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Old 08-13-2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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Can't get stain out of tiles - help please!


Hi

Our outdoor tiles have been down for 7 years. Over time stains, like dirt tide marks, built up on the tiles near to the drain, when we washed the tiles the water use to pool here. The more we tried to clean these stains the worse they seem to have become. We tried 50/50 water and bleach, leaving the area wet over a period of 3 hours but that didn't work.

Today we called in a 'grout and tile doctor' but none of the chemicals he tried worked - he seemed to think dirt was seeping through the grout.

The tiles are sealed, he tested this.

Can anyone suggest something else we can try? I also contacted a natural stone restorer who suggested an acid mix would probably take it off but their charge was $450 for a 1x1m area so i'd like to see if I can do something myself.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have attached some photo's.

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Old 08-13-2010, 10:59 AM   #2
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Have you tried an acid-based cleaner like CLR?
http://www.jelmar.com/CLRbasic.htm

USe on a small section in a corner somewhere in case it leaves a mark. You don't want to compound the problem.

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try this: http://www.natural-stone.com/stainremoval.html
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:18 AM   #4
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Thanks for your replies. CLR didn't work.

Anyone have any idea how these stains happened? When I apply treatments its like they are not getting through to the stain.
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