How to remove stains from tile?

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What’s the best way to get those rust stains off your tile floor?

It’s not uncommon to find rust stains on a tile floor. If you think about it tiles are often used in rooms where there is a good chance they will get wet, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

This is where the rust comes in; it’s formed when the water present comes into contact with iron. Again iron is common in both bathrooms and kitchens. So you can see there’s a good chance you’re going to experience rust in the area where your tiles are placed.

This doesn’t mean you have cause to worry, there are ways that you can easily remove the rust and restore your tiles to pristine condition.

Lemon is a great cleaner of ceramics

You may not like the taste of lemon but you’ll love its cleaning properties when it comes to removing rust. You can use lemon juice as a cleaner in a couple of different ways. For a simple solution just pour it straight onto the area of tile that is affected and leave...

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Ok, this sounds a little strange, but I learned this from HGTV and it does work.

1. Mix Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice to form a paste.

2. Apply the paste to the rust marks.

3. Let that sit overnight.

4. Wipe with a clean wet rag.

This erases rust marks like magic.

Cream of Tartar is the white powder leftover from wine making. You can find it in the spice section at any grocery store.

And you want to use "Real Lemon" for the lemon juice (the stuff in the green bottle)...not lemonade or anything with sugar.

Why it works:

Cream of Tartar is an antioxidant. Lemon is also an antioxidant. Together they make a super-antioxidant...and rust is simply oxidation.

This paste absolutely dissolves rust.

Important: test a small spot before using. This paste is extremely powerful and you don't want to hurt the finish of your tiles.


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Rust stains on your ceramic tile are unsightly, and they can easily happen in places where metal and moisture mix, such as in the bathroom. You don't have to spend a fortune retiling to get your shower enclosure looking great again even if you're dealing with stubborn stains. Instead, try mixing a few household products together for some cleansing agents that should do the trick.

Step 1 - Take Safety Precautions

When working with any chemicals or abrasives, even natural ones, you should always make sure you first protect yourself. Stop cleaners from drying out your skin by wearing work gloves at all times, and wear expendable work clothes so you don't have to worry about your good garments getting stains.

Step 2 - Move Surrounding Objects

While you remove rust stains from the tile, your cleaning agent can spread onto other objects, ruining finishes and causing discoloration. To be safe, move all nearby objects away from the where you are working.

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How to Remove Stains From Tile Grout. You know the story. Your otherwise lovely bathroom has gruesome stains or greenish black mold and fungus growing between the tiles. With some elbow grease, you can stamp out those unsightly stains. Read more:

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Last Updated February 18, 2016 01:09 AM

I have a very weird stain on the bathroom floor of an apartment I just moved into.

Is there an easy way to remove this stain?

Also, what is the material of this tile? Is it like a concrete tile? Or stone?

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Presumably if it was easy it would have been removed in the normal process of cleaning between tenants, unless the landlord doesn't bother with those minor details. I'd be inclined to try a thick paste of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and water applied and left overnight, then scrub, rinse, (rinsing is very important before moving on to the next step, if you need to go there) if stain still there move to chlorine laundry bleach.

Can't really tell from a picture if that's stone (a gray, concrete-like stone) or concrete.

February 18, 2016 12:42 PM

I like to use a weak solution of Muriatic acid and water 10% acid. Put...

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This tile shower floor has nasty hard water stains. They can be cleaned easily with household vinegar and a little time. (Tim Carter)

I’ll admit it. I’m not the best housekeeper and I’m frazzled. My tile shower floor is filthy with hard water stains. I don’t like using harsh chemicals for a number of reasons, and because the stains are so hard to clean, I’ve neglected the floor. Is there an easy way to clean hard water stains from tile? Or do I have to rip out the tile and start over? Is there a way to prevent the hard water stains once I get the tile clean again? — Tom Y., Tampa

Many people place a low priority on cleaning their homes for any number of reasons. Some are unable to do it, some are just too busy, and some may not even see the dirt. The good news is that with minimal effort and a bottle of something you likely already have in your kitchen pantry, you’ll have gleaming and clean tile in less than a day!

Before I tell you how to clean the hard water...

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Regardless of how experienced an individual is when it comes to grouting tiles and natural stones, there will always be residue left behind. Otherwise known as grout film or a grout stain, this residue can range from a slight film to an actual deposit of grout. While man-made tiles can be cleaned relatively quickly due to the nonporous nature of the tiles, natural tiles — otherwise known as natural stone — will also absorb the cement into the surface of the tile, thereby bonding with the stain. Cleaning natural tile is the same as cleaning any other tile. You just have to combine elbow grease with chemicals and liquids to remove the excess.

Mix a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake gently until the liquids are thoroughly combined. Spray the solution onto the grout stain. Let the solution sit for at least five minutes.

Wipe the grout stain area with a damp sponge to remove the excess grout and the stain. Scrub away the grout with the scrub...

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Try This First

Tile may look and feel impervious to harm, but don't take chances. Test your stain-removal technique on an inconspicuous spot of both tile and grout before cleaning. A nonabrasive all-purpose cleaner or a tub-tile-sink product removes most stains. Try the following techniques for specific stains.

Blood: Dab the stain with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach.

Coffee, tea, or juice: Wash the stain with detergent and hot water, then blot with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach.

Gum, wax, or tar: Place ice cubes in a resealable plastic bag and lay the bag over the material you want to remove from the tile. Once the material solidifies, remove as much of it as possible with a crafts stick. Remove any remaining residue with nonflammable paint thinner.

Grease or fat-base stains: Wash the stain with club soda and water or with a nonabrasive floor cleaner.

Ink or dye: Soak a...

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During winter months, salt helps melts the ice that forms on sidewalks, driveways and roads. When you live in an area that sees slick winter roads, it's inevitable that the salt sticks to your shoes or boots and get tracked onto your floors when you enter your home. When salt stains start to build up on your tile floors, a quick spot cleaning or mopping can get the surface sparkling clean again. White vinegar is a safe liquid to use on tile floors and can work through any stain just as well as any detergent-based product.

Sweep the area with a broom, and collect the salt particles and other debris in a dust bin. Discard the contents.

Mix 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of white vinegar in a bucket.

Dip the mop into the bucket, and wring out the excess liquid. Mop the floor until the salt stains are lifted, applying pressure as needed. Continue to dip the mop, and wring it out as you clean the entire floor. Spot clean with a cloth for stubborn stains or when you are...

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Let's face it, it is bound to happen to all of us at one time or another. You take every precaution to protect your carpet in hopes that no accidents or carpet stains will ever occur and compromise its beautiful appearance, and in an instant, a mishap occurs with a sippy cup of Kool-Aid, drop of blood, or your beloved pet that just could not hold it any longer. What do you do but panic and frantically reach for the nearest available cloth to remove the...

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