Removing Stains From Porcelain Tiles
Porcelain tiles are fired at a very high temperature to enable a hard wearing and stain resistant
finish. But, accidents do happen. Although lighter fluid remove most of the stubborn stains from
porcelain tiles, here are a few examples of stains and other floor hazards and the ways to clean
Coffee: Dip a damp cloth in a mixture of water and baking soda and scrub
over the stain.
Fruit Juice/Tea: Wash the area with a solution of 1 tablespoon Trisodium phosphate and 1
quart (2 pints) hot water. Rinse with water and than wash with a solution of 3 tablespoons
laundry bleach in 1 quart of warm water.
Grease: Use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the affected area with a strong solution of household
detergent or a solution made of Trisodium phosphate and very hot water.
Hard Water Scum: A solution of non-precipitating water softener or baking soda in warm
water can remove soap scum and soil.
Mildew: Mix 1 cup laundry bleach with 1 quart (2 pints) water and apply with a sponge. If
the mildew remains, use a commercial mildew remover that contains sodium hypochlorite and
sodium carbonate. Wear gloves and keep the room well-ventilated.
Oil: Mix a thick paste of household scouring powder and water. Apply the paste to the stain
and allow it to stand overnight. Clean it later and dry as well.
Paint: Remove fresh oil-based paint with a cloth dipped in turpentine or paint thinner. For
fresh water-based paint use a cloth dampened with warm water and mild household detergent;
such as dishwashing liquid. Scrub the area with a soft-bristled brush.
Shoe Markings: Scuff marks by shoe heal and rubber burns by sneakers can be cleaned by
mopping the floors with a cloth dipped in neutral floor cleaner diluted at one ounce per gallon
PRECAUTIONS and SAFETY MEASURES:
Test scouring powders on a small area or a sample tile before starting the
Use only the recommended dilution of detergent. Higher concentration of detergent in
the cleaning solution may make it difficult to rinse.
Allow the detergent solution to stand on the effected area to act on the soil load. Usually
5-10 minutes is sufficient.
Scrub with a nylon pad or a bristle brush.
Rinse thoroughly with clean, clear water to remove the dirty detergent solution and
stain. Clear the rinse water with a dry mop. If dirty detergent solution is not removed and
is allowed to dry on the surface, a coating will form which is very difficult