Whether you’re moving to a new house or simply renovating your current one, cement stains are nasty business and can be an absolute hassle if not removed in time. Cement stains when dried up cause a hard residue, something that is every homeowner’s nightmare. Do not fret as Graana.com, Pakistan’s Smartest Property Portal, is here to give you some important tips on how to remove cement stains from tiles.
Removing cement from tiles can be a messy job and requires you to be well prepared with all the necessary tools and supplies. Cement stains are resilient and often require a significant amount of elbow grease to remove.
- White Vinegar
- Phosphoric Acid Cleaner
- Flathead Screwdriver or Scraper
- Scrubbing Pad
- Rubber Gloves
- Soft Cloths
Hopefully, you’ll have all these supplies at home and won’t need to run to the store. It depends upon the amount of cement you have spilt on the tile. Large amounts of cement require a large amount of acid to clean. However, caution needs to be exercised because the acid can quickly eat through the glaze on the tiles. So, make sure to check your tiles and scrub accordingly.
How to Remove Cement Stains From Tiles
The tips here apply if you have a light coat of cement on the tiles. Light stains mean that white vinegar when scrubbed on the tiles and cleaned off with a soft cloth will do the job just fine.
- Soak the cloth in white vinegar to prep it and avoid wasting the vinegar.
- Place soaked cloth on the stained area for a few minutes.
- Wait for the vinegar to soften the cement’s grip on the tile.
- Apply vinegar as much as necessary until the stain is visibly wet
- Use a scrubber to remove the cement stain thoroughly
- If you have a tough residue buildup, It’s better to scrape it with a scraper first
How to Remove Larger Spills
If you have moved to a house and there is a large spill on the tiles, then the process involves a few more steps but largely remains the same. It just involves the use of stronger acids to cut through the extra layers of cement.
- Step 1 Use a scraper or an angle grinder to scrape or cut off the excess residue
- Step 2 Apply phosphoric acid to the affected area but apply carefully to avoid spillage on
your hands and tiles. Make sure to wear protective gloves.
- Step 3 The cement will lose strength after a few minutes, Scrub vigorously to remove
- Step 4 Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to remove excess acid and the stain.
- Step 5 Phosphoric acid is a very fast-acting acid and all traces of it must be removed to
protect yourself and others in your house from its corrosive effects.
If the phosphoric acid requires that water be mixed in it then always add acid to the water. When adding water to acid it can sometimes cause a violent reaction which causes the acid to spill out. This can cause a mess and be harmful to you, so it is better to be careful.
Acids release fumes that are very injurious to health if breathed in. It’s always better to maintain your distance when working with strong acids. Protective goggles can seem silly but they help protect you.
There are products that neutralise acids and should be poured on the surface to neutralise the acid effect on tiles. Acids should be neutralised because they can be highly corrosive to both the surface and our skin. If you have just finished cleaning a particularly large residue it is always a good practice to neutralise the surface after the cleanup process.
When searching for how to remove cement from tiles there is a lot of advice available. The best bet is to stick with what you have available at your home and work smartly. Graana.com, Pakistan’s Smartest Property Portal has curated a list of good practices to help you in this journey.