If you installed tile bathroom floors that have recently fallen victim to discoloration, you may be curious about how to properly go about removing it. Fortunately, you can easily remove any floor-based discoloration with several household cleaning products and a little bit of elbow grease. So, if your tile bathrooms floors are looking dirty and discolored, the steps outlined below should prove very helpful.
Step 1 - Remove any Dust from Your Tile Bathroom Floors
Before attempting to purge discoloration from your bathroom floors, you will need to remove any dust from the affected areas. This step can quickly be carried out with a vacuum cleaner, feather duster, broom and dustpan or some combination thereof. Before firing up your vacuum cleaner, take care to have a look at the device's owner's manual in order to determine whether or not there is a specific setting recommended for tile flooring. Once your tile bathroom floors are completely free of dust, you may proceed with the next step.
Step 2 - Give the Affected Areas a Water Washing
Now that you've thoroughly dusted the discolored patches of flooring, you'll need to remove any loose pieces of dirt or debris before treating the discolorations. Using a dampened sponge, paper towel or washcloth, vigorously scrub the affected areas, taking care to remove any noticeably large bits of filth. The more dirt you're able to remove while performing this step, the easier it will be to treat your discolored tile bathroom floors. After removing as much floor-based filth as possible with this step, you will be prepared to make your discoloration-removing solution.
Step 3 - Mix Your Discoloration-Removing Solution
Having prepared your tile bathroom floors, it's time to produce your homemade discoloration remover. Inside of a clean bucket, combine one gallon of water with half a cup of liquid soap and a single cup of ammonia. When producing this mixture, it is imperative that you the liquid soap you use be free of both bleach and chlorine, as these ingredients are liable to produce harmful fumes when combined with ammonia.
Step 4 - Apply Your Anti-Discoloration Solution
Start this step by donning a pair of cleaning gloves and opening up any nearby doors or windows to provide your work area with proper ventilation, as your discoloration-remover carries a rather strong smell. If your bathroom happens to feature an exhaust fan, you may want to turn that on, too. If you're particularly sensitive to the fumes, try wearing a breathing mask and make sure to take plenty of breaks.
You will now need to use a mop, sponge, washcloth or scrub brush to vigorously scrub the discolored areas of your tile bathroom floors. Depending on how bad the discoloration is, removing it may require a fair amount of physical exertion. After all the tile-based discoloration has been successfully removed, use a water-soaked sponge or mop to get rid of any remaining traces of your solution.
Step 5 - Prevent Discoloration from Reoccuring
While it may seem obvious, regularly cleaning your bathroom floors is the most effective way to prevent tile discoloration. In addition, it is important to make sure your tile floors are never subjected to excessive moisture, which is why your bathroom should always be properly ventilated, particularly when hot showers are underway. Lastly, using cleaning products not suited to tile flooring has been known to cause discoloration, so take care to avoid them when cleaning your bathroom.