Whether you’re remodeling a bathroom or repairing existing marble tile, grouting wall tile is a necessary and often time-consuming task. However, by preparing yourself and being systematic, you can dramatically cut down on the time and effort it takes. Ultimately, by preparing your work area and gathering supplies, mastering grouting, and cleaning up excess grout, you’ll finish a seemingly overwhelming task quickly. In the end, whatever room your tile wall is in will look refreshed.
Get rid of nail polish stains with nail polish remover. Small spots of nail polish can be removed with the applicator attached to the lid of your bottle of nail polish remover. If the stain refuses to come off the ceramic tile, mix a solution with proportions 1:99 bleach to water. Dab a dishcloth in the mixture. Use the dishcloth to clean the nail polish. Alternately, dip a dishcloth in hydrogen peroxide and scrub the nail polish away. If using bleach, a mixture of 2 teaspoons (9.9 ml) bleach and 1 US quart (0.95 L) of water is typically appropriate.
Use paint remover against paint stains. Before you try to lift a paint stain from your ceramic tile, mop or wipe down the wood tile and allow it to dry. Apply the commercial paint remover according to manufacturer directions. Typically, this means applying a coat of paint remover with a paintbrush just as you would when painting. After about 30 minutes, the paint should be ready to wipe away with a damp paper towel. Open the windows of the area you’re working in to reduce inhalation of the toxic fumes paint removers give off.
Remove iodine with ammonia. Mix a few tablespoons of ammonia with an equal amount of water. Dampen a dishcloth with the solution. Scrub the iodine stain from your ceramic tile by pressing it and scrubbing in a back-and-forth method.