can be pretty rough on tiles, potentially causing scratches or other damage. So, always best to play it safe!

You can use a soft roller brush that many of the Dyson and other vacuum cleaners have. The brushes that look like a cylinder “hairbrush” should be avoided.

It’s also best to use a lightweight vacuum cleaner on tile floors. Large and heavy vacuum cleaners can be too much for some tile floors to handle, especially if it has cheap plastic wheels that can scrape the tile.

The Best Vacuum For Tile Floors

The best vacuum cleaner for tile floors will be any stick-style vacuum cleaner.

A stick vacuum cleaner is a lighter and more delicate way to clean tile floors. These vacuum cleaners are designed for hard floors and have special attachments that work well on tile.

You should also look for a vacuum cleaner with good suction power. This will help to ensure that all the dirt and debris on your tile floor is picked up by the vacuum.

If you want the best of the best, a Dyson V12 Detect Slim* is what I consider the best and what I, personally, use on my tile floors.

How To Clean Tile Floors With Vacuum

Here are the steps for vacuuming tile floors:

  1. If equipped, remove the beater brush from your stick vacuum, turn it off if that is an option, or install the soft roller brush if you have one. The rotating beater brushes can damage some floors, so it’s best to not have them on when cleaning tile.
  2. Start vacuuming the corners and edges of the tile floor, as this is where most of the dust rest.
  3. Vacuum all area of the tile after doing the corners and edges.
  4. Do another pass, but in the opposite direction, to make sure you get all the dirt to suck in the grout lines.

Things To Avoid With Tile Floors

When it comes to tile floors, you want to avoid harsh chemicals.

Porcelain tiles hold up better than ceramic, but with a strong enough chemical cleaner, both can get damaged or discolored. You’ll find many tiles used for floors are porcelain as it holds up better to the foot traffic and water.

Here is the list of chemicals and things to avoid with porcelain tiles:

  1. Avoid ammonia or bleach or any chemicals that contain it.
  2. Avoid wax cleaners or oil-based detergents.
  3. Avoid steel wool or any abrasive cleaning pads.
  4. Avoid hard brushes, especially on the vacuum cleaner, stick to suction only vacuums or turn the beater brushes off when using on tiles.
  5. Avoid cleaners with dyes in them especially if it’s a light color tile.

If you accidentally drop a chemical on the tile that you were not supposed to, then clean it up with a damp rag while blotting the area with a new damp side each time.

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