Cleaning surfaces at home is never an easy job especially if there are many people living in a home.
Luckily, some types of surfaces such as those covered with ceramic and porcelain tiles make the work of cleaning easier and less tedious.
However, not all stains equal aren’t the same. Some are definitely harder to remove than others.
Tough stains can put you in a difficult position when the stains refuse to come out regardless of what you do.
Tough stains need more than just your ordinary cleaning detergents and some scrubbing to get rid off.
You need some special cleaning supplies and tools in order to completely remove tough stains from tiled surfaces.
Depending on the kind of stains you are removing, you may need some or even all of the below items:
Before using any of the above-listed cleaning supplies, it’s important to first try using conventional methods of removing stains from tiled surfaces.
If ordinary cleaning methods don’t do the trick, you can move on to other more comprehensive cleaning methods.
Something to note however is that you should always check the tile manufacturer’s product specifications and maintenance instructions before trying any intense stain removal method.
Some cleaning methods may end up damaging your tiles which is something you don’t want to happen.
You should exercise caution when using cleaning supplies such as vinegar as they can cause irreparable damage to floors.
Here are some common types of stains you may come across and how to deal with them.
1. Wine, Fruit, Tea and Coffee Stains
For wine, fruit, tea and coffee stains, you should use a mixture of hot water and club soda.
Apply this mixture on the stained surface and use a toothbrush to gently scrub off the stain.
2. Permanent Marker and Ink Stains
Permanent marker and ink stains are some really stubborn stains that can give you a lot of problems if you don’t know how to properly deal with them.
The best way to remove this type of stains is by using diluted bleach. For tiled surfaces, you should mix 3/4 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water.
If the stain is not too big, you can reduce the amount of water and use just a few drops of bleach.
Using a cloth, apply the diluted bleach solution on the stain and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes.
Next, spray some warm water on the area and then wipe the stain off until it’s gone.
3. Blood Stains
Bloodstains are another tough type of stain to remove from tiled stains.
With bloodstains, you may need to wear some gloves in order to protect yourself from contracting any infections.
To remove blood stains, mix 10 cups of warm water with 1 cup of bleach. Pour the solution onto the stained area or use a spray bottle instead.
Leave for a few minutes and then wipe the area with paper towels or a piece of cloth.
Repeat this process again but this time let the solution remain on the stained surface for longer for maximum disinfection.
Lastly wipe the area to remove any spots of blood that may still be apparent.
4. Other Stains
There are other stains you may come across such as wax, tar and gum stains.
You can remove these stains using a silicone-tipped stick or wooden craft stick. These tools should remove these stains without damaging the tiles.
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