Should I keep this tile floor?

purplepansiesJanuary 26, 2014

We are doing a facelift of the only bathroom in our house. The tile floor (from 1955) seems to be in fairly decent shape, but try as I might, I cannot get it as clean as I'd like. Plus, the grout lines are nasty-dirty. Is it possible to clean/restore this tile to its original state? Are there companies that do this kind of work, and if so, what type of company should I be looking for?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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It's a beautiful modified basket weave pattern that is a very current look. You can clean the grout using phosphoric acid and a grout brush. You may not see the difference right away, but about 2 days later, you'll be amazed. The tile can be cleaned and polished by a floor company specializing in tile.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 10:24AM
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Clean it and keep it.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 10:56AM
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Definitely try and keep it!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 3:09PM
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I've heard that people have used Oxiclean to clean grout. I have never used it. Grout is a cementous material so alkaline. Keep us posted on how this turns out for you. I like the tile too.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 7:01AM
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Thanks everyone. If it can be cleaned and restored, we will keep it. I'll do some more research and see what would be the best way to tackle this. That's a lot of grout! :)

Are there companies that clean and restore tile floors? I guess I can stop in to a local tile shop and see if they know anyone who does that sort of thing.

I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 10:43AM
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It looks absolutely gorgeous and I would definitely try to keep it if it were in my home. Personally I would look into how best to clean old ceramic tiles and do that. I would also probably remove the grout myself and re-grout. (But I'm comfortable doing DIY and tedious manual labor if I have a goal in mind.)

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 11:45AM
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We used Stanley Steemer on our bathroom tiled Hexagon floors. Came out AMAZING!!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 1:09PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

A lot of carpet cleaning companies these days have branched out to cleaning tile floors. I'm sure you won't have a problem getting your floor cleaned up. Once you do that, you get have a better idea of the state of the grout and if it needs to be patched or replaced. Nice floor!


    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 1:03PM
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