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How to Remove Stains From Tile Floors

One of the best ways to maintain your tile floors is through use of preventative maintenance. That will assure a long-lasting floor that remains attractive. Wipe up spills immediately, and don't drag chairs or heavy objects across the surface of the tile.

Clean tile floors often to keep them looking good.

One of the best ways to maintain your tile floors is through use of preventative maintenance. That will assure a long-lasting floor that remains attractive. Wipe up spills immediately, and don't drag chairs or heavy objects across the surface of the tile. With just a few of these precautions along with regular cleaning, you should be able to enjoy your tiled floors for years.

  1. Mop tile floors on a regular weekly basis with plain water to keep them clean. For especially dirty tile, add a small amount of liquid dish detergent to remove stains. Change the water in the bucket when it becomes dirty. Refresh the water, add liquid dish detergent if desired and repeat the process.

  2. Remove stubborn stains with a poultice. Combine about 1 tsp. of cornstarch with 1/2 tsp. of water and make a paste. Apply the paste to the stained area. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit until dry. Remove the paste with a wet sponge and see if the stain is gone. If not, repeat the poultice process until the stain has disappeared.

  3. Erase stubborn black stains left by shoes with a simple school eraser. Run the eraser over the marked area. Repeat until the stain is gone.

  4. Tip

    Avoid using abrasive products or scrub pads on tile floors, as these can mar the surface and cause scratching. Avoid the use of excess detergents on tile floors, as too much of any cleaner can cause the tile to look dull and cloudy.

About the Author

Valery Elias has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has appeared in the "Savannah Business Journal," and she has experience as an independent secretarial contractor, proofreader and executive sales assistant for Fortune 500 companies. Elias has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American literature from the University of South Florida-Tampa.