When it comes to your tile, there are common stains and substances that besmirch the surface. We began a tile stain removal guide last week with part one. Today, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to continue and finish the guide with Part 2 of removing common tile stains.
How to Remove Gum, Tar or Wax Stains from Tile
Until the staining substance is cold and has solidified, apply bagged ice cubes or an ice pack to the area and let this sit. Remove as much of the substance as you can using a blunt-edge wooden craft stick or silicone-tipped stick, this will prevent scratching the tile. Making sure not to get any on the grout, wipe with paint thinner. Rinse the area with water and ensure you use the towel to dry the surface.
Hard Water Stain Removal
Though there are obvious substances that can leave a stain, few realize water can be included for leaving hard-to-remove stains. For those with containing high levels of magnesium and calcium, the hard water stains are mineral deposits left on your tiles. Many homes and business in the Las Vegas Valley have such stains. These mineral deposit stains can appear just from turning on the sink or the shower while most other stains are caused by substances spilling on the floor. Because the dirt from your feet gets ground into the mineral deposits and stays there, making the stains look even grungier than before, which makes it all the worse when you step in the shower or tub. All you need is a roll of paper towels or cleaning cloths and a bottle of white vinegar to remove hard water stains from tile. Double up several paper towels, or use cleaning cloths, and saturate them with vinegar for starters. Place the saturated towels on the affected tiles next. For at least eight hours, leave them on the area. When you remove the towels, you should see a marked difference. If you still see a lot of mineral residues, repeat the process until the tiles look clean.
How to Get Rid of Rust Stains from Tile
Using diluted hydrogen peroxide am safely remove rust. In a spray bottle, combine together well 1 cup water with ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide. Use circular patterns to scrub clean with a soft bristled brush or sponge, saturate the stain well and in between applications. Rinse the treated area well with warm water to ensure the mixture and any residual rust is removed.
Caution – Since it is a natural lightening agent, hydrogen peroxide can potentially lighten your grout’s color. Be sure to perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure the grout’s color is not compromised, though this solution is diluted and should not cause any fading effects. Also, because the acid in vinegar might spoil the surface, do not apply vinegar to marble tiles or natural stone floor tiles without first making a test. Soak a cotton swab with vinegar and swipe it over a small, undetectable area on the tile, to make a surface test, then leave it for several hours. If the finish has been altered by the vinegar, rinse the tile.
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If you are having a problem with stains, or simply need a deep cleaning, or just needs sealant, polishing, or other maintenance needs, call in the professionals of Silver State Floor Restoration for services in Las Vegas, NV and surrounding areas.