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How to clean outdoor tiles

Having a beautiful tiled patio or poolside is a fantastic way to give your outdoor space some style. However, it’s vital to keep them clean to prevent the buildup of moss or algae, which may create a slip hazard for your household.

Remove surface debris

The first step in cleaning outdoor tiles is to remove any surface debris. This stage may encompass leaves, branches, and other dirt that is easily moved away like soil. Use a soft-bristled broom when sweeping away surface dirt to prevent your tiles from becoming scratched or damaged.

It’s also a good idea to remove any outdoor furniture or potted plants to prevent any of the dirt from transferring to them.

Choose your cleaning product

It’s vital to find the correct kind of cleaning product for the type of tile you have. If you’re in any doubt, contact the us for guidance. Here’s a general guide to the kinds of cleaning products you should use, depending on your tile’s material.


Use a mild detergent or a weak solution of white wine vinegar and water, at approximately a 1:8 ratio.


Avoid bleach and acidic cleaners, and opt for a milder phosphate-free liquid soap or professional marble cleaning products.

Granite and Slate

Use warm water and a soft cloth with a pH-neutral detergent that’s free from dyes.

Limestone and travertine

Ensure the cleaners are biodegradable and non-toxic as these are porous stones.

Remember to clean the grouting

Looking in between the tiles may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s in these small grooves that grime resides. Use a bristled brush to lift the tough dirt, and find the best cleaning product for you. Some people prefer chemical cleaners, while others prefer to make their own from a water and vinegar mixture.

Use a dry mop

Once you’ve finished with the cleaning product, use a dry mop to clear any excess or surface water from your tiles. This additional moisture could become stagnant and cultivate the microorganisms you’ve just cleaned away, so ensure you conduct this final stage to finish the process.

Microfibre or rag mops are generally best for cleaning surfaces, as sponge mops soak up the dirt and spread it around the floor again. Some kinds of mops are best for either wet or dry cleaning, so consider this before deciding which to use.

Upgrade your outdoor space

If you’ve tried cleaning your tiles and they’re still not free from dirt, then it might be time for an upgrade. High-quality tiles can last for about 20 years, but even the best tiles will wear over time.

For low-maintenance outdoor tiles, browse our products at Traditional Tiles and Flooring today. Our range is resistant to the growth of microorganisms like moss and mould, ensuring your poolside or patio remain a healthy place to relax.

Built with safety in mind, they are naturally slip-resistant to minimise the risk of slips and falls. Plus, their colour steadfastness ensures they remain as good as new throughout their lifespan.

For more information about our outdoor tiles, or to update your space, the team at Traditional Tiles and Flooring are here to help.