How to clean blackened patio tiles?
In stone, slab or tile, the terrace risks tarnishing and blackening over time, hence the importance of cleaning and maintaining your terrace regularly.
So here are my best cleaning tips and tricks for properly cleaning blackened and stained patio stones and slabs.
1. Clean a blackened terrace with baking soda
Baking soda with water is a great trick for cleaning blackened patio tiles.
Here’s how to do this cleaning trick:
- Add 3/4 cup of baking soda to 1 liter of hot water.
- Mix and brush the deck, paying particular attention to black spots and other stubborn stains.
- Rinse with cold water and repeat if you still notice black spots.
You can also use this trick to remove black stains, mold and moss from the joints of an exterior tile.
2. Clean stubborn stains with baking soda
Similar to baking soda, it is also possible to clean and remove black stains on a terrace with a mixture of water and sodium percarbonate.
You can follow these steps for cleaning a tiled, slab or slate terrace.
- Fill a bucket with lukewarm, slightly hot water.
- Add 4 tablespoons of percarbonate of soda to the water.
- Mix well and pour some liquid over the patio tiles.
- Brush the entire surface with a push broom, paying particular attention to the stains.
- Rinse with water and repeat to thoroughly clean the entire blackened decking surface.
You can use this tip for cleaning wooden, natural stone, smooth concrete, smooth slate or tiled terraces.
3. Cleaning a blackened terrace with black soap
Black soap is a cleaning product that you absolutely must have at home. In addition to being effective for cleaning the terrace, you will be able to use it for a multitude of household tasks in the house.
- Add a capful of liquid black soap to a bucket of warm water and mix well.
- Pour on the terrace and scrub with a push broom the entire surface of the terrace.
- Rinse with a strong jet of water to complete the cleaning.
The black soap trick is particularly effective for cleaning blackened natural stone and concrete surfaces.
Still no black soap at home?
Liquid black soap
- Natural cleaner to clean everything.
- For home and garden.
- Economical and environmentally friendly product.
Personally, I use liquid black soap to clean the glass of the insert, greasy surfaces in the kitchen and even to wash my barbecue. Very effective!
4. Clean a tiled terrace with joints
If you have a pretty tiled terrace, you probably know that cleaning is easy and requires little maintenance, unlike a wooden or stone terrace, for example.
To clean the tiles:
To clean blackened tiles, a simple soapy water is enough. For more stubborn stains mix soda crystals with water and scrub the stains.
To clean the seals:
Mix lemon juice with white vinegar, spray on the tile joints and scrub with a brush. This solution is effective in removing mold and green moss stains from joints.