Rust is a common stain that develops on many surfaces, including grout and some tile. Though the mold and mildew stains tend to cause us the most trouble, rust stains can still create a problem. There are some expensive retail products that claim to get the job done when it comes to treating the rust, but they are usually too harsh, ineffective, or both. The mild rust stains can be dissolved with products already found in the home more often than night. There are circumstances surrounding the rust stains that require a professional’s attention to effectively remove the rust stain, however. We at Carpet Dry-Tech would like to share a few options to remove the rust stains from tile and grout.
Does Dishwashing Liquid Remove Rust?
With a mild liquid dish detergent, rust stains can be easily removed safely from grout. Combine together 20 drops of mild dish soap and a cup of water in a spray bottle. After saturating the rust stain with the solution, allow it to break down the rust for 5-10 minutes. With a sponge or soft-bristle brush, scrub the residual rust away. Always remove the soapy film and rust residues with soapy warm water, but you may need to repeat the steps several times. Also, as an alternative cleaner for everyday maintenance cleaning, you can use this solution.
Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Grout?
Hydrogen peroxide is effective and does not cause any damage to the grout and works well to remove the rust stains. Mix together 1 cup water and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in a squirt bottle and mix well. As you scrub with a soft bristled brush in circular scrub patterns, spray the solution directly on the rust stain. Use warm water to rinse the rust runoff and lingering solution from the surface after you have removed the rust successfully. This solution is also effective against mold and mildew stains. However, it is important to understand that though there is little to worry about with the diluted hydrogen peroxide, hydrogen peroxide is a lightening agent and has the potential to lighten your color grout, perform a patch test to ensure the color will not be compromised.
Powder Laundry Detergent to Remove Rust Stains from Grout
Powder laundry detergent is among the gentle products that can cut through rust stains. Moderately sprinkle a layer of powder laundry detergent after you lightly mist the area. Let the detergent loosen the rust for about 5-10 minutes. Work the rust stain with circular motions with a soft-bristle brush or a sponge and be sure to rinse with warm water. Repeat as needed, but always finish with the warm water rinse.
Do I Need to Seal Grout After Cleaning?
To avoid unpleasant stains like rust, many types of tiles, and all grout, should be sealed. These sealants act as a protective barrier to resist stains and moisture buildup. The sealants do wear away and a new application is required over time. Harsh chemicals shouldn’t be used, otherwise you can damage both the grout and tile.
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The professionals of Carpet Dry-Tech can help you remove the rust and other dinginess to restore your grout like new if you are combating tougher rough stains. Call us today to schedule your deep tile and grout cleaning!