Cleaning Tiles, Removing Grout and Other Spots off Ceramic tiles Sept 14
Here's a message about cleaning tiles, I had yesterday from Deborah In the US.
My name is deborah and i recently had my bathroom renovated. the only problem is that the contractor got grout and plaster on my ceramic tile floor. how do i get this off my tile. he did a beautiful job but the spots of grout and plaster specks look awful please help thanks very much
If it is a just a few spots and your floor tiles have a good hard surface that won't scratch easily,cleaning tiles like this should be easy. Try rubbing them with a kitchen type stainless steel scourer pad. Or if you still have a few larger lumps try scraping with a blunt screwdriver to get the worst of and then the scourer.
Sometimes a SS wire brush can get them off too, but as with all these things, take it easy at first, test it out. I have had the wire brush itself leave marks on tiles too, so as I say take it easy.
I use the stainless steel scourer and brush all the time because of course they dont rust, so I can use them wet without fear of next time leaving rust marks behind.
If you have a lot of hard grout or tile adhesive on them, cleaning tiles like this calls for extreme measures. What the tilers use as a last resort, is diluted Hydrochloric Acid, also known as Muriatic acid. This acid eats at the cement base of the product you are trying to shift.
You can buy it a builder's supply shops, and I have even bought small containers of it from swimming pool shops.
Cleaning tiles with acid.
Doing a trick like that is dangerous, not only to the health of people involved, but it can cause unseen damage to the building structure. The acid, and acid/cement fumes can start off the process of deterioration and rusting in most building components.
Best of luck with it, I hope you will shift the spots easily with a scourer, quicker than it has taken me to write this.
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