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North Lancashire Tile Doctor
Operated by Heidi and Russell Taylor who provide tile cleaning, stone cleaning, grout cleaning and tile, stone and grout sealing services throughout the North Lancashire area.
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Very coarse 100 grit diamond milling Pad for resurfacing stone floors after milling.
Ceramic Tile Cleaning Information
Help with Tile and Stone  >  Ceramic Tile Cleaning
Ceramic Tile Cleaning

Glazed ceramic tiles are a popular option these days due their durability, water and scratch resistance. Originally tiles were hand-made, thus each was a work of art in its own right. Ceramic tile is used almost everywhere - on walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces, in murals, and as an exterior cladding on buildings. Today of course most ceramic tiles are automatically manufactured. 

Cleaning and Maintenance

Ceramic tiles unlike there forebears Quarry Tiles are fully glazed, even the matt Ceramic tile is fully glazed so this means they won't need to be cleaned and sealed unless they are textured (see below) however the textured tiles can trap dirt in the groves (unless sealed) and thus will need to be cleaned out with Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and rinsed with water afterwards.

Smooth and glossy Ceramic tiles will only need a light clean using Tile Doctor Neutral Cleaner, only a couple of cap fulls diluted in warm water should be required.
If grout smears (also known as grout haze) are present following installation then use Tile Doctor Grout Clean-up to remove them, for situations where the haze is very stubborn then use Tile Doctor Acid Gel instead.
Shower Cubicles and Wet Rooms will need a spray on product such as Tile Doctor Oxy-Pro for cleaning the tiles, we also find Mould Away works equally well on removing mould spores and cleaning dirty grout.  Once clean and dry we recommend sealing the grout with Tile Doctor Grout Seal and Go (see below for grout colouring).
Once clean and dry we recommend sealing the grout with Tile Doctor Wall Grout Sealer which will protect the grout and make it much easier to clean in future.
If the grout is the patchy after it is cleaned and before it is sealed we recommend instead of grout sealing use a Grout Colourant instead, this will restore the appearance of the grout which has lost its colour dye from heavy usage of bleaching agents.
Spray on Tile Doctor Aqua Pro after showering to eliminate acid build-up from the use of soaps, shampoos and body-washes, this will not damage any sealer or grout colourant that has been applied.
To remove rust stains Tile Doctor has developed Rust Away which is a gel based product unique to the market place which can be brushed or sponged onto vertical surfaces without drips forming, use as directed for best results.

Most Ceramic tiles are quite easy to clean with these methods however grout is normally recessed and this can act as a dirt trap on floor tiles when they are mopped leading to a build-up of dirt on the grout, this can be resolved using Tile Doctor Pro-Clean and then once clean and fully dry, seal the grout with one coat of Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal using a pipette.

Sealing Ceramic Tiles

Here at Tile Doctor we often get asked to recommend a sealer for Ceramic Tiles; the simple answer is they don't usually need one however textured ceramics tiles that simulate the appearance of Slate and Stone often benefit from one coat of Tile Doctor Seal and Go as this stops the dirt trapping itself into the texture of the tile.  Seal and Go is however a satin finish sealer so will leave the tiles with a satin finish.

Mouldy bathroom cleaned by the Edinburgh Tile Doctor using a strong solution of Mould Away.
Victorian Tile before being cleaned by Edinburgh Tile Doctor
Victorian Tile after being cleaned by Edinburgh Tile Doctor

For many examples of Ceramic tile cleaning activities carried out by UK Tile Doctors please visit


Recommended Products

When using our products please take time to familiarise yourself with the directions on the back of the bottle first.

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Grout Colourant Kit
Grout Colourant Kit includes Pre-Treater and Grout Colourant.

Use before Grout Colourant to prepare the grout joint for a superior bond. Available in 500ml bottle at £10.00 each.

Tile Doctor Acid Gel 1 Litre
PH1 blend of Phosphoric and Hydrochloric acids in a gel form for the treatment of grout haze (grout smears) and efflorescence on wall and floor tiles. The gel is especially effective on vertical or sloped surface where where more dwell time is required.

Tile Doctor Aqua Pro
The Tile Doctor range of neutral Tile and Stone cleaners are especially formulated for the regular cleaning of Sealed Stone and Tile surfaces keeping them fresh.

Tile Doctor Duo Clean
Fast effective double action grout cleaner and mould remover. Cleans up grout and can remove mould and blackspot from grout and silicone and is suitable for use on plastic and enamel baths and showers

Tile Doctor Grout Clean-Up 1 Litre
Grout Clean-Up contains concentrated phosphoric acid and cleaner designed to penetrate below the surface to remove light grout smears (grout haze), mineral deposits, rust stains and efflorescence.

Tile Doctor Grout Colourant
Easy-to use waterborne epoxy that recolours, seals and rejuvenates existing grout joints. Recommended for use on sanded, unsanded and epoxy grout joints.

Tile Doctor Mould Away Spray
Mould Away is a Fast effective formula for removing mould off Silicone and Grout.

Tile Doctor Neutral Tile Cleaner 1 litre
Most tile cleaning products sold on the market today are designed for cleaning ceramic rather than stone surfaces, as a result they can slowly etch away at the sealed surface of your stone floor reducing the life of your sealer.

Tile Doctor Oxy-Pro
A powerful high-alkaline cleaner especially formulated for cleaning shower Tile and Grout. Highly effective cleaner that removes soap scum, body oil, mildew and algae from areas that have been neglected or subjected to frequent use.

Tile Doctor Pro-Clean 1 Litre
A concentrated, multi-purpose high-alkaline cleaner, stripper and degreaser. Best for Heavily Soiled & Neglected Tile, Stone or Grout.

Tile Doctor Rust Away
Rust-Away is used to remove embeded rust stains on any type of Stone or Clay based tile including Terracotta, Porcelain and Ceramic Tile.

Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal 1 litre
Premium, no-sheen, natural-look, solvent-based penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection, especially in food preparation and serving areas.

Tile Doctor Ultra-Seal 5 litre
Premium, no-sheen, natural-look, solvent-based penetrating sealer formulated to provide maximum stain protection, especially in food preparation and serving areas.

Wall Grout Pen
Easy to use water based non toxic grout colouring pen, ideal for quickly touching up and restoring wall grout.

Wall Grout Sealer Spray
Water based grout sealer that prevents water, oil and acid based contaminants from spoiling the appearance and colour of grout yet allows moisture vapour transmission.
Ask the Tile Doctor
If you have a problem with your Tile and Stone why not ask the Tile Doctor for advice.

Contact us for a personal solution to your tile installation problem by calling us on 0845 652 4652 or e-mail Please include as much detail about your issue as possible and if you feel it will help attach a photograph. Our Tile Doctor have many years of experience of dealing with the typical issues that people experience and were confident we can find the right solution.

Alternately take a look at one of our dedicated sites below where we detail real examples of issues faced by our customers and how they were resolved.

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All the information you need to be able to clean and maintain Ceramic floor and wall tiles.
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