Using an Oscillating Tool to Scrub Tile

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Forum topic by ramone posted 06-12-2015 09:26 PM 1126 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2015 09:26 PM

Hello I just bought a Makita oscillating tool for the many things it can do … that i need to do … and one of them is cleaning built-up, hard water stains on my shower tiles.

Since the oscillator is excellent for sanding i would like to use it to scrub my tiles. I’ve used pumice stones on the tiles in the past to good effect, and with no abrasive damage to the tile .. but it’s a LOT OF WORK : ( ... but if there was a pumice-grit-sand paper … well that would be WONDERFUL : )

Does anyone know of anything like that or have any suggestions regarding my problem?


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#1 posted 06-12-2015 09:34 PM

You might reference Makita’s website as they no doubt have a plethora of different grits and attachments for your oscillating tool. The aftermarket too is well saturated with options. It sounds like your best bet would be to figure out what grit the pumice stone is that you have had previous success with and get a wet/dry paper of the same and test it first in an inconspicuous area in case the results are not as planned.

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#2 posted 06-12-2015 09:42 PM

How bout using one of those scrubby sponges like you wash pans with? It should stick to the tool face while you scrub the walls.

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#3 posted 06-13-2015 05:54 AM

... good suggestions! Thanks : )

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#4 posted 06-13-2015 11:36 AM

I used a stiff bristled brush and a mixture of Oxyclean and water to clean my shower (the powder in the tub you buy in the laundry detergent section). So far it has done the best job to get rid of rust and hard water staining, especially in the grout. Previously I used Kaboom type stuff, but the smell will knock you out. Wear rubber gloves – it will dry your skin out.

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#5 posted 06-13-2015 02:19 PM

A mild mix of Meriatic acid mixed in water will be a better option then an abrasive.

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#6 posted 06-13-2015 02:33 PM

Muriatic acid will dissolve the tile grout, has powerful fumes that will be dangerous.
Have you tried a product called LIME AWAY?


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#7 posted 06-14-2015 12:30 PM

White vinegar works too.

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