How to Remove Stains From Tile and Grout

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Hard-surface flooring like tile is favored in many households, not only for its beauty, but for the easy care and maintenance it affords. It's easy to clean tile and grout daily with a broom or vacuum. But certain types of spills and stains can become a bother if you don't treat them properly. Here are a variety of ways to treat that different stains that may occur.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrub brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloth
  • Nail-polish remover
  • Bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish detergent
  • Ice cubes
  • Zip-style baggies
  • Craft stick
  • Nonflammable paint thinner
  • Club soda
  • Scrub stained grout with a small brush dipped in a strong solution made up of 3/4 cup bleach and 1 gallon of water. A toothbrush works well. To avoid scratching the grout away, don't scrub too hard.

  • Dab blood-stained tiles with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach.

  • Use hot water and detergent to wash away coffee, tea or juice. Blot with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach if necessary.

  • Freeze the area to remove gum, wax and tar. You can do this easily by putting ice cubes in a zip-style bag and laying it over the stained area. When the material solidifies, use a craft stick to scrape away as much of the substance as possible. Blot the remaining residue with nonflammable paint thinner.

  • Wash away grease and fat-based stains with club soda and water.

  • Soak a cloth in diluted bleach and lay it on top of ink and dye stains until the stain is lifted.

  • Scrub iodine with diluted ammonia and be sure to rinse well. Scrub Mercurochrome with diluted beach.

  • Dissolve nail-polish stains on tile with nail-polish remover. If a little bit of the stain is left behind, dab it with hydrogen peroxide or diluted bleach.

Tips & Warnings

  • If grout becomes too heavily stained, the best thing to do is to remove it. Buy or rent a grout-removal tool and run it carefully along the grout, being careful not to scratch the surrounding tiles.
  • Wear safety goggles when cleaning and scrubbing with bleach and other strong household agents, to avoid being splattered in the eye.
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