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How do you remove smudges from floor tiles?

ANSWER - First you need to determine what caused the smudges on the tile in order to determine how to remove them. If you have a polished porcelain tile there is a condition known as…

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Acid Etching Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance Stains

How do I remove acid etch stains on my ceramic pool tiles?

Answer - Unfortunately when you acid etch the surface of a glazed tile it chemically alters the glaze and it can't be restored. If the etched area is contrasting in color to the tile color,…

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How long will it take for Limestone to Dry from being wet, and will the dark spots go away?

ANSWER - There are 3 subcategories of limestone per ASTM C568.   Their physical properties vary from being vary porous to very low absorbing. How fast the limestone will dry depends on how absorbing it is,…

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How do I remove the stains in my Granite Floor Tiles?

ANSWER - The dark color spots could possibly be due to underlying moisture below the granite tiles or they could be stains in the granite tiles. Granite is suppose to be technically impervious meaning low…

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Why is my Bluestone Patio Tiles coming Loose and Have Efflorescence?

ANSWER - If the flagstone shaped Bluestone is loose and has excessive efflorescence staining then it wasn't installed correctly.   If the patio had been designed correctly and the stone installed properly it should perform well…

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What is the cause of my grout staining, and how can I remove the stain?

ANSWER - You didn't mention what kind of tile you had.  Natural stone of various types are known to contain ferrous oxide that can lead to staining in the tile or the adjacent grout. Since…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Expert Answers Maintenance

What is the best way to clean my Ceramic Tile Floor?

ANSWER - The best way to clean a ceramic tile floor is to purchase a neutral based cleaner/detergent and apply it to the floor.  Let it sit for 10 minutes or so.  Then use a…

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How can we restore a tile floor that was etched to be more slip resistant?

ANSWER - The trade-off of etching a tile floor to make it more slip resistant is that it will alter the appearance of the tile and the tile can be come more difficult to clean…

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile cleaning Efflorescence Staining Expert Answers Maintenance Stains

How to Remove and Prevent Efflorescence from Coming Back?

ANSWER - Severe efflorescence is a symptom of an excessive moisture problem.  Removing the efflorescence stain is treating the symptom rather than the problem. Efflorescence is a mineral stain.  Minerals are forms of salts that…

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Why do I now have Problems with my Limestone After it was Cleaned and Re-Sealed?

ANSWER - Refinishing or restoration of stone floors is a common maintenance process.  There are many levels and degrees of what that might involve. Typically the stone floor will be cleaned with cleaning solutions and…

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