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It's all in a day's work for a cleaner to clean up stained surfaces, and
in most cases a standard cleaning regime will do the job. However on
occasion a particularly bad stain will occur -- usually caused by a spill
of some sort -- and no matter how hard you try it can seem impossible
So how do you get rid of those tricky, deep-seated stains?
Why are some stains so hard to remove?
Some stains clean away easily, so why are others so diffcult to remove?
It usually depends on how deeply the stain has penetrated.
A bad-looking stain that is sitting on the surface of the stone or tiles
(thanks to a dense surface or with help from a quality tile sealer) can
be easily cleaned away. However if the contaminant penetrates into
the surface of the tiles, it's much harder to remove.
Common myths debunked
Myth #1: baking soda can be used to remove deep staining
This is part myth, part truth -- in some cases, baking soda can be an
effective stain remover. On carpet, it’s absolutely true. But on other
surfaces (particularly sensitive stone) the baking soda can 'burn' the
surface, causing even greater damage.
Myth #2: Cornﬂour poultices will draw out deep stains
Not really -- the white bread myth is actually more effective (leave a
piece of white bread to dry out and as it dries it will draw out the stain).
It will work on very light stains but won't resolve deep-seated stains.
Myth #3: All stains are the same, so just get a stain remover
Understanding what the stain is will determine how effective you can be
at removing it. Even if you buy a specialised stain remover it needs to be
for the right kind of stain -- most stain removers usually target stains that
are either greasy, coloured, or acid stains. If you get the wrong one for
your stain, it defnitely won’t work as well, and it may not work at all.
Different types of stains
There are a number of different stains that affect stone and tile
surfaces, and they include:
• Oil and grease
• Coloured stains (coffee, wine, soft drinks, hair dye, ink, felt pens,
nicotine, fruit juices)
• Acid aggression etch marks (wine, lemon juice, limescale remover)
• Paint, graffti
• Rust, sulphates and marks left by metals
• Glue, chewing gum, residue from adhesive tape, tree resin
• Mould, algae, moss and lichen
Fixing the problem:
How to remove oil and grease stains
From porcelain or ceramic tiles
FilaPS87 is a versatile product that can work as a general cleaner, stain
remover, or even a wax stripper depending on dilution.
Pour undiluted FilaPS87 directly onto the stain, and over the entire
surface of the tile. Allow to dry completely, then wash and rinse.
From natural stone or terracotta
FilaNoSpot removes oily and greasy stains from terracotta, natural
stone, pavers and concrete.
Spray FilaNoSpot onto the stain from a distance of 15cm. Leave
to dry for a few minutes. It will absorb grease deposits and then dry,
leaving a thin layer of white powder on the ﬂoor. Remove the powder
with a brush, then wipe with a wet cloth. Repeat application if traces
of the grease stain remain.
How to remove coloured stains
FilaSR95 removes coloured organic stains (such as wine, soft drinks,
coffee and tea) from any kind of surface.
Shake the can of FilaSR95 before use. Apply onto the stain,
ensuring it is completely covered. Leave to sit for about 15 minutes.
Remove residue with a sponge. For extremely stubborn stains it is
necessary to remove the product before it dries completely, and then
repeat the process.
How to remove acid etch marks*
*this advice only applies to calcium-based stone such as marble and limestone
The product to use depends on the size of the area to be treated. For
smaller areas, or awkward locations such as benchtops, vanities, tables,
steps and windowsills, use FilaMarbleRestorer. For larger areas, choose
The FilaMarbleRestorer kit is a step-by-step kit for smoothing and
then polishing etch marks. To smooth, add a small amount of water to
the etch mark, and then rub thoroughly with the Fila MarbleOne tool,
followed by the Fila MarbleTwo tool, and then the Fila MarbleThree
tool, adding more water when necessary. Wipe the water away. To
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How To: remove deep staining from stone and tiles
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