How to Remove Yellow Stains From Floor Tile

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Things You'll Need

  • Broom

  • 2 clean mop pails

  • 1 gallon hot water

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1 gallon warm water

  • Sponge mop

  • Clean cotton cloth

  • Clean terry cloth towels

Remove yellow stains to maintain a tile floor.

Tile floors are recognized for their durability, numerous designs and aesthetic appeal. Ceramic, quarried rock and glass are some common tile materials. Although floor tiles are simple to maintain, mopping them with improper solutions can mar their appearance. Cleaning products containing wax can produce yellow stains and discoloration on floor tiles. Stripping tiles of unsightly wax buildup restores their natural shine and preserves their beauty. Fortunately, basic solutions can effectively remove yellow stains from floor tiles.


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Step 1

Sweep the floor with a broom to remove loose dirt, dust and grime particles.

Step 2

Fill a clean mop pail with 1 gallon of hot water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the hot water. Thoroughly mix the solution to dissolve the vinegar.

Step 3

Fill another clean mop pail with 1 gallon of warm water, for rinsing.

Step 4

Dampen a sponge mop in the vinegar solution. Scrub an affected tile with the mop until the yellow stains are completely removed.


Step 5

Dampen clean cotton cloth in the warm rinse water. Wipe the tile with the warm water to rinse away the vinegar solution and wax residue.

Step 6

Clean the remaining stained tiles using the same process. Focus on one tile at a time. Frequently refill the vinegar solution to prevent reapplying dirty water to the floor.

Step 7

Wipe all tiles with clean terry cloth towels until the floor is completely dry.


You can substitute a vacuum cleaner for the broom.

You can substitute 1/4 cup of household ammonia for the white vinegar.