There is a multitude of products to clean bathroom tiles in this world. Many of them are specialized for specific areas of the tiles. A conventional product used to clean bathroom tiles is acid. Although we have multiple other blogs describing the use of natural and homemade products to clean out your bathroom, you are here obviously to see how you can test acid. Before you make up your mind, let us warn you that acids are to be used very carefully and only on certain robust types of tiles. You should never use acid to clean marble floors or any other tiles which are made of similar porous materials. If you are very sure about the quality of your tiles, even then, you must use diluted amounts of acid as it might be harmful in long term usages.
Cleaning tiles using acid
Before you start with acid, make sure to mop the floor properly. There should not be a speck of dust on your bathroom floor. In a bucket of water, add one cup of acid into the bucket. Do a spot test before cleaning your whole floor with this solution. Pour a very little amount of this mixture to a very small area of your tile.
Let it be for 5 minutes and then rinse it off. Check the next day if there has been any discoloration. Pour water over the whole tile floor. It should be wet when you pour the acid mix on it. Pour the acid mix such that it reaches the whole bathroom.
Make sure you do not touch it anyway. After 5 minutes, rinse it all off thoroughly. To neutralize the acid which might be leftover, pour 4 cups of baking soda into a bucket of water and mop the floor very nicely with it.
Cleaning stains with acid
Pour 1 cup acid into a bucket of water. Cover your hands with gloves. If you do not own gloves, then a good suggestion will be Drainx Pro Steel Drum Auger Plumbing Snake | Heavy Duty 25-Ft Drain Snake Cable with Work Gloves and Storage Bag (Renewed). To check it on Amazon, click here.
Put on the gloves and take a sponge. Dip the sponge into the bucket and gently apply the acid on the stained area. Leave for about 5 minutes and rub the stain gently. Then rinse properly to get the acid off. Sprinkle some baking soda on the stains. This will neutralize any leftover acid that might hover over the tiles. Then rinse the tiles properly
After neutralizing and rinsing again, mop the floor properly and let it dry.
As informed earlier, acid is very bad for porous tile materials. Some examples are marble, limestone, travertine, colored granite, etc. tiles made of marble can be harmed even with water then what is the acid in comparison to water? The tiles can get discolored and even break because of wearing polish. We have other blogs that deal with how to clean a specific type of tile material.