Cement is a notoriously difficult substance to remove – even from ceramic tiles. Despite the smooth nature of the tiles, dried cement doesn’t just scrape off.
However, if your tiles are merely affected by small flicks of cement, using a bit of white vinegar dabbed onto a cloth should do the trick. On the other hand, if the problem is quite severe, you will need to employ the following in order to successfully remove it.
Note: you’ll need to act as soon as you notice the cement spillage, as the longer you leave it, the harder it is to remove.
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Removing Cement From Tiles
What you’ll need:
- White vinegar
- Flat head screwdriver
- Phosphoric Acid Cleaner
- Tampico brush or metal scouring pad
- Soft cloths
- Soap or detergent
- Protective gloves and eyewear
- Small brush or old toothbrush
- Apply the white vinegar to a clean, dry cloth. Leave it saturated for an hour or so. If the temperature is warm, you may need to keep applying coats of white vinegar, as they will keep evaporating.
- After the cement starts to loosen, scrub the area with either a brush or scouring pad.
- Once the majority of the cement is gone, clean any remnants off with a sponge, warm water and dish soap.
- Dry with a clean cloth.
- Remove any cement flecks with a small brush or toothbrush.
- Repeat the process if needed.
You may notice a few stubborn bits of cement remaining. If this is the case, you can employ the use of the phosphoric acid and screw driver to fully remove it.
You may need to dilute the acid with water – either way, follow the instructions on the packaging and always wear protective gloves and eyewear when handling acid-based products.
If you’re still noticing cement remaining on your tiles, you may need to hire the services of an after-builders cleaning company, who will have the skills and equipment to successfully complete the job.
Removing Cement From Tiles
- Place a vinegar-soaked cloth over the stains if heat/sunshine keeps evaporating the vinegar on its own.
- Remove the cement ASAP. Try not to let it set into concrete.
- Keep cement out of reach of children and pets.
Why is Cement So Hard to Get Right Now?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply chain of materials coming to the US from China and India has drastically slowed down as many production plants overseas have closed and lost money.
As far back as February 2020, 50,000 construction workers were laid off in Hong Kong due to a cement shortage caused by the coronavirus.
Cement is very difficult to remove from any item, and tiles are no exception. However, using certain items (most of which can be found in your kitchen) can help you do just that.
It is important to try and tackle the issue as soon as possible before the cement fully sets into concrete.
Last update on 2023-09-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API