Flooring tiles are long lasting, comfortable, durable and easy to clean. Unfortunately, everyday wear and tear on your tiles can cause stubborn stains, making it difficult to remove. Busy homeowners and working professionals may not have enough time to sweep or mop the floor daily. If lacking maintenance has left you with set- in hard stains on your beautiful tile flooring, follow these simple directions to remove stains and help preserve its aesthetics and durability.
Here is the simple procedure to get rid of stains on your flooring-
Blood- Try wiping up the stain with a sponge dipped in cool water. If the stain still persists, wash or brush the area with a solution of hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach. Rinse the entire area well and let it dry.
Coffee, tea or juice- Any spill should be cleaned the minute you notice. Blot the spills will a clean rag or paper towel. Firstly, you should blot the stain instead of wiping, because it may spread over a larger area, making a messy floor. Use cold water or dish washer soap or neutral cleaner to remove coffee stains. Rinse the area several times. If the stain still persists, a chemical poultice has to be applied i.e. hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach should be used all over again on the stain.
Gum, wax or tar- Place ice cubes in a plastic bag and let it sit on the damaged area for some time. Once the material harden, remove as much as possible with a crafts stick. At last, remove the remaining stains with non- flammable paint thinner.
Grease or fat base stains- Clean the stain with a mixture of club or washing soda and water. Leave the mixture on the stain for five minutes and then rinse it away.
Ink or dye- Soak a clean cloth in diluted bleach and place it over the stain. Blot the ink stain by pressing firmly on it. Use a new cloth each time you blot to avoid scattering of the ink. Let the cloth stay in place until the stain disappears. Lastly, rinse the tile floor with plain water.
Nail Polish- Remove the excess as soon as possible. With a cloth dipped in acetone or hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach; wipe the area until no more can be picked. Wash the area using a soft- bristled brush with a solution of washing soda/ detergent and water. Rinse the area with clean water and allow it to dry.
- While using chemicals like detergents/ chemical solutions do follow the instructions on the products as they contain caustic ingredients which may result in damage of your floor.
- Wear gloves and eye wear while using chemicals just to be careful as they are highly toxic.