How Using Soap and Water?

Clean off any debris first. You don’t want to scrub leaves or dirt into the stone if you can help it. Sweep the area with a broom or wipe it down with a clean cloth to get it ready for scrubbing. Mix dish soap and water in a bucket. Pour in 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) or so of dish soap, then fill up the rest of the bucket with water.

Slosh it around a little to mix the soap into the water. You just need enough dish soap to make the water sudsy. Scrub the area with a scrubbing broom or brush. Dip the brush or broom into the mixture, getting it thoroughly wet. Scrub the stone in a circular motion, making sure you scrub all of the tiles thoroughly.

Dip the brush back into the mixture as it gets grimy. If you need to, wash the brush or broom out with a hose or in the sink. On stubborn areas, you can try a solution of half water, half vinegar or lemon juice. Rinse off inside areas with clean water. Once you’ve scrubbed down the whole area, dump out your bucket and fill it with clean water.

Rinse out your brush or broom, then go over the tile or counter to rinse the soap off. On a counter, you can also use a clean cloth to rinse it off. Spray outside areas with a small nozzle to get off dirt and caked-on grime. Attach a small sidewalk sweeper nozzle to the end of your hose.

Turn the hose on full blast and run the thin stream of water over your window or door features or patio tile. Rinse all the soap and dirt off until the area is completely clean. You can find these nozzles at your home improvement store. You can also use a power washer, but it can scour the stone if you’re not careful.

How Staining Your Cement Floor?

Check if your cement floor has been sealed. You can do a water test to make sure the concrete surface will absorb the stain that you’ll be applying. Pour water onto the concrete. If it is absorbed into the surface, this means the surface will be able to absorb the stain.

Remove the sealer if a puddle of water forms on the surface. Use a commercial paint stripper to get rid of the sealer. Once the sealer is removed, repeat the water test before applying the stain. Clean your concrete surface thoroughly. It is important to make sure there is no debris or dirt on the concrete surface.

Use a commercial cleaner and scrub the surface with a broom. Rinse the surface with water until there is no more soapy residue. Remove any excess water with a mop. Wear eye protection and waterproof gloves. When working with stains it is important to stay safe. Read the safety instructions and always use eye protection and gloves.

Apply the stain 24 inches (60 cm) above the surface. Check the spray pressure in a bucket before applying to the surface, then apply evenly to your surface area. Don’t overapply the stain to your surface. Remove any pools of liquid with a sponge.

Apply a sealer to protect your stain. The surface that has been stained should be dry before applying a sealer. Wait for at least an hour before applying to the stained area. Use a paintbrush to cover the edges with a sealer. This will protect any surrounding walls and allow for a more precise seal of the surface. Start at the top edge of the cement area and work your way around all the edges with a paintbrush.

How to Clean Pool Tile?

How you clean your tiles depends on what kind of calcium build-up they have. If your tiles only contain calcium carbonate scaling (minimal build-up), then use a pumice stone or a nylon bristle brush to remove scaling, mildew, and grime. However, if your pool tiles contain calcium silicate scaling, you may need to use a steam pressure washer or an acid solution to clean your pool tiles. If this is you, make sure to take the necessary precautions to prevent injury and harm.

Use a pumice stone cleaning calcium carbonate scaling. Because calcium carbonate scaling is white and flakey, it is easy to remove with a pumice stone. You can purchase pumice stones from your local pool maintenance store or online. Pumice stone is safe to use on hard surfaces such as tile and concrete. It can be used on both concrete and plaster pools. Do not use pumice stone on vinyl or fiberglass pools.


Try a nylon bristle brush. Use a nylon brush if your tiles are glass, ceramic or porcelain. A nylon brush will not scratch these tiles. As an alternative, you can use a 3M blue or white nylon scrub pad. Spray a releaser. Releasers, such as the Ocean Care Calcium Releaser, will soften the calcium for removal. The Ocean Care Calcium Releaser is acid-free, biodegradable, and non-toxic, making it safe to use without having to drain your pool completely.

Scrub the tile in a circular motion. Scrub the tiles until deposits, mildew, and build-up are gone. If using a pumice stone, make sure both the tile and the stone are wet at all times while cleaning. This will prevent any scratching. You may wear latex gloves to protect your hands while cleaning, but it is not necessary.

How to Installing New Pool Tiles?

Mix up a batch of swimming pool thinset repair mortar. Follow the instructions on the packaging to measure and mix the mortar and water. Use a trowel to stir the mixture in a plastic container or metal bowl. Keep adjusting the proportions as needed until the mixture reaches a spreadable, peanut butter-like consistency. Stir well to get rid of any lumps.

The thick, spreadable consistency will help keep the mortar from dripping into the pool water. Some thinset mortars also come with a bonding agent, which increases the adhesive quality. Mix equal parts mortar and bonding agent, then add water until the mixture thickens to a creamy, spreadable texture.

Spread a 1⁄8 inch (0.32 cm) layer of thinset on the back of the new pool tile. With your trowel, scoop up a daub of thinset and smooth it out over the entire back of the swimming pool tile, all the way up to the edges. Line the tile up on the pool wall so it matches any existing pattern, then press it firmly against the beam. Thinset dries quickly, so make sure to place the marble tile immediately after covering the back.

Keep the marble tiles in place while they dry for 24-48 hours. Check on the tiles’ progress every 10 minutes for 1-2 hours to see if they’ve slipped down the pool wall. If any small tiles slip, simply slide them back up and press them into place. For larger onliy tiles, you should duct tape them into place while they dry. 24 hours should be enough to dry the thinset mortar, but waiting up to 48 hours will let it cure and harden even more.

Use waterproof mosaic tile grout to fill in the spaces between the wood tiles. Load up a flexible spreader with grout and push the product between the tiles. Once you’ve filled up the space, let the grout set for 10-15 minutes, then use wet your hands and gently rub at any excess grout smeared on the tiles.

To avoid dropping any daubs of grout into the pool, work with small amounts at a time. If the dried-on grout is stubborn, wait 24 hours and scrub the tiles with a stiff brush to polish and remove any haze. After letting the grout dry for 24 hours, you can refill the pool and enjoy the product of your hard work.