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Do you know the various types of tiles and how to remove stains from them?

Here are some of the various types of tiles, and how to remove stains from them. 

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Anti-stain homogenous tiles: Durable and boasts a low water absorption rate. Chips as well as wear and tear from heavy usage are not as visible, since their uniform composition means the colour of the surface is similar to that on the inside. They come in matte or polished finishes.

Ceramic tiles: They come in a wide variety of hues and designs, are usually thinner and cost a little less than homogenous ones. They are available in matte or glazed finishes, but the glazed ones are more suited to walls or countertops rather than floors. However, Ceramic tiles are porous and absorb dark-coloured liquids like hair dye though they are moisture-resistant.
Here’s how to get them out:
1. Make a thick paste on the stain and leave for five to ten minutes. This will allow the paste to draw out the stain.
2. Spread the paste on the stain and leave it for five to 10 minutes. This will allow the paste to draw out the stain.
3. Rub with a non-scratch nylon pad, then rinse with water and wipe dry.

Granite tiles: This type of tiles work the best for bathroom floors as they are less slippery to walk on, even when wet.
To get rid of light stains: A light stain can be covered with a paste of baking soda and water overnight and removed.
To get rid of tougher stains: Leave the same paste of baking soda and water for several days before removing.

Marble tiles: Marble is lauded for its luxurious look and can be used on both floors and walls, though it can be more slippery in wet areas when highly polished. Marble tiles cost more, and are more susceptible to stains and cracks. Use a marble sealant periodically to prevent staining and etching. 
How to remove stains: It’s important to use an appropriate cleaner with a neutral PH, as marble is delicate. Make a solution of 1/4 oil based soap and 2 gallons of tepid water and spray it on the tiles and wipe it clean with a towel. 

 

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