The Ultimate Guide on How to Clean Bathroom Floor Stains

Have you always struggled in finding the most effective way on how to clean bathroom floor stains? A spic and span bathroom tile is a sight to behold. To be honest, I am more conscious of the cleanliness of the bathroom than I am of my room. Don’t get me wrong, I also do clean my room regularly.

But "what to do when stains start to appear?" "Replace the bathroom stains?" No way. We all know that option is going to be expensive. Well, I have found an effective and easy to do method on how to clean bathroom floor stains. It worked for my bathroom floor stains. I am sure it will work for yours, too.

Before I go into the details on how I was able to effectively deal with my bathroom floor stains, let us first take a look at what actually causes these stains on the tiles and grout:

  • Grime: This is dirt that has settled on the floor tiles or scum stuck on the bathroom tile wall.
  • Water and Dirt: When water is left to dry on its own, water and the limescale on it can mix with dirt and dust on the floor. When water dries up, limescale and dust will remain on the bathroom tiles.
  • Minerals in Water: This type of stain comes from the iron content of water. It may be white but may also be dark gray or orange brown.
  • Soap Scum: The grout on the bathroom floor is porous thus grime, soap scum and body oils can stick in it.
  • Bacteria, Molds and Mildew: Moisture and humidity caused by an increase in room temperature making the bathroom floor a perfect breeding ground for stain-causing bacteria.

Attacking Those Bathroom Floor Stains

This I have learned. You can get rid of bathroom floor stains with a little bit of scrubbing and the right cleaning solutions. The best and easiest to handle are do-it-yourself cleaning solutions made of materials that are part of your regular grocery list. Some commercial cleaning products can be dangerous to use on your own.

Make sure to test any of the cleaning solutions you intend to use in a small and not so noticeable spot of the bathroom. This is to make sure that you are working on getting rid of bathroom floor stains and not intending to damage the floors.

Method 1: Baking Soda

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Baking soda is a mild abrasive, an alkaline cleaner and a deodorizer. If you are working on more than just simple stains, baking soda has the cleaning power to get rid of the tough stains.

What You Will Need:

  • ¾ cups Baking Soda
  • ¼ cup 3% Hydrogen peroxide (household strength)
  • ​1 tablespoon Liquid dishwashing soap
  • ​Soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush
  • ​Hot water
  • ​Clean washcloth
  • Rubber gloves

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl combine baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and liquid dishwashing soap.
  2. ​Mix all the ingredients until it forms into a paste.
  3. ​Using the soft brittle brush or old toothbrush apply the paste on the stained grout or tile. Use the old toothbrush for grout crevasses and cracks.
  4. ​Allow the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and soap paste to sit for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. ​Rinse the bathroom floor tiles with hot water. Make sure to completely wash away the paste.
  6. ​Pick up any remaining residue on the floor tiles with a washcloth.
  7. Rinse the bathroom tiles a second time for extra shine.

Method 2: Chlorine Bleach

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Bleach is not only a perfect stain remover it will also leave the grout in the bathroom floor white and bright. Bleach is perfect for mold, mildew and other floor stains. Never mix bleach with any other cleaning agents. Some cleaning agents when mix with bleach form into a dangerous gas.

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup Bleach
  • 3 cups Water
  • ​1 tablespoon Shampoo
  • ​Spray
  • ​Wet Cloth
  • ​Brush
  • Rubber gloves

Procedure:

  1. Open the windows and or doors of the bathroom so you won’t directly breathe in the bleach vapor.
  2. ​Mix the bleach, water and shampoo and place in the spray.
  3. ​Spray the solution on the tiles and grout.
  4. ​If you are working on deep stains, allow the solution to sit for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. ​Use a brush on areas where stains have remained.
  6. Thoroughly rinse the bathroom floor tiles to remove all traces of bleach. Bleach residue can be slippery.

Method 3: Vinegar

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We all know that on its own, vinegar is a very great cleaning agent. Vinegar is perfect to remove soap scums, molds and mildew. Never attempt to mix vinegar with any other cleaning agent as it may cause some dangerous chemical reactions.

What You Will Need:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • ​Old Toothbrush or small brush
  • ​Spray
  • Rubber gloves

Procedure:

  1. Make a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water.
  2. ​Place the mixture on a sprayer.
  3. ​Spray the bathroom floor tiles with the vinegar/water mixture.
  4. Using an old toothbrush or small brush, scrub the tiles in circular motions.

Method 4: Ammonia

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Ammonia is best for removing soap scum, molds and mildew. Never mix ammonia with bleach to avoid a dangerous chemical reaction.

What You Will Need:

  • 1/3 cup Ammonia
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • ​Spray or Sponge
  • Rubber gloves

Procedure:

  1. Mix ammonia and water. Place the solution in a spray or bowl.
  2. ​Spray or use a sponge to cover the bathroom floor tiles with the solution.
  3. ​Allow the mixture to sit for about 1 hour.
  4. ​Scrub off the ammonia/water mixture.
  5. Thoroughly rinse the bathroom floor tiles.

My Personal Choice

I have tried using all these cleaning agents one time or another. With all the cleaning agents, I have successfully dealt with my bathroom floor stains. I like using baking soda the best, though. I like the shine baking soda leaves on my bathroom floor after taking care of the tough stains.

Try out all the cleaning agents mentioned and say goodbye to bathroom floor stains.. Which is your favorite cleaning agent? Let us know in the comments section.

  • October 20, 2016
  • TIPS
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