A tiled floor has a sanitised look that shows that someone took time to clean it thoroughly. Ceramic, porcelain, slate, or terracotta tiles on floors, showers, and walls add a squeaky-clean atmosphere to a living space.
But getting that clean look comes after scrubbing grime and scum and sweeping and mopping the tiles and grout. Is tile and grout cleaning worth it? It certainly is, and the right cleaning equipment enhances efficiency and effectiveness. Nevertheless, despite all the diligent cleaning, tiles get unsightly stains that require extra attention and cleaning tactics.
Tips on How to Clean Stains from Tiles
The cleaning recommendations for tiles vary as widely as the nature of materials used to make the tiles and the nature of cleaning required. In the same way, there are different guidelines for removing tile stains, as we see below.
How the type of material affects the stain removal process
Porcelain and glazed ceramic tiles are heavy-duty and durable, making them withstand most stain removal procedures, even the more rigorous ones. The more delicate tiles, such as travertine, limestone, and marble derived from natural stone, need conservative handling with non-abrasive equipment and cleaners.
Abrasive cleaners include those with acids like vinegar or lemon and stiff-bristles brushes, and they damage the surface of the delicate tile.
Common Stains and the Appropriate Stain Removal Methods
Tar, wax, or gum
Solidify the staining substance by placing ice cubes on it. Once the material turns hard, scrap it off with a crafts stick and remove any residue with an inflammable paint thinner.
Dye and ink
Soak a cloth in diluted bleach, place it over the stain, and leave it until it vanishes. Now rinse the floor well after cleaning it with a suitable detergent or cleaner.
Beverages like tea, coffee, juice
First, wash the area with hot water and a mild cleaning detergent. If the stain remains, use diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide on a soft cloth to blot it.
Hard water stains
Avoid abrasive cleaners for the hardy type of acid-safe tiles, such as glazed ceramic and porcelain, as they spoil the tile surface. To remove the mineral build-up that causes the hard water stain, soak a cloth in vinegar and use it to wet and gently scrub the stain.
Vinegar will dissolve the stain. Repeat several times, then sprinkle some baking soda over the area wet with vinegar. Now rinse the spot and wipe it dry with a soft clean cloth. Use commercial stain removers for natural stone tile.
Use a nail polish remover to dissolve the nail polish, and then wipe the tile with a damp cloth. If the nail polish fails to liquefy, dab it with diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
Blot the stain with a clean cloth in diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide.
A well-done cleaning job begins with preparation. That phase includes identifying the material used to make the tile and the nature of the stain. Those two factors determine the best method and equipment for cleaning the tile surface without harming its appearance. It is good to consult a professional whenever confusion or doubt arises about tile cleaning.