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Removing Stains from ceramic Tile

One of the regular complaints about tile flooring is stains occurring due to kitchen mishaps. These stains can sometimes penetrate the porous finish and become quite difficult to remove. Usually, bleach and other oxidants are used in these cases to remove these deep and tough stains. But in the case of deeply saturated stains and hard water marks, bleach doesn't always work. Consider these options as well:

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Steam Cleaning (for flooring)

There is an alternate means of removing stains from tile � Diluted Muriatic Acid. Muriatic acid has been regularly used by professionals for decades to treat and remove various types of tough stains from tile and stone surfaces. When used in domestic locations, it is necessary to ventilate the area and to be very careful with this acidic agent. Heavy gloves, eye protection, and mask must be used. Dilute the acid to a 60% acid and 40% water solution. Apply the mixture and scrub the area with a toothbrush or a soft bristle brush. Once the stain is removed, quickly wash the area and discard the remaining mixture in a safe and proper manner.

Replacing the Grout

If a persistent stain appears in your grout, you can try removing it by following the same steps mentioned above. However, for grout stains that can�t be removed with a regular procedure, removal of grout from that particular area is recommended. This can be done quickly and effectively by using a small grout remover, which can be bought from any home improvement store.

When the stained grout has been removed, there will be a space that needs to be filled. You can take a grout sample to one of your local stores and try to get the closest match. Once you have the material, pour the dry mixture in the cavity you have created. If the color matches to your liking, vacuum the dry mixture out. Make a small batch of grout by following the directions provided on the box. Use a gloved finger to firmly apply the grout to the damaged area. Wipe the area with a clean and damp sponge.

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