Stubborn Tile Stains

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 10, 2009)

When it comes to stubborn tile stains, it pretty much doesn't matter where the stain comes from. All that a person really cares about is how to get rid of the stain! It can be extremely annoying to find yourself on your knees for what seems like hours, and end up not seeing any change in the stain. Well, here are a few sure fired ways to ensure that you are able to remove the most stubborn of tile stains. Keep in mind that each of these methods listed below will require some elbow grease, as well as a little time, in order to work.

  • Bar Keeper's Friend. Bar Keeper's Friend is a wonderful cleaner that is designed to work on a wide variety of surfaces, and is absolutely perfect to use to get out rust stains. There is one thing that you need to keep in mind when using Bar Keeper's Friend though, and that is it is mildly abrasive. When you use it on porcelain tile, do not press too hard, or you can end up damaging your tile. Bar Keeper's Friend can be purchased at most major grocery stores.
  • Lime-A-Way. Perhaps because it is a toilet bowl cleaner, Lime-A-Way will help remove just about any kind of stain. This wonderful cleaner will work just as well on acrylic bathtubs, porcelain toilet bowls, and the porcelain tile used in showers. The easiest way to use it is to simply spray it on the stain, allow it to sit for about five minutes, and then wash or wipe it away.
  • Baking Soda. Baking soda is one of the classic ways to remove stubborn stains from your tile. Simply make a poultice of baking soda and water, and then smear it onto the stain. Allow the mixture to dry out completely, and then using a soft cloth or sponge, scrub the stain away. This should remove just about any stain that may be on the tiles. It is possible to use a green scrubbie as well, but be careful when using one, since it is possible to damage your tile by scratching it.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Quickly becoming a new classic when it comes removing stains, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will remove almost all stains, from just about every type of surface. Simply follow the directions on the back of the box, and use like you would any other wet sponge. Depending on the type of stain, you may need to use some pressure, but you will be surprised at how quickly the stain will disappear.
  • Replacement. If you find that you cannot remove a tile stain no matter what method you attempt, there is really only one option left for you—replacement. Without a doubt, this is the single most expensive and dramatic solution for removing stubborn tile stains. While it may be expensive, keep in mind that this could be the perfect time to start your new remodeling project.

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Lee Wyatt

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