Phyllis asked: I spilled vinyl cleaner on my 16-year old terracotta floor, and it is filmy and discolored. What can I do to remove the stain?
Most stains on porous surfaces like terracotta can be removed with a simple poultice. Although you can sometimes make your own, there are other times when a commercially prepared formula is just right for the job. For proven results on oily or filmy stains, give this method a try.
You Will Need:
- AQUA MIX Poultice Stain Remover
- Plastic wrap
- Plastic putty knife
- Masking tape
- Bucket or bowl
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Mix stain remover powder with water to create a thick paste. Read the directions for specifics related to your stain, including thickness and quantity of paste.
- Apply a layer of poultice about ¼” thick over the stain. Make sure you apply the poultice at least 1” beyond the edges of the stain.
- Cover the poultice with plastic wrap.
- Poke a few very small holes in the plastic wrap with a toothpick.
- Tape the edges of the plastic wrap down. This keeps the poultice moist.
- Wait 24-48 hours. During this time, the poultice will absorb the stain out of the floor. The poultice will also begin to dry.
- Remove plastic wrap.
- Use a plastic putty knife to break the dry poultice loose.
- Rinse any remaining traces of poultice off with clean water.
- Repeat if necessary.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Always read the label before using a new product.
- Terra-cotta may appear dark after the poultice is removed. This is a normal result of absorbing moisture. It should fade in 2-4 days as the terra-cotta dries.