If you have tile installed in your home or business, you may think that it does not need professional cleaning. Many people are under the incorrect assumption that mopping tile floors alone gets them clean.


However, just like carpets, tile flooring needs to be professionally cleaned from time to time. The frequency in which they need to be cleaned depends on the amount of foot traffic, type of tile and how dirty they get. Here are a few of the signs that your tile flooring needs to be professionally cleaned.

1. The Tile Looks Dull

One of the signs that your tile flooring may need to be professionally cleaned is that the tile looks dull. No matter how many times you mop, scrub or clean the tile, it lacks some of the shine and glossiness it had when the floor was first installed. Some people think that that is just from aging and wear, but that is not the case. Tile loses its shine and glossy appearance because it is dirty deep within its pores. Professional cleaning can help to restore the tile to its natural appearance.

2. The Tile is Discolored

Another of the tell-tale signs that your tile needs to be professionally cleaned is when the tile is discolored. Take an item that is hiding some of your tile, such as your fridge, and pull it out a little bit. Are the hidden tiles a different color than your exposed tiles? If so, the tiles need to be cleaned. Dirt and debris can reside within the tiles pores causing them to become discolored. However, since it happens gradually, you may not even notice. Pulling an item out allows you to see this change and determine that your tiles need to be cleaned.

3. The Grout is Discolored

Along with discolored tile, your flooring needs to be cleaned when the grout, or the filler between your tiles, is dirty or discolored. If the grout is so dirty that it is discolored or grimy, the tile itself likely is, as well. So if one needs to be cleaned, the other gets cleaned as well. If you think your tile may need professional cleaning, turn to the grout to possibly clue you in.

4. Bad Odors

Keeping the items and structures in your home clean is essential. So, if you find odd or foul odors coming from your floor area, this is a huge indicator that you need professional cleaning. Mildew and mold grow in damp environments, and as they progress, they emit a musty smell that may not go away even after you clean the area. In some cases, baking soda and vinegar can work, but they may just mask the odor instead of removing the problem.

5. The Flooring Looks Old

Ceramic tiles can last up to 50 years or longer, but they will degrade quickly if not cared for properly. Even with the most durable and highest quality options, wear and tear can break down their durability, and a few signs to look for are:


  • Scratches
  • Rough edges
  • Warping


However, in most cases, replacing the most damaged tiles and having a professional deep cleaning completed can help restore them to a beautiful state.

6. Your Typical Cleaning Process Is Not Working

Having a regularly scheduled cleaning routine for your tile is essential, but if they have gone uncared for a long period, it can be more challenging to get them clean. It is not unusual for a standard cleaning to not be enough to eliminate all the buildup accumulated over the years, which is why hiring a professional is the right choice.

7. You Have Found Staining

Depending on your material type, stains can arise from many different sources. Moisture, debris, dust, grime, and other sources can leach into the material and create an unsightly aesthetic. Investing in professional cleaning means having a trained expert not only get the areas cleaner but spot any potential problems and help advise you on what steps you can take to restore any damages or keep up on professional maintenance.

Clean Your Tile With CCS Cleaning & Restoration

Here at CCS Cleaning & Restoration, we can help you to clean your tile. We are professional cleaners offering cleaning services for residential, commercial, government, and industrial projects in the Faribault, MN area.


If you need carpet cleaning, pet odor removing, rug cleaning, leather cleaning, upholstery cleaning, fire damage cleaning, mold remediation, water cleanup or tile cleaning, give us a call at 507-334-1774 for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment today!