Nothing is unappealing to the eye as stained tiles. They
make visits to the toilet or bathroom uncomfortable. You
have probably experienced this problem and it can be
annoying and can cause you great embarrassment if you have
visitors around. You probably never noticed the stains
forming. This is because tiles stain slowly over a period of
time and before you notice it, they have changed their
color. You try to salvage them by scrubbing them but the
results are not impressive. Then finally you have toilet
tiles that have changed color and are stained. Staining will
obviously cause an expected reaction from you- scrubbing,
scrubbing and more scrubbing. If this does not work then the
next thing that may cross your mind is to replace the tiles.
Replacing them is not a bad idea but you should keep in mind
that the procedure is quite costly.
You do not have to scrub hard in order to get rid of the
stains. There are products available that can help you get
rid of the stains with minimal effort. Good news is that
some of the products are available right in your home. All
you need to do is mix these products and have your toilet
tiles looking all new again.
Before you learn of the ways to remove the stains, it is
important to know how the stains come into existence. This
is important because it will help you understand what causes
the stains to form and how to prevent the stains from
forming. Tile stains form because people let wet bathroom
floors dry by themselves. Water and lime scale mix with dirt
particles that are available in the air and perhaps some
soap too that may be available in the water. When this
combination is left to dry off by itself over time, the
tiles become stained. The most common problems which affect
- Hard Water Spots
- Mold and Mildew
- Soap Residue
With the knowledge of how the stains are formed, the next
thing is to look at how you can solve the issue of stained
tiles. The first and most obvious solution is to always make
sure you wipe the tiles often. This is a solution that is
meant to prevent the tiles from staining. Make it a habit of
wiping or cleaning the tiles every now and then to prevent
staining. Regular wiping helps remove any traces of water
which plays a big role in the staining process. You can
begin by wiping the tile with a rag. If this does not give
satisfying results, try using a brush.
As mentioned before, there are different products you can
use to remove stubborn stains that have formed on the tiles.
It is always advisable to first test any product you intend
to use on the tiles. You can test in on a small
inconspicuous area of a tile. This is done to protect the
surface of the tiles. There are products that can be harsh
on the tiles and affect them. Testing the product on a small
area will help you know if the product is safe to use on the
Products that are used in removal of stubborn stains from
toilet tiles can be categorized into two. Those readily
available at home and those that are purchased for the
purpose of stain removal. The ones that are available in our
homes include; Vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and
chlorine bleach. These are used to create do-it-yourself
solutions that help in tiles stain removal.
The different ways one can use to remove stains from tiles
1. Steam cleaning the bathroom
Steam cleaning is also an effective way of cleaning tiles.
It works by heating the tiles with a steam cleaner. This
helps in opening up the pores in the tiles surface and
releases the tightly held muck. Apply steam to the surface
of the tiles and using a clean cloth, wipe off the dirt.
2. Do-it-Yourself solutions
Vinegar has for long been used in homes for a wide range of
solutions. It should not come as a surprise when you learn
that it can be used for toilet stain removal.
For a solution to clean tiles, mix:
- 2 cups plain white vinegar
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent
Start by loosening dirt in the area you want to clean. Use a
soft brush and rinse the area with some clean warm water.
Spray the area with the cleaning solution and leave it for
15 minutes. Use a clean soft brush or a tooth brush to clean
the surface. This solution cuts through grease, scum, soap
and other stains and leaves no residue.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very effective way to clean different
surfaces in the home. It has extra cleaning power that will
help in tile stains.
Make a paste using:
- ¼ cup household strength (3%) hydrogen peroxide
- cup of baking soda
- 1 tbs. liquid shampoo or dish soap.
Take note to make just enough of the solution because it
loses its effectiveness quickly. Use a soft brush to apply
the solution on the stained tiles. For the cracks and
crevasses in the grout, use an old toothbrush to apply. Let
the mixture sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the area
with warm or hot water. Use a clean rag to pick up any
residue that may have been left on the tiles.
Bleach generally is a great stain remover. It leaves things
white and bright. When using bleach, make sure to air the
area to avoid breathing any vapors.
For this solution, you will need:
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup of bleach
- 1 tbs. shampoo
Spray the solution on the tiles surface and let it sit for
15 minutes. This allows the solution to remove deep stains.
Wipe down the tiles with a clean cloth. Next, rinse the area
well to remove all traces of bleach.
3. Off the shelf cleaning products
At times, making your own cleaning solution may seem too
complicated. This is where specialist products come in
handy. They are readily available and make your work much
easier. They serve the same purpose as the do-it-yourself
solutions and are equally effective. When using these
products, always remember to follow the instructions
provided and to use the product in a well ventilated area.
Some key things to consider when using these products
- Always have some rubber gloves on when using the products
- Open up the tiles pores by running the shower on a high
temperature before applying the product.
- Always test the product on a small area before starting to