How to Polish Tile Floors
Using polish is more than just adding shine to your tile floors. That layer of polish adds protection as well. Polishing floors helps restore a floor’s protective finish while filling in any microscopic scratches. When it comes to maintaining beautiful tile floors, polishing should be added as a necessary part of your long-term maintenance. Polish tile floors every 2-4 months or longer depending on foot traffic.
No matter what kind of tile floor you have, Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Polish has you covered. Bona hard surface floor polish is formulated for a wide range for surfaces like linoleum, stone, terrazzo, vinyl, sealed porous marble, laminate, luxury vinyl and no-wax sealed tile (ceramic, Mexican Saltillo, quarry). To make polishing tile floors easy and effective, be sure to keep the following best practices in mind.
Prep and Test
- Measure your floor to ensure that you have enough polish. Bona Floor Polishes cover anywhere from 350-550 sq. ft. depending on the size of the bottle.
- Clear furniture. Sweep/dry mop and give your floor a good cleaning with your favorite tile floor cleaner.
- Clean grout with a brush and cleaner (a paste of baking soda and water works as well)
- Do a small test area in an inconspicuous spot before applying Bona Polish.
- Use a microfiber pad for the polish application that is separate from what you use to clean your tile floors.
- Be gentle. Don’t work the polish into the floor. Let the polish do all the work when applying.
- Divide the floor into smaller sections, being sure to give yourself an exit.
- Pour polish directly on the floor in an S pattern. Dampen the microfiber pad with polish to start.
- Keep applicator pad damp with polish to avoid streaking.
- Don’t apply polish too thin – it needs to be a nice, even layer.
- After 1 to 2 hours after polishing, you can walk on the floor with socked feet. After 24 hours, the product is fully cured, ready for furniture, regular foot traffic and pets.