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"Water stained porcelain tile cleaning problem," in the Ceramic and Stone Q&A forum, begins: "Can anyone help? I recently installed some porcelain tiles in my kitchen. They are water stained and come out streaky ..."

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Old February 1, 2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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Water stained porcelain tile cleaning problem


Can anyone help? I recently installed some porcelain tiles in my kitchen. They are water stained and come out streaky when I wash the floor. In a few hours the floor looks like it hasn't been washed for days. I was under the impression that glazed porcelain tiles do not need a sealer, but something is definitely wrong.

Are there products out there that can be applied to repel water?

Tks for your help.

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Old February 1, 2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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Were these tiles stained when they were installed? If so, there's a chance that it happened when they were made. Also possible that they were left outside in the weather for an extended period of time.

Can you post a picture of them?

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Old February 1, 2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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What are you using to clean them? A glazed porcelain is basically impervious and can't stain. If you take a clean cloth and buff the tile does it shine up and look good?

What kind of grout and color was used? Cement based, epoxy, etc.

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Old February 2, 2010, 01:42 PM   #4
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The type of grout is Polyblend sanded grout polymer mortified, dark sand color. When the floor is still damp, when I take a clean cloth to the tiles I can rub out most of the streaks. But it still leaves water marks and tracks up terribly.

Any suggestions?

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Old February 2, 2010, 09:12 PM   #5
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What type of cleaner are you using and what sort of mop? What color tile? Guessing a dark glossy tile. You should be using a ph nuetral tile specific cleaner. These are found in the tile section by the grout sealers. You don't need them all the time either. I am wondering if you are using too much water too. For the most part you are just wanting to dust mop the floor. A mop just damp enough to pick up dust but not get it wet. I like micro fiber dust mops. I only use a cleaner once or twice a year and dust mop several times a week with a mop damp with clean water.

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Old February 4, 2010, 03:11 PM   #6
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Go by your local tile store and ask for a product called Texspar Plus. It's a heavy duty cleaner for hard to remove grout haze, grease, dirt, etc.....

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Old February 4, 2010, 09:40 PM   #7
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I would avoid any "heavy duty" cleaners until neutral cleaners have been tried first. A new tile installation should not need heavy duty cleaning.

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Old February 5, 2010, 03:10 PM   #8
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Texspar Plus is an environmentally friendly, advanced formulation based on citrus extracts and biodegradable surfactants. Texspar is widely recommended by the tile manufactureres for NEW INSTALLATION clean up. Texspar offers quick removal of stubborn stains, grout haze, hard water deposits, oil, dirt, etc. May be used on new or existing tile and grout. Restores the natural beauty of the tile as it cleans. Is especially effective on eliminating new tile peach fuzz.

dune, I wouldn't recomend something I haven't used myself in similar situations.


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