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How to Remove Tile Stains

October 4, 2013


How to Remove Tile Stains


Tile floors create a near carefree base for a home with kids or pets. Or a pool! All that running in and out and muddy feet and accidents. It would just be too overwhelming on carpet. But TILE? Tile just shrugs its shoulders at these small disturbances and carries on. Sure, like any flooring, you still have to clean it … eventually. The joy of tile is that you don’t usually have to clean it ASAP. If it’s a busy week, or month in some of our cases, then tile floors give you the option to “get to it” when you can. Let’s face it, muddy feet on white carpet, versus tile, is no contest when it comes to floor cleaning.


I could wax eloquent on the benefits of tile over carpet. We had the white carpet in our house replaced with tile when we first moved to Fresno. I have never regretted that decision, although I must admit I would have chosen a different tile if I could do it over again. Live and learn. We’re stuck with it now. And I love it compared to the upkeep involved with carpet, especially white carpet underneath an active family of five and a small poodle.


Yet sometimes even tile can get stained. Accidents happen – like a seven year old spilling bright pink nail polish about three feet across the floor. Or a ten year old dripping her stubbed toe all the way to the kitchen sink. Or even a twelve year old marking outside the poster-board and getting black permanent marker on the tile. Not that any of these would happen in my household. Ha!


Lucky for me, I landed this awesome job with the best tile cleaner in Fresno! When accidents happen, I simply ask the boss. Well, now my luck can be your luck as well. It is time to pay the tile stain removal tricks forward. Remember to try all stain removal products in an inconspicuous area of your tile first. You never truly know what will harm your tile permanently. Here are a few tips to get you started:


Nail Polish: Remove as much of the nail polish as you can with paper towels. Then use nail polish remover to work the stain that is left. If it still has not come out completely, then dab it with hydrogen peroxide.


Blood: Use bleach diluted with water, or hydrogen peroxide, to dab the stain away.


Ink: Dunk a rag in bleach diluted with water and lay it over the stain. Let it sit for about an hour and then check to see if the stain is gone. If not, then keep the bleach rag there longer. When the stain is gone, then thoroughly rinse the area.


Coffee or Tea: Soak up as much liquid as you can with paper towels. Mix 1 teaspoon detergent with1 cup hot water and apply it to the stain. Blot and repeat. If the stain remains, then treat it with bleach diluted with water or hydrogen peroxide.


Grease: Pick up as much of the grease as possible with a paper towel. Use club soda to remove the stain.


A couple of non-standard tile stain removers rumored to work are paint thinner and lighter fluid. You’re on your own with these as they seem a bit hazardous. Try them at your own risk! :)


No matter how much upkeep and stain removal you do on your tile floor, at some point you have to call in the professionals. When that time comes, be sure to call the best tile cleaner in Fresno and Clovis, Aaron’s Quality Cleaners. He works miracles on tile and grout … and to my utter joy, I know that first hand!


Happy cleaning!


Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas.  She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.


Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.

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