Archive for the ‘Cleaning Ceramic Tile’ Category

How can I remove carpet tape from ceramic tile?

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

The bathroom in the house we recently moved into had carpet. The toilet overflowed and required me to pull up some of the carpet. I realized that there is 1" ceramic tile under it and would like to completely remove the carpet and clean up the tile. How do you get rid of the double sided carpet tape from off the ceramic? the tape is brown and hard and no longer holds the carpet. The ceramic is white, but has been made dingy from years of having the carpet over it. What kinds of chemicals/tools would work best , as I would like to keep the tile and make it look new again.

first for getting the tape off, try goo gone. it is a solvent that should loosen the tape. you may even have to scrape a little but the goo gone will help it not be such a difficult job. for the cleaning there are several things i would try. bleach solution, vinegar, ammonia. but try them separately and see which one works the best. use a brush for the grout and a scrubbie for the tile. it will be a big job but it will be worth it when you finish. good luck and have fun.

How to save our ceramic tile floor after it was accidently stripped?

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Ok so my 17 year old SIL decided to clean the grout in our entry way using STRAIGHT bleach last night. I came home to find the ceramic tile COVERED in bleach!! Now, after mopping several times I still haven’t been able to get all the bleach up AND our tiles are stripped!!! Any tips on getting the bleach up and then resealing? Total novice here and desperate for any kind of help!! Thanks!!


A Steam Floor Mop will work well on the floor to remove bleach residue. Steam Floor Mops are an excellent way to clean floors. But I would recommend rinsing the floor before you make the investment in a steam floor mop with plain water. Rinse it several times each time picking up the water and them starting with fresh water. Repeat three to four times. As far as recoating the floor, consult someone at Home Depot or Lowes and they will help pick out the right seal or floor finish for the specific type of floor tile you want to coat. Remember, that you might need to allow the floor to dry out completely after rinsing. You can also use fans to help speed up the drying.

I have been in the cleaning business for over 30 years and I recently discovered a website dedicated to cleaning all types of floors including laminate floors. You might want to check this website out, it is free of charge and loaded with a ton of information including floor finishing, and cleaning and maintenance of all types of floors and grout. Good Luck and I hope this helps solve your problem.

I am looking for a good electric mop or floor steamer for my ceramic tile floors, any help?

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I am looking for something to clean my huge kitchen/living area with. My floors are ceramic tile. I have a 1 year old and the messes are constant. I am tired of getting down on my hands and knees and scrubbing this HUGE floor.

Is there anything that has rotating bristles or something that would simulate me scrubbing the floor? If not, is there a REALLY good steamer that you would recommend? I need something that I can push along the floor easily but also something that cleans my floor really well. The Swiffer Wet Jet doesn’t do what I need it to do. Any help?

Here’s a web site with some cleaners….Good Luck!

How to remove stain in my bath tub caused by bleaching water?

Friday, December 28th, 2012

I used diluted (1:50) bleaching water to clean my ceramic tile wall and bathtub. When the bleaching water ran through the water tap (attached to the wall) it turned dark purple (almost black) and caused stain in the white bath tub which can’t be removed. Anything which can remove the stain please?

I found that that "the Works" toilet bowl cleaner can remove ANYTHING. Powerful stuff though, so ventelate well and use rubber gloves.

How to save my ceramic tile after its been stripped with bleach?

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

Ok so my 17 year old SIL decided to clean the grout in our entry way using STRAIGHT bleach last night. I came home to find the ceramic tile COVERED in bleach!! Now, after mopping several times I still haven’t been able to get all the bleach up AND our tiles are stripped!!! Any tips on getting the bleach up and then resealing? Total novice here and desperate for any kind of help!! Thanks!!

ceramic tile paint is available from d.i.y. stores also a laquer to keep them looking good after painting

What is the best steam machine/upright for floors and furniture??

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

i want something that will clean my ceramic tile, my carpet and my microfiber couches-IN ONE MACHINE…i have looked at a hoover steam cleaner (because i love floormate but need a new one so i want a steam cleaner)…is dirt devil any good? how about bissell – tell me your experiences and what helps you the most in these appliances

We bought a Hoover steam cleaner 5 years ago, and it works fantastic. We have two dogs (basset hounds) and wanted to keep the carpets clean without having to pay someone every few months to come do it. I just took mine in to have it serviced for the first time, and the local vacuum store where I took it to have serviced said it was the absolute best on the market. It comes with a cleaning attachment so you can clean small spots or furniture if you need to. I recommend it.

How do you clean paint of a ceramic tile floor?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The majority of my house is ceramic tile and apparently the old owner did not beleive in using masking tape or tarps when he painted. Because of this, there’s a ton of little paint spots and splats all over the floor from repainting. Does anyone know a good way to get all of these spots up without damaging the tile?

Thank you!
the problem is its little spots all over, not just here and there…so a razor wont work because I would have to razor my entire floor….

Use a liquid paint remover (two applications) and then any little that is left use a straight edged razor blade (provided the tiles are smooth) and that will take off any excess. Should work fine.

Is there a specific cleaner to use for ceramic tiles?

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

I have ceramic tile flooring in my bathroom and kitchen, plus my shower and the back splash in my kitchen. I know I can get a stone enhancer for the back splash, as it just needs a little oommph, but my floor in the bathroom and the shower need cleaning. Is there a certain kind that is better? Or is their a "recipe" I can make at home to clean them?

Vinegar and a good scrub brush will clean tile and grout well, you can also pour some straight bleach on it to get the mildew and mold off the grout. Either way, you’re going to be scrubbing pretty hard, depending on how much dirt has built up on it.

Give it a few days to dry, and then get some grout sealer- if the grout is mildewed and nasty, it’s not properly sealed.

How to get rid of dog urine smell in the house with tile flooring but no carpeting?

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Previous tenants had two big dogs. The problem is the worst in the kitchen where a lot of wooden cabinets are. But somehow the whole house smells like dog urine. Even though upon moving in the landlord painted the walls and cleaned the ceramic tile flooring. There is also sand outside the house where the dogs were kept, which is right under the bedroom windows. Please help.

Sounds like there is moisture in the air and this is peaking up the old stink..I would open the windows (during the day) and blast the heater..The dry air will kill the smell..However i am not convinced your place is clean..I would use lavendar disenfectant pine sol its very strong..I would continue to re-clean the floors and for the wood I would gently dilute the pine sol and re-wash the cabinets..after that I would put murphys oil on the wood cabinets…This should help…(dry hot air really helps but you must open the windows too)

how to clean ceramic tiles in shower stall?

Monday, December 10th, 2012

my shower stall has stain marks in between the ceramic tiles. i use magic eraser but it still looks like the same. the color between the tiles didn’t change at all(i mean the white cement). actually, my shower stall also have a bath tub. in between the joint between the tub and the ceramic wall it has a black line of mold. how to clean that line of mold. i used magic eraser, bleach, scrubbing bubbles. but the line is still there. need help.

Go with tilex mold and mildew remover. Spary it on and let it set there for at least five minutes. Then use a decent scrub brush of some kind, even a toothbrush would work, on the joint and it should come clean. If tilex does not work, try C.L.R. with the same process.