Q. How can I get a shine on ceramic tile? It has never been waxed.
A. The ceramic tile shown here was waxed (treated with a standard floor finish). Obviously it is peeling off. Floor finishes are unable to adhere to ceramic tile. That is why they should be left untreated, or if a mild sheen is desired, they can be sealed with an impregnating sealer. One other option is to only seal cementous grout, so that it does not discolor over time. This particular tile needs to be stripped.
Keep in mind that many ceramic tiles are manufactured without a gloss. The customer may need to be informed of this. The best process is to thoroughly mop the floor with a good floor detergent. Then, fill a mop buck, or a flatmop bucket with clean water and add 1 cup of vinegar and rinse the floor. When dry, buff the floor with a white pad and then dust mop it. This will not produce a high gloss, as most ceramic tile is more of a matte finish. But at least all the streaks and dull appearance will be removed.
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