How to remove the toughest stains from stone floors
Natural stone floor tiles are a beautiful addition to any house, but they require regular upkeep to maintain them at their best. You may be familiar with employing stain removal to remove stains from natural stone surfaces, but this is not the same as removing difficult stains from a stone floor. Thus, it may be challenging if you don’t have the correct cleaning agents. It’s even more challenging to hire a housekeeper who lacks the supplies because he may not perform an excellent job.
That said, how then should you remove tough stains from stone floors? Let’s find out!
Why you should clean your stone (tile) floors more frequently
Tile and stone have gained tremendous popularity considering their durability, style, solid aesthetic, and variation. Any tile or stone with a smooth finish is an excellent hypoallergenic selection. However, it can still keep pollens if not taken care of. Natural stone tile or porous tiles can have dirt, dust, pollen, and mold trapped in them.
Often, it occurs if the tiles have rough edges. Thus, it is vital that you always clean your stone floors often to keep them away from stubborn stains. You could also prevent dust and other allergens from infiltrating the surface of the stone tile by sealing it.
Some of the best cleaning agents for stone floors
Take advantage of our natural stone cleaning products to keep your tiles looking flawless!
Enrich and seal
Enrich and seal is a high-quality, no-sheen, color-enhancing sealant for natural stone surface. You can use this product as a grout sealant before grouting since it is formulated to provide excellent stain resistance.
Firenza Stone enriches and has a 100% polymer. Our product is ideal for limestone, marble tiles, quartzite, sandstone, slate, travertine, and grout.
Fresh thyme, pepper mint tub and tile cleaner
Our three-in-one cleaner and protector is designed for cleaning natural stone surfaces. The neutral pH formula is safe to use regularly and will not devalue the sealant.
Mangia macchia spot and stain remover
Mangia macchia spot and stain remover removes stains from natural stone surfaces such as marble, quartz, limestone, slates, terrazzo, and ceramic. It removes cooking oil, food stains, coffee, and other stains from the stained area. Its chemical components helps to absorb even the most stubborn stains. There will be no change in color of the stone, neither will it damage the stone’s finish.
Mix Stone Clean (Degreaser)
If you have ever neglected your tile surface, why not try our mix stone small deep clean. This liquid quality cleaner and solvent will help clean neglected stone surfaces exposed to a lot of traffic. Deep cleaning with Firenza Stone‘s Deep Stone Clean eliminates oily stains, grime, and waxes with immediate effect.
Stone pro deep clean heavy duty stone cleaner
The stone pro deep, heavy-duty stone cleaner is a professional stone restorer. It is the ideal stain removal for polished surfaces such as marble, granite, and travertine. With our stone pro deep heavy duty cleaner, you will easily remove oil-based stains and grime. Heavy-duty stone cleaners can neutralize acidic power residue, including removing food stains. In addition, we designed it for safe and effective cleaning. Therefore, it causes no adverse effect on the natural surface of the stone.
Stone tech oil stain remover, for natural stone
Stone tech oil stain remover cleans deep oil and grease stains. Suitable for use on natural stone, grout, and masonry. Firenzastone tech oil stain remover is ready to use; stir it and apply.
Best dark spot remover
The best dark spot remover clears all dark spots caused by biological stains such as algae, moss, fungi, mildew. It’s effective on a variety of natural stones.
Unique granite platinum all-in-one cleaner
All-in-one unique granite platinum serves as a neutral cleaner as it polishes natural surfaces and protects them. It is water-repellent and stain-resistant.
How to thoroughly clean stone floors
Whether you have a brand new tile or a used one, here are some helpful tips to consider in cleaning natural stone floors and removing stain remains. First, let’s talk about the items you’ll need.
What you’ll need
To keep your tile floor in top condition, below is a list of natural and homemade cleaning solutions.
- Marble polishing powder
- A soft damp cloth or gauze pads
- Bleach or Hydrogen peroxide
- Lacquer thinner
- Wood or plastic spatula
- Paper towel
- Household detergent
- Diatomaceous earth
- Razor blade
- White powdered poultice materials, like powdered chalk, baking soda
- Stone soap
- White powder
- Thick paste
- Mix bleach or hydrogen peroxide
- Buffing pad
- Distilled water
- Rubber gloves
- Mineral spirits
To cleanfloors, wash the affected area with care using hot water and your regular household cleaners. If the stain persists, you can do the following techniques.
1. Streaks of grease
Clean the area with carbonated soda and make sure it’s free of fat. The carbonated soda will aid in the removal of grease and other oil-based stains. Use baking soda and water for other oil-based stains or one powdered poultice material and mineral spirits.
2. Nail polish and ink stain removal
Begin by wiping the stain with a cleaning brush. Then carry out thorough rinsing and drying with warm water and detergent. Also, you can remove the nail polish stain by soaking it with a nail polish dissolver. If the stain persists, use diluted bleach or hydrogen peroxide to remove it.
Using hydrogen peroxide, soak a soft cloth and apply it over the stain. Now, dab the ink while cleaning with force. Once you’re done, pick up another clean, soft cloth and soak in the oxidant. Apply it on the stain and let it soak for about five minutes before rinsing with water.
Next, add a few drops of oxygen-based solvent on the stained area (if there’s any ink residue)and wash with a small toothbrush. Allow soaking for 15 minutes before rinsing and drying.
3. For blood stains
First, you must put on rubber gloves while cleaning any form of a bloodstain. A rubber glove will prevent the spread of infection.
Fill a bucket with bleach and hot water. Pour the mixture into a container and spray the mixed bleach on the stained surface. Wipe up any spills with a towel, rags, or paper towel. Repeat the previous procedure, but this time leave the mixture to evaporate.
If the floor is permanently stained with blood, the bleach may not help. Here, rinse the area with water to get rid of the bleach. Apply hydrogen peroxide on the stain with a soft cloth and allow it to absorb for a long duration of time. Then rinse with water and dry.
4. Getting rid of inorganic metal stains
Rust stains appear when dampness meets with metallic items on tile surfaces for an extended time. Metal stains and rust stain match the contour of the staining object (nails, cans, screws, bolts). The nearby copper, bronze, or brass objects causes copper and bronze stains. Removal of these brownish-orange rust stains is a little complicated, but you can use a commercially available rust remover.
Apply a mixture of lemon juice and borax on the iron stains, and rub it in. Leave the paste to dry before rinsing with water and wiping with a clean towel. If the stain remains, continue the procedure until it fades away.
5. Wax, gum or paint stains
Remove as much of the stain as possible using a razor blade. Use non-flammable lacquer thinner to remove any leftover residue. Do not use acid or flame tools, as we do not recommend it.
Follow this same technique to remove a small amount of paint. You can remove heavy paint coverage should be removed with commercially available heavy liquid cleaner for paint.
6. Organic stains
Organic stains are stains from bird droppings, leaves, coffee, tobacco, urine, tree bark, etc. Their color varies from pinkish to brownish. Make a white molding plaster with one of the powdered poultice materials and a solution of 12 percent hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. You can make use of acetone in replacement of the oxidant.
7. Fire stain
Fire-stained fireplaces that are discolored by smoke are difficult to clean. Restoring their former appearance takes time as well. As a result, use commercially available smoke removal products to save time. Repeat the cleaning process whenever the stone dries until it is clean enough.
8. Etch marks
Acid left on the surface of the stone causes etch mark. All you have to do is moisten the stone’s surface with pure water and sprinkle marble polishing powder on top. Then, using a damp cloth, massage the powder into the stone. You may also use a buffing pad to do it.
Always check the product’s compatibility before using it on your natural stones. Likewise, remember to clean any debris and dust before you begin. Besides, observe the safety of each cleaning agent.
Certain stains may never go away if you try to remove them on your own. Thus, you may need the service of a stone professional to see what extra measures are necessary.