How to Clean Stone Bathroom Tile

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Natural stone tile is a floor covering that is strong enough to provide many years of enjoyment. The floor in the bathroom in your home is a high-traffic area that will often become soiled. Stone tile is a durable choice for bathroom floor covering. With proper care, it can last a lifetime. Stone tile requires occasional scrubbing to remove build-up. Routine cleaning will help maintain its natural beauty.

Things You'll Need

  • Dry cloth
  • Stiff broom
  • Mild dishwashing liquid or detergent
  • Water
  • Clean towel or dry mop
  • Soft brush
  • Alkaline cleaner
  • Phosphoric or sulfamic acid

Routine Cleaning

  • Remove spills and dirt from stone tile as soon as possible. Blot spills with a clean, dry cloth. Remove dirt by sweeping the tile with a stiff broom.

  • Clean the tile with a mild dishwashing liquid or detergent. Rinse well with water to remove cleaner and dry with a clean towel or dry mop.

  • Remove dirt and debris from grout with a soft, damp brush and mild detergent. Rinse well with water and remove remaining water with a dry mop or clean towel.

Deep Cleaning

  • Cover the surface with a mild cleanser and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a soft, damp brush to remove dirt and debris from the tile and grout. Rinse well. Proceed to step two for tougher stains.

  • Clean the stone tile with an alkaline cleaner and a soft brush. Rinse well to remove cleaner. If stain persists, proceed to step three.

  • Apply phosphoric or sulfamic acid to the stained area. This will etch the polished surface on sandstone, marble and travertine. Rinse thoroughly. Ensure that all acid is removed from the surface of the tile. Dry with a clean towel or dry mop. The use of acid should be a last resort.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stone tile that does not have a polished surface will need to be scrubbed more often. Apply a sealer to eliminate the need for frequent scrubbing.
  • Purchase a polishing kit to polish and repair areas damaged by chemical cleaners.

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