Tips for tackling stained tile

By Joanne Loos Posted in: ImproveThe Fix is In

When it comes to cleaning tile countertops, it can be a tricky business. Food bits and liquid

spills seem to have a way of lodging themselves into precisely the most difficult spots between the tiles, making them extremely difficult to clean. Luckily, I’ve found some easy-to-implement solutions: Use a sponge and soapy water (made with mild dishwashing liquid). If the particles are really stuck in there, use a more abrasive

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sponge, but the same solution. Run the sponge between all of the tiles, and make sure to rinse and dry the area thoroughly when you are done. You can rinse by saturating the sponge with clean water and running it through again. Implement this into your daily wipe-down routine.

About once per month, tackle discol-oration. Sprinkle baking soda on the affected

area, and then drop white vinegar on top. The mixture will bubble, allowing it to get deep down into the pores. Scrub the mixture with a dryer sheet, then rinse with clean water. Repeat the process if necessary, and allow the surface to dry completely before placing objects on top.

You also can help to reduce staining by ensuring your grout is properly sealed. You can purchase grout sealer from most hardware stores. If you notice cracks in the grout, you may need to re-grout.

Remember to test any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area before proceeding to the entire surface. Also, if you feel at all uncomfortable or unsure of how to properly clean, seal or re-grout, consult a professional.