Archive for the ‘Cleaning Ceramic Tile’ Category

How can I drill a hole in a ceramic tile?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

I need to cut a circular hole in a ceramic tile big enough for a 15mm pipe. The tile is currently ‘not’ on the wall as I am chasing the plaster and brick to lay the pipes ready for the shower unit. Any ideas out there?


Hey,If you are drilling into softer tile, a regular carbide bit works fine. Do not use a hammer drill as the rapid vibrations can crack the tile. The trick is to use a slow drilling speed and carefully grind through the surface of the thin glaze. Once the bit gets into the softer core, the drill will rapidly cut through the softer fired clay.

Do not apply too much pressure when you first drill as the drill and bit can slip away from the marked point and scratch the tile. The worst mistakes you can make are cracking or scratching a tile. If that happens, it will be a considerable amount of work to replace the damaged tile(s). Be careful and proceed slowly as you drill.
Installing a towel bar or toilet-paper holder often requires drilling through glazed ceramic tile, which is no easy task. Use a carbide-tipped masonry bit; regular twist-drill bits can’t cut through the fire-hardened glaze. You’ll also need to keep the bit from slipping off the glossy surface.

The secret: Put two strips of masking tape onto the tile in an X pattern as shown above. Then drill through the tape — you’ll feel the bit grind as it goes through the glazing. Drill through the tile and into the drywall or backer board. Just be sure to lighten pressure at the end to ensure a clean hole at the rear of the drywall or backer board to accommodate a hollow-wall fastener.
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Who do i call to check out water leakage from my kitchen ceramic tile floors?

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

I just noticed that on the floor near our sink/dishwater, water is coming up from the ceramic tile floor. when i wipe it and clean it up, water comes up. Who do i call to fix it? a plumber for the leak, but who do i call for the floors to make sure there is no mold.

The plummer would be a good place to start, go from there and see what kind of damage has been done.

quick cleaning ceramic tile floors?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

the house i just bought has large ceramic tile flooring in every room (2200 sq ft). what is an easy and effective cleaning method that doesn’t require me scrubbing on my hands and knees for hours each week? are there any machines that have been effective?

Yes, they are called rugs.

How can I repair a scratch on ceramic tile made with a carbide drill bit?

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

While doing some bathroom renovations, I scratched my ceramic tile with the carbide drill bit I was using to drill through it. What can I do to remove the scratch? I’ve already tried acetone, rubbing alcohol, abrasive bleach cleaner (Comet), and numerous rags, pads, toothbrushes, etc. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

Your best off to just replace the tile all together. A carbide bit scratch is deeper than you can repair. If you get a carbide grout cutter for a moto tool, just scribe out the grout around the tile, then whack it with a hammer, use a putty knife to clean the glue out and then butter up a new tile and re set it. Grout with care around the adjoining tiles to keep the color matching., Masking tape works if your worried.

How can I remove a messy adhesive from my ceramic tile?

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Some people I hired tried to use the liquid nails adhesive to attach a tub surround to my bathroom walls, which are covered by ceramic tile. It didn’t work now I have to figure out how to clean all of that adhesive off of the tile. Does anyone know of a solvent that might work?

I would try the baby oil method the oil needs to be applied and left to soak a while then try a brillo pad but don’t press had on the surface to avoid scratching the tile I use baby oil on lockers that had dried glue from tape on them it breaks up the glue or you can soak it and try to gently scrap it off with a putty knife if for some reason this doesn’t work you can also try liquid downy it is used to take off old wall paper it might work, there also a product in a spray can that takes glue and gum out of carpets that might work if none of these works try paint thinner or gasoline or turpentine but make sure it is vented and not a close space because of the fumes. None of these should harm the surface other than pressing to hard with the brillo pad or putty knife so use caution if you use these items

How to clean a badly stained stainless steel sink?

Monday, January 21st, 2013

During renovation works, the workers installed a new stainless steel kitchen sink. But during the construction, they also used the sink to wash up.

Now the sink is dull and stained. They used it for washing up cement, grouting, who knows what else, and even some acid used for cleaning up the ceramic tiles.

How can I restore the original shine to the sink? Already tried vinyl scouring pads and detergent but it doesn’t help

First, if grouts, mortar mix, thinset & sheetrock mud has been dumped down your sink, you might want to remove the p-trap & see if you have a build-up in the bottom. If I catch any of my personnel pouring any of that down a customer’s drain, they clean it out on their time or replace it at their cost.

Next, muratic acid (hydrochloric acid) is used to clean grout & mortar from tile & stonework & muratic acid will etch and discolor stainless steel. There are any number of grades of stainless steel & discoloration/staining can vary from mild to severe & possibly cleanable to to no hope scenarios.

Finally, many environmental agencies and/or water departments prohibit pouring these substances down the drain.

Having said all of that, I would put the contractor on the line for a sink replacement. It was his/her responsibility to deliver a new, undamaged sink to you.

The sand & grits in the grouts & mortars will scratch the SS & may not be removable without grinding, with the same being true of the acid stains.

If you want to try to clean it, here is a formula that might or might not work:

Ketchup – 1/2 cup
Vinegar – 2TBS
Salt – 1-2 TBS

Mix, spread paste on stain & let stand 30-45 minutes & repeat if necessary.

You can also try using lemon & salt. Cut the lemon in half, dip the cut face in the salt & scrub the stained area.

Good luck…

How can I repair a scratch on ceramic tile made with a carbide drill bit?

Friday, January 18th, 2013

While doing some bathroom renovations, I scratched my ceramic tile with the carbide drill bit I was using to drill through it. What can I do to remove the scratch? I’ve already tried acetone, rubbing alcohol, abrasive bleach cleaner (Comet), and numerous rags, pads, toothbrushes, etc. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

Okay, if you have broken the glaze to the tile you need to replace the tile. Now if you have just scarred it with discoloration, then all is not lost. Go to your local hardware store and look for a "Pumas Stone" This is as it sounds, a piece of volcanic rock shaped into a rectangle. A pumas stone is used to clean commodes and virtuose China IE: Porcelain. We use it on tubs, tiles sinks commodes and any other surface that is made of glass type surface or tile. If you have scored the tile, then get a grout saw, carefully cut the grout around the tile and remove it. Take the piece to your home improvement center and match it up. a little adhesive and grout and you are good as new. Might take you an hour or two but is is worth it.

what adhesive can be used to glue vinyl tile to ceramic tile?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

my white ceramic tile is hard to keep clean, I am trying to cover it with vinyl tile. The adhesive on the back of the vinyl tile will not stick to the ceramic tile.

Bob C is correct. I am a tile contractor. I would never recommend putting vinyl over tile. It simply will not stick, nor will it look good in 6 months.

Is it the tile or the grout that is dirty? Unless the tile is very very worn (as in scuffed so the ceramic glaze is missing), it should clean quite easily. Grout joints can be bleached, then sealed with a clear sealer.

In very bad cases, grout can be removed and re-applied to the joints, then sealed.

What products can I use to keep a hi gloss shine on a new ceramic tile floor?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

The ceramic tile is in our main entryway, high traffic, I don’t know what to use to keep that beautiful shine. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

If this tile had a shine when you bought it and it is a glazed or polished finish don’t put anything on it! It will maintain that level of shine without surface treatments. It’s designed and engineered to. If you put something on top it will not adhere well and will walk off(wear off) in the traffic areas. Use a low pH/non acidic cleaner made for ceramic tile and it will maintain this same look for the life time of the floor. If you choose to wax the floor you are really only creating work for yourself and over time the floor will not look good and be harder to maintain due to wax buildup. Do be sure however to seal the grout.

What do you use to seal a ceramic tile kitchen countertop?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

I have a new condo that has shiny white ceramic tile with white grout–I want to keep it clean. The information from the builder says "to apply a sealer after 30 days" but does not say what type. Has anyone done this? What did you use? Is it hard to do? Thanks for your help!

Home Depot and Lowes will have the sealer you are looking for. It’s very easy to apply with the built in applicator with some brands provide. Most brands come with very easy to follow instructions. Good Luck!!