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Question DetailsAsked on 11/18/2014

does cleaning ceramic tiles with diluted vinegar or clorox remove protective coating

I have client with ceramic tile that has ground in dirt over a large area. So far diluted clorox or vinegar and a small steamer have hardly taken any dirt up. This person is unable to do regular maintenance on the floor. I am considering use of baking soda with vinegar or peroxide, maybe 409 and will suggest a floor steam cleaner regular maintenance, should we get floor clean. HELP

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Except for unglazed tiles like quarry tile, vinegar, peroxide, or bleach should not harm the tile unless you let it sit wet on it for a period - but normal wiping should not hurt. However, they may well take off any silicone sealant. If those and 409 do not take off the dirt, then likely it is in under a silicone sealant, so a sealer remover wouldhave to be used, then the tile thoroughly cleaned and resealed. That is normally a tile contractor job, not a household cleaning company's.

I would say a quick way to tell would be to take some alcohol and peroxide (separately) to see if it removes a sealer or wax. Also, try LimeAway or Scrubbing Bubbles at a small out-of-the way area - if they do not clean it up fairly easily, then the dirt is probably ground into or under the sealer. It is also possible a sealer or wax (even maybe mop-n-glo - SOOO many people put that on tile not realizing the mess they will get - was put on an unclean floor, trapping the dirt under it.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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