How to Remove Color Enhancer From Tile


Tile color enhancers or topical sealants ideally bring out the natural colors of tile. The variety of brands is endless and some offer disappointing results. Uneven coloration and streaking make a floor look dirty and worn. Bad results are removable using a heavy-duty floor stripper and a lot of scrubbing. Following removal of the color enhancer, the tile can be prepared to accept a different type of topical sealant or color enhancing product. Give the floor a second chance to have the beautiful finish you intended.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty floor stripper
  • Scrub brush
  • Towels
  • Bucket
  • Sulfamic acid crystals
  • Spray bottle
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Mop

Removing the Color Enhancer

  • Pour a small amount of full-strength, heavy-duty floor stripper onto the tile floor. Divide the floor into small sections and complete one small section at a time. This type of product is available at all home improvement centers. Follow the label instructions for exact amount needed.

  • Scrub the stripper product vigorously over the tile and grout. Let the liquid sit for 15 minutes and then wipe up the product with a towel.

  • Rinse with clear water and let the area dry. Move to the next area and repeat the stripping and rinsing process over the entire tiled floor. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the floor to completely dry.

Prepare the Surface for a Different Product

  • Mix ¾ of a cup of sulfamic acid crystals with a gallon of water. Stir well to dissolve the crystals completely.

  • Spray clear water on small areas using a spray bottle. Apply the sulfamic acid crystal solution and scrub with a stiff-bristle brush. Scrub each section for roughly 5 minutes.

  • Use a wet/dry vacuum cleaner to vacuum up the sulfamic acid solution. Rinse each area with a damp towel. Use this process for the entire tile floor.

  • Mix ¼ of a cup of baking soda with a gallon of warm water and damp mop the entire floor with this mixture. This will deactivate any remaining acid and prepare the floor for application of a different color enhancer or topical sealant.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not allow the stripping agent to dry on the floor.
  • Keep the area well ventilated. Use gloves and safety glasses when working with these chemicals. Experts advise checking whether the color enhancer used was a solvent or water based product. Solvent based enhancers need to be removed with solvent based strippers and water based enhancers need removed with water based strippers.

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