How to Remove Stains from Stone Tile

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Stone tiles add beauty to your home whether they're on your floor, countertop or in the bathroom. Stone tiles are a natural surface, requiring extra care to prevent damage during regular cleaning, as well as during stain removal. Stains on your stone tile can alter the appearance of your tile with discoloration. You can remove stains from your stone tile using household supplies as well as supplies from the hardware store.

Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled water
  • Talcum powder
  • 12 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Rust remover
  • Plastic wrap
  • Masking tape
  • Sponge
  • Blot up as much of the stain on your stone tile as possible, using paper towels.

  • Combine ingredients to make a poultice to remove the stain from your stone tile. Begin by stacking two or three paper towels on top of one another.

  • Fold the paper towels so they will cover the stain and the surrounding area within 1/2 inch of the stain.

  • Use specific ingredients for the next layer of your poultice, depending upon the type of stain. For an oil-based stain, such as lotions, cooking oils or grease, pour baking soda on the wet paper towel to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Add a little more water, if necessary, to create a paste the consistency of peanut butter.

  • Use a talcum powder poultice for food and beverage stains. Sprinkle a thick layer of talcum powder onto the paper towels. Dampen the talc with 12 percent hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste.

  • Use hydrogen peroxide for biological stains. Saturate the paper towels with 12 percent hydrogen peroxide. Use for blood, urine and fecal stains.

  • Remove rust stains by spreading diatomaceous earth on the paper towel, then follow by dampening the poultice material with commercial rust remover. You can find both diatomaceous earth and rust remover at your local hardware store.

  • Dampen the stain on your stone tile with distilled water.

  • Lay the appropriate poultice over the stain on your stone tile.

  • Cover the poultice with plastic wrap and tape down the sides with masking tape. Allow the poultice to sit on the stain on your stone tile for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the severity of the stain. Begin to check the progress of the stain removal process after 24 hours.

  • Remove the poultice from your stone tile and wash the area with a clean sponge, dampened with distilled water. Dry the tile with paper towels.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always blot at a stain on your stone tile as wiping will spread the stain.

References

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