How to get old, dull/grimy bathroom floor tile clean

posted 1 year ago in Home
Post # 3
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899 posts
Busy bee

I can’t offer specific advise, but I completely understand. Our shower and counter top, and half of my walls were like that.  It was impossible to clean! We just remodeled our bathroom and I refused to have any tile in it because of it!

Post # 5
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6526 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m not sure if it’ll work on tile or not, but we just got a steamer and it’s done wonderful things for our house.  The only thing that stopped it was mildewed caulk around the tub.  I don’t think anything could get that out at this point.  Anyway we’ve used it on linoleum (including all the gunk under the washer/dryer, vanity, stove, sink, under a propane stove and our entry tiles (which weren’t as grimy as yours).  I say it’s worth a shot! 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000Dear Fiance0RB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I haven’t used it yet (it’s on my shopping list), but a lot of people swear by Barkeeper’s Friend. If the magic eraser is a bust, I’d get a small bottle to try. 

Post # 10
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6526 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

wildflowerz :  lol, I tried that link three times because it seemed directly connected to my amazon account. In the end I figured it must be fine. It was called mcCulloch heavy duty steamer I think. 

You could probably just rent one though in case it’s a waste of time. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

wildflowerz :  Let me know if you still need help and I’ll ask a mid century modern group I’m in on FB. People actually would kill to have tile just.like.that in this group!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2006

wildflowerz :  As weird as this  may sound….use oven cleaner. yes! Easy off or even the store brand will do the trick. Spay it and leave for sometime. Clean it off and you will see how well it works. Depending on how bad the tiles are, you might need to re apply. I went on a cleaning spree years ago and ran out of product for my bathroom walls. Oven cleaner was what i had left and i decided to try it and it was so awesome. That stuff is sure to get rid of all sorts of nasty things. Let me know if you tried it and how you liked it. Its my main shower cleaner for years now. be sure yoou have windows open, that smell is brutal.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

wildflowerz :   bretagne422 :  bar keeper’s friend/bon ami are actually super gentle and safe to use on porelain. that said, i thought the the “magic” in a magic eraser just was some sort of limestone/feldspar/baking soda concoction (the same stuff that makes up bon ami)?

Post # 15
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549 posts
Busy bee

I feel your pain! I have very similar tiles in my laundry/spare bathroom , which is a part of the old section of our house. They’re so uneven and dirt and grime collect in different areas and it’s total arse to clean. 

My relative is a professional cleaner and does a local school with the same tiles and he showed me how he does it. You need good quality gloves and boots on, open the windows, wear a mask and goggles (I dont 😎) (I’m also stupid)

Get Phosphoric Acid cleaner and mix a batch according to the label, and then add a little extra. Pour over and SOAK the tiles so the cleanser is pooling and lifting out imbedded dirt and grime. You can give it a while to work its magic.  If you have a broom with stiff brtisles give the whole area a good scrub, when you’re done, pour lots of fresh hot water to wash away down the drain. Mop up the rest with old towels and you shouldn’t have to do this for another few months. Regular cleaning should maintain it between times, but a lot of that grime is oily (years and years of hair and skin washing)  and imbedded in the surface of those old tiles so it needs more than soapy water. Mine came up looking like new. Ugly, but new…

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