How to remove cement stains? View our tips

Dried cement stains are extremely stubborn and require specific treatment. The sooner you do it, the easier it will be to remove the cement stains or mortar residues. On this page we share a number of convenient tips on how to remove cement  from tiles and other surfaces. Your surface will look like new.

The most common causes of cement residues and how to prevent them


Cured cement is often difficult to remove. Prevention is better than the cure. Cement and mortar residues are often produced whilst doing jobs. A bucket falls over or the cement drops from the tools. This produces major stains. Small splashes don't look good either. 

Efflorescence is a thin film of grout that can stay behind on wall or floor tiles. It forms a film over the tiles and produces a haze. The longer you wait with cleaning a new tile floor or wall, the more difficult the tile mortar removal is.

How to remove cement from tiles: 2 DIY tips

Various tips are shared on the internet on how to remove cement residue from tiles. HG has a selected a number on your behalf. You can try to use these to remove cement or mortar residues. 

Remember, these are DIY tips. Use these products with caution and test them in advance. If you want to remove cement stains  safely and effectively and strengthen your grout at the same time, use HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover.

how to remove cement stains1. Remove cement stains or mortar with vinegar

Cement on a floor dissolves in acid, so that's why you can use vinegar. Be very careful with calciferous stone types, such as marble. Marble can be affected by acid. Silicone edges, in the bathroom for example, can also be damaged by vinegar.

Try to remove the cement stains or mortar residue with one part vinegar and one part warm water. Then you brush this solution onto the surface. Leave to absorb and then rinse with clean water.

2. Remove cement stains with sandpaper or a scraper

Depending on the type of surface, you can remove cement stains and mortar stains with sandpaper or a scraper. It is not possible to remove cement from bricks or other rough stones with sandpaper, but you can treat wood or other surfaces with sandpaper. Really smooth surfaces, such as bathroom tiles or mirrors, are treated with a scraper.

HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover to remove cement stains

remove cement stainsProducts, such as vinegar, sandpaper or a scraper, are convenient as an emergency solution but they are not always terribly effective. They can also damage the surface. With HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover you remove cement stains quickly, safely and effectively. The cement is dissolved, but the cement from the grouting remains intact and is even strengthened.

The product removes efflorescence and mortar stains from porous and non-porous ceramic tiles and flagstone and is also suitable for non-calciferous natural stone. Including Norwegian slate, granite and quartzite. 

HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover cannot be used for calciferous natural stone, such as marble, travertine, bluestone, various types of slate and concrete tiles or concrete floors. For those you need HG natural stone cement & lime film remover.

This is how you use HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover to remove cement stains and mortar residues:

  1. First clean the surface that requires treatment with clean water.
  2. Dissolve half a litre of HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover in 5 litres of water.
  3. Then apply the solution liberally with a mop or floor cloth.
  4. Scrub the stains with a scrubbing brush or stiff broom.
  5. Leave to absorb for a few minutes and then scrub properly once more.
  6. Then mop up the solution and wring out the mop regularly.
  7. Mop the floor thoroughly with clean water another 2 or 3 times.
    • For more intensive cement or mortar residues, a stronger solution can be made of 1 litre of this product to 4 litres of water. For more information about this product, visit the product page: HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover. Besides this product for removing stubborn cement and mortar residues safely, the HG range for tile floors also contains many different products for the optimum care of your floor. To find out which HG products you need to protect and nourish your tile floor in the best possible way, consult our HG tile floors treatment matrix.

How do I avoid cement stains after grouting?

To prevent cement or mortar stains, you can put down a plastic sheet whilst you work. Ideal for floors, stairs or gardens. Make sure you always have enough room to work. That way you prevent cement from falling over or you tripping over.

Frequently Asked Questions about removing cement stains

Can I prevent cement stains?

You can prevent some cement stains with the right preparation. Make sure you have enough room to move and always put down a plastic sheet.

How do I remove cement stains or mortar stains?

Products, such as vinegar, sandpaper or a scraper, are useful as an emergency solution for removing cement residues but they are not always terribly effective. They can also damage the surface. With HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover you remove cement stains quickly, safely and effectively.

Which HG product can I use to remove cement stains?

HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover removes stubborn cement and mortar residues from all types of porous and non-porous tiles and flagstone, but also from non-calciferous natural-stone types, such as Norwegian slate, granite and quartzite.

Can I use HG cement, mortar & efflorescence remover or vinegar for calciferous surfaces?

No. These products are not suitable for calciferous natural stone, such as marble, travertine, bluestone, nor for various types of slate, concrete tiles or concrete floors. For more information about removing cement stains, visit our product page.


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