Grout, and some tile, are susceptible to rust stains. Where the mildew and mold stains are usually the more common, the rust stains are unsightly blemishes that frequently develop. In addition to mold, excess iron in water can also cause rust stains on tile surfaces. When it comes to these rust stains, there are many solutions, but the retail products are not only expensive, but they often do not deliver on their effectiveness, or they are especially harsh chemicals. Where most would prefer to skip this expense, there are a few household ingredients common in the home that can effectively remove the rust stains from the grout and tile. Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to share these home remedies for rust stains on grout.
Importance of Tile Sealing
Grout and most types of tile should be sealed at installation and regularly resealed. Moisture buildup and staining can be resisted because the sealants act as a protective barrier. Harsh chemicals can accelerate the sealants wear. But it is important you seal the tile and grout every year or so.
Liquid Dish Detergent Can Remove Rust Stains
A mild liquid dish detergent solutions is a safe option to remove rust stains from grout. Mix well 20 drops of mild dish soap and a cup of water in a squirt bottle. Apply the solution generously and let it soak in for 5-10 minutes. With a sponge or a soft-bristle brush scrub the away the rust remnants. If needed, repeat. Be sure to thoroughly tins the soapy residue and rust with warm water. Also, this home remedy can be used for everyday cleaning to maintain your grout.
Hydrogen Peroxide Will Remove Rust Stains from Grout
A safe option for rust removal is using diluted hydrogen peroxide. Mix together well 1 cup water with ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Saturate the stain well and in between applications, use circular patterns to scrub clean with a soft bristled brush or sponge. After the rust is gone, rinse the treated area well with warm water to ensure the mixture and any residual rust is removed. Also, mold and mildew stains can also be effectively and safely removed with this mixture. Caution – Hydrogen peroxide can potentially lighten your grout’s color, as it is a natural lightening agent. Where this solution is diluted and should not cause any fading effects, be sure to perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure the grout’s color is not compromised.
Powder Laundry Detergent Grout Rust Remover
Powder laundry detergent is gentle, yet effective against rust stains on grout. The rust stain needs to be pre-dampened first, followed by a sprinkling of a layer of powder laundry detergent. Allow the detergent to loosen the rust for 5-10 minutes. Use circular scrubbing patterns with a sponge or a soft-bristle brush to scrub away the rust, immediately follow up with warm water to rinse the area clean. Repeat as necessary and ensure you always rinse the area clean.
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Where these methods can combat mild rust stains, it sometimes takes a professional and their powerful equipment, techniques and Grade-A products to remove the rust thoroughly. Call Silver State Floor Restoration and let our professional clean and seal your grout!