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post #1 of Old 01-23-2008, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Stained Ceramic Floor Tile

I recently installed black ceramic floor tile in my bath. Itís made to look like slate. I bought it instead of slate because itís supposed to be lower maintenance.
After the installation it looks like the contractor spilt some different things on it. In many places there are lighter gray spots. Iím not sure if these places are where gray color was added or black color was removed.
Any suggestions for cleaning products to try before I replace the tiles?
I Ďve already tried bleach, white vinegar, Acetone and Lacquer Thinner.
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post #2 of Old 01-24-2008, 10:06 AM
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Hey there & welcome,

My 2 cents would be to not use anything else on the floor until you get some expert advice on here. That's some pretty caustic stuff that has been put on the tiles that very well has caused further damage.

Have you contacted the contractor to come look at it? Any more info on the tiles' composition?

Good luck and sorry for the problem.
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Porcelain not ceramic

It turns out this is porcelain, not ceramic tile.

Maybe that makes a difference to someone out there?

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post #4 of Old 01-24-2008, 06:47 PM
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Email pictures to me. Posted pic is too smal. Several angles if possible with plenty of light.

I have an idea what it may be but need to see better pictures to know for sure.
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post #5 of Old 07-01-2008, 05:23 AM
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Oxygen bleach cleaners, such as Stain Solver, safely remove stains from ceramic tile. Oxygen bleach is non-toxic and kills mildew and other stains on ceramic tile without harming the tile. tis is the best way to go along .
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Hey George, did you figure this one out? Was it grout haze? That would have been my guess.

1st class, I'm not a big fan of using bleach on grout. Been doing this ten years and never had to. You run the risk of doing damage to the pigment over time. Not trying to be rude, just giving my experience.
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post #7 of Old 09-11-2008, 12:31 PM
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Couldn't make it out from the pics. May be grout haze or may just need rinsing with clear water several times.
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post #11 of Old 01-19-2009, 04:42 AM
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One way to distract people from the plain white is to take out tiles in a pattern and replace them with some colorful tiles that will draw people's attention from the main color. You can take out those tiles by using a hand grout saw to take off the grout surrounding the tiles you want to remove. Then smash those tiles in the center with a pointed centerpunch and a small hammer. Work your way out toward the edges of the smashed tile until you have cleared their entire square. That is where you are going to cement-in and grout the new colorful ones. It is time consuming but it will upgrade the floor and make people forget the basic off-white.

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Was it grouted with regular grout or epoxy grout? If it is regular grout, go to any tile store and get a grout haze remover. If it is epoxy grout, good luck...LOL
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I think you should consult a cleaning expert regarding your tile before replacing it...
It could cost you cheaper rather than replacing it.
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post #14 of Old 05-19-2009, 05:58 AM
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Clean your ceramic surface with a soft cloth or mop using pH neutral cleaning solution. Always wipe off any spills immediately as they happen. Never, ever clean this floor with vinegar, as you will destroy the finish. ceramic specific cleaning products are available for removing. I recommend you Lustro Italiano Cleaner and Polish which is specifically designed and PH balanced for Marble, Granite, and Dimensional Stone Surfaces. Compared to other polishes and cleaners, it creates a deeper longer lasting shine
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Originally Posted by 1stclasscleaningnyc View Post
Oxygen bleach cleaners, such as Stain Solver, safely remove stains from ceramic tile. Oxygen bleach is non-toxic and kills mildew and other stains on ceramic tile without harming the tile. tis is the best way to go along .
Thank's For Sharing This Tips to Cleanup Tiles,actually I have Use Many Products But I'm Not at all Satisfied with This,I'll Try this Oxygen Bleach Cleaner also Hope It'll Work Better.
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Again, have never had to use bleach or peroxide (oxygen bleach) to clean tiles, and do not recommend it. I have been cleaning tile and stone, restoring Saltillo and stone for ten years. If it is oil based, a degreaser will cut it. If it is calcium/lime buildbup, acid will do it because it will not damage porcelain in 95% of the cases. I'm guessing it is grout haze based on the fact that it is reletively new. A good grout haze remover will take care of this problem, coupled with a bit of elbow grease and an alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid, followed by a good rinse and seal. Bleach will do NOTHING in either case, oil or calcium. It will only create more problems with fading of pigment in the grout and furthering problems with haze, whether it be oxidation or a reaction causing efflourescence. If it is epoxy grout, you may need methylene chloride (paint stripper) to get it off. Very nasty stuff, but will work. Wear gloves, goggles, etc.

I realize this problem has probably been taken care of by now, but this is good info for all to read.


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post #17 of Old 01-05-2010, 09:09 PM
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The proper care of your tile floor will prevent damage, keep it looking beautiful and extend its life. Dirt and grime is your floors enemy #1. Invert in good floor mats and always remove your shoes. This will go very far at keeping out dirt, dust, sand and debris.
Your should always vacuum, sweep and dust mop your tile floors prior to mopping, otherwise the dirt will mix with the water and end up in the cracks and crevasses.
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You should generally only use warm water on your marble floors. Never, ever use vinegar on marble. The acid in vinegar damages, actually etches and removes the surface of the marble. After mopping, dry the floor with a cotton towel or use a sh-mop to remove the moisture and prevent water spots. Always dry your marble floors, they spot very easily.
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For Cleaning of your Ceramic Tiles u can use any soap, but if u want more powerful then I urge you to use a scrub brush to aggressively clean the tile. The best cleaner that I have ever used is Oxygen Bleach(mix with water). You apply solution and let it soak . Millions of oxygen bubbles attack the dirt. After a 10-minute wait, scrub the tile with excess oxygen-bleach solution and the tile looks like new. If you plan to also paint the grout, you must let the grout dry for at least 48 hours.
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post #19 of Old 07-02-2010, 03:10 AM
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Contact the contractor and apprise them of the situation. And ask for a solution to rectify the problem.

Do not ever try anything new on your own on the floor. As I can see that you've already some products but in vain, you should resort to a professional home cleaner for the right advise and solution.
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I have tried some cleaning mixture of water, ammonia and laundry detergent; it was effective. I have heard on diluted muriatic acid but safety precautions must be observed. You can dilute the acid into 60/40 acid/water solution.

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