How to Remove Tough Dirt Stains From Tile

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Tough dirt stains on your tile floor require abrasive cleaning. The "Complete Household Handbook" by Good Housekeeping states that white vinegar and an abrasive scrubbing pad prove effective, and the vinegar is an all-natural alternative to chemical products. If the dirt stains remain after using natural cleaning products, bleach is an option. As with any cleaning job, wear old clothing to protect your skin when working with bleach or any highly potent cleanser.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Medium bowl
  • Scrubbing pad
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Liquid chlorine bleach

Natural Cleaning

  • Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 4 cups hot water in a medium-sized bowl.

  • Submerge the scrubbing pad in the solution, then scrub the pad against the tile to remove the tough dirt stains.

  • Soak a cleaning cloth in hot water and rinse off the tile to remove the cleaning solution. Buff the tile with a dry cleaning cloth to reduce streaks.

Chemical Cleaning

  • Pour 1/4 cup liquid chlorine bleach into a medium bowl, then add 6 cups of water to dilute the cleanser.

  • Mix the ingredients, then soak the scrubbing pad in the solution.

  • Scrub the tile in a circular motion to remove the tough dirt stains. Rinse the tile with hot water to remove the cleaning solution.

  • Air out the room for one to two hours by opening a window or turning on a fan.

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