How To Clean Red Mud, Paint & Other Stains Off Tile

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See how horrible my entryway floor looked? It’d been this way since we moved in two years ago. Despite my desperate attempts to scrub it clean.

Some genius sprayed kilz or something over the tile in my entryway and laundry room, and sealed in the red mud stains. I thought I’d NEVER get it clean.

That is. Until yesterday.

We’re hosting a Bible study here tonight, so I’ve been cleaning like crazy. Okay… there might be a little bit of obsessive nesting mixed in as well.

Needless to say, the stained tile was driving me nuts.

After mopping and scrubbing and nothing really making any difference, it suddenly occurred to me to try Jerry’s orange scented hand scrubber stuff. It gets oil and gunk off… I figured it might work! After checking out the back of the bottle I found that not only is it good for cleaning dirty hands, it’s also great for removing laundry stains and general household cleaning needs. Yeah, but could it clean my tile? It promised to remove soils and paint among other things, so I thought I’d put it to the test.

I squirted a small amount of the cleaner onto one tile square, and using a scrubby sponge, I scrubbed in a circular motion.

And what do you know. My tile was actually white under there.

Who knew?!

I cleaned half of the floor to see the difference. I was so excited, I called the kids over to see. Jada was sweet and humored me by sharing in my amazement.

But seriously. Look at that!!!!

I scrubbed and scrubbed some more until each and every tile sparkled like it was brand new again.

I LOVE THIS STUFF!!

Oh, if you guys only knew how utterly impossible this job seemed to be!

It’s called Fast Orange, and although it isn’t all natural, it is nontoxic, biodegradable, and smells SO good.

If you have stained tile I’d highly, highly recommend giving this a try. I still have to touch up the corners, but I just can’t get over how well this cleaner worked. It’s my new favorite.


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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

22 Comments

  1. I am distraught over staining my beautiful ceramic counter tops with red clay. I put a container of water that I had been using during clay class on the counter without a top of course and my husband knocked it over while doing dishes. I hope I can find these products at my local WalMart. I live in Mexico.

  2. So glad to hear from you. I did not have any Fast Orange. i DID HAVE A ONE DOLLAR BOTTLE OF aWSOME, FROM dOLLAR gENERAL. i SPRAYED IT ON A DRY FLOOR. uSED A SCOWER DRY PAD WIPED EACH SECTION WITH A WET/SHAM. wONDERFUL rESULTS. mO WASHING OUT A MOP JUST THE SHAM. i JUST CAME IN FOR LUNCH. mY dOGHOUSE IS 16 BY16 FEET. tWO STORY. i JUST WORKED ON UPSTAIRS. tHANKS pATTY i RAISE kING carles Cavaliers.

  3. Did you use this on a dry or wet floor. What did you use to get up the excess cleaner. Again, wet or dry I have a large floor to clean and need all the help i can get. Thanks

  4. I know this is a really old post, but I just read it and wanted to share my experience. In our old garage apartment we had a white vinyl tile entry that was horribly stained. I used straight-up bleach cleaner spray (the kind from Dollar Tree) on it! Worked like a champ. I know some people do not like chemicals, and even if you’re okay with them, the bleach smell *is* overwhelming – Simple Green is another good alternative. It is natural and works wonders, and has a nice minty fragrance.

  5. Wow! That is quite a transformation! I’ll have to keep that in mind. My dad uses that stuff to scrub up after he’s been working on cars.

  6. Oooooooooomigoodness, that is UH-MAZING. Seriously… I’m so happy FOR you. LOL, it really is the simple things in life that bring the most joy. 🙂

  7. This is brilliant! I was looking for something to clean the shower pans because of the years of accumulated dirt I could not get out of the texture. Bleach would not do it and I did not want to use those horrible chemicals.
    I just tried it and it works with a lot of “elbow grease”. So I got out my mini mouse sander and put the nylon scrub pad on it and IT WORKS like a dream. I am careful not to get shocked. 🙂
    Thanks for the idea. I had a huge container of Gojo that was YEARS old under the sink and it was perfect.

  8. WOW – I thought your tile was just “SUPPOSE” to look like that (from the photo :)…AMAZING!!! I’ve GOT to check into some of that…especially for one of my FAVORITE shirts that has a grease food stain on it…waah! 🙂

  9. Love that stuff! It’s the only cleaner I’ve found that will take oil/grease marks from food out of clothing. I have to let my sister know about tile though…hers drives her NUTS with the red mud.

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