Just got through with the hard part (removing old grout) and now need a little
I need to clean the old tile and the suggestion I got was tri-sodium phosphate
to get rid of water and soap
stains and 50:50 clorox solution for mildew. Also have rust stains, and that
usually is cleaned with mild acids.
I know to keep them all as totally separate treatments with long rinses to avoid
gassing myself - even with all
the fans I have going.
Any other suggestions or is what I am doing the easiest way to clean the tile
with all its different stains?
If you're re-grouting, don't do anything to the tile. Grout, and when you
wipe the overage off, the tiles should shine like new. When my tiles start
to get scummy, I just put a thin grout mixture on with a float, as if I was
grouting, let it get near-dry, then wipe with a sponge, then a dry towel.
Like new! Grout on tile is like toothpaste on teeth.
I think the part about removing soap scum with new grout mix is
probably right. One thing I have found that is very good for mold/
mildew stains is Mean Green Mold and Mildew Destroyer that is sold at
Dollar General. I've tried more expensive cleaners but they don't
work as well. You just spray the stuff on where you see mildew and
let it sit about 20 minutes....then wipe it off.
I have used razor blades to clean old soap scum if it is really heavy
but if it's just an ordinary amount of soap and mineral deposits -
then the friction of the new grout should take it off. If you do have
lots of mineral deposits (limescale) try cleaning with white vinegar/
water to keep it off.
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