Terrazo Floors: How To Remove Stains

For those of you who have installed terrazo or terra cotta flooring this article will instruct you on how to properly clean and remove stubborn stains from this delicate flooring.

One of the most popular home improvements is upgrading your flooring. Undertaking this task can be time consuming, but the end result is rewarding. Once installed not only have you beautified your home but also increased its value.

One of the most popular flooring upgrades today is to convert your linoleum to Terrazo, or Terra Cotta Flooring.

Terrazo, or Terra Cotta flooring is beautiful and also impressive, but can also be a chore to keep clean and stain free. Before choosing either of these floorings you should research them thoroughly to make sure that they suit your lifestyle.

There are many sealers for this type tile available on the market today. Using a sealer protectant is extremely important. Sealers will provide a clear coating, which will keep the tile from cracking and also protect it from extreme staining. Sealers will not completely protect the tile from stains but they will help the porous tile to resist them.

If you are faced with a spill that could possibly stain your tile, be sure you are familiar with the proper method of removal before you apply any household chemical treatment. Even though many chemicals state that they are specifically for use on this type tile you should read instructions carefully, and use them cautiously.

Make sure to always spot test before a total application. Pick a test site which will be hidden if the chemical cleaner used stains or discolors your tile. The best place to test is a corner, or a small area which is hidden under furniture.

Apply a small amount of chemical in your chosen area and wait for at least three hours before checking the test site. If the chemical shows no discoloration to your tile you may use it freely. Always make sure to use the chemical as directed and in a well ventilated area. Be sure to remove all of the chemical from your flooring once you have completed your cleaning task.

Many household stains are very common and are easily removed. Some stains are not so easy and require extra care in the cleaning process. For common stains there are several products that you can use freely.

More difficult stains such as paint, varnish, and motor oil require a stronger, more toxic application of cleaning fluids. Some of the more difficult stains like these mentioned may require TSP or other harsh chemicals to be used for removal of stains. In instances like these mentioned you should consult your local hardware store, or hire a professional for the job.

After that weekend party you hosted, you may be faced with alcoholic beverage stains. Alcohol stains will usually show on the floor with a distinctive white frost around the edges of the stain.

To remove alcoholic beverage stains you may use plain laundry detergent and warm water. By applying the detergent solution to the tile with a soft sponge you will not run the risk of scratching your tile. Do not rub the solution into the tile but gently rub in a circular motion lightly over the stain. Remove the solution with plain warm water. Dab any excess water up with a dry sponge and then allow the area to dry.

If you are faced with a wine stain the following method works well. Place a soft absorbant cloth over the area. Pour hydrogen peroxide over the top of the cloth. Allow the peroxide cloth to sit over the stained area for one half hour. When the time has elapsed, remove the cloth and dab the area with warm water until your confident that all the peroxide has been removed. Allow the area to dry well.

Blood stains are not as hard to remove as you may imagine.

Saturate the blood stain with cold water. Add seven drops of household ammonia to the water. Allow the water and ammonia to sit on the stain for fifteen minutes. To remove the solution you should use a sponge to absorb the bulk of the solution, then add clean cold water to the area to remove any left over solution. Dry the area with a soft dry cloth. Allow the damp area to air dry.

Another method is to use malt and water to remove blood stains. Simply add three tablespoons of malt to a half gallon of water. Dab the solution on to the stain directly. As soon as you dab the solution onto the spot, remove it with a dry soft cloth. Repeat these steps until the stain has completely lifted.

Coffee stains can easily be removed from tile of any kind. Simply add one tablespoon of abrasive cleanser to a gallon of warm water. Mix well until the cleanser has disolved completely. Dab on to stain and let the solution sit on the stain for one half hour. Remove the solution with clear cold water and a soft cloth.

For grease and oil splatters try dishwashing liquid. Place straight dishwashing liquid onto the grease spot and allow to sit for fifteen minutes. Remove the dishwashing by dabbing it with a slightly damp sponge until all the liquid has been removed from the flooring. Allow the floor to air dry.

Pet accidents are easily and quickly fixed with the following method. You should begin by making a poltice of abrasive cleanser and water. A good rule of thumb is three tablespoons of abrasive cleanser to ten drops of water. Mix the abrasive cleanser and water into a thick dry paste. Place the paste on the pet stain area. Rub the paste into the stain then add three more drops of water. Allow paste to sit on stain for one half hour. Remove paste with a damp sponge until all the paste has been removed.

Another method of removing pet stains is with lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide.Dampen a small soft cloth with lemon juice. Place the cloth over the stain and allow to sit for two minutes. Pour three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide over the cloth and allow this to sit on stain for another five minutes. Remove the cloth. Sponge the area with warm water until all the lemon juice and peroxide have been removed from the area.

Before undertaking any cleaning project always take precautions. Be sure to know your chemicals and what they do. It is best to familiarize yourself with the adverse reactions the chemicals can cause. Do not be fooled by natural products because even these can be harmful if used improperly.

Always be sure to work in a well ventilated area.

Do not allow pets or small children into the area where you are working.

Any time you are working with chemicals, it is recommended you use protective eyewear and rubber gloves.

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