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Friday's Ask the Experts: Cleaning mosaic tiles

August 14, 2009
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: How do I clean mosaic tiles? Many people insist on using hydrochloric acid. Is this chemical right for cleaning mosaic tiles? If not, what would make them more white and shiny?
The answer:
It depends on the type of mosaic tile. If marble, or other calcium-based stone, acid would be very harmful. If ceramic or other clay-based tile, try an alkaline solution, followed by agitation and rinse.
If tile or grout is not completely clean, try a safer acid solution. Look for a product that is an organic ...Dane Gregory
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