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momof2labs 04-05-2013 06:55 AM

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor
 
Hello all:
Recently when I was cleaning my toilet w/ lime-away, I splattered it on my marble floor. I didn't discover it until days later. Now it seems the droplets have stained the marble floor. I have used 2 different sealers trying to get it up with no luck.

Any suggestions?

joecaption 04-05-2013 07:34 AM

Marble is a very poris tile.
Not sure why you would be trying to use a sealer to remove a stain.
Your just sealing the stain into the tile.
May be to late now to get the stain out.
You were using an acid to clean with so it should have been nutralized with something like baking soda then sucked up with a shop vac or at least blotted up.

momof2labs 04-06-2013 06:06 AM

Great minds think alike!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1152812)
Marble is a very poris tile.
Not sure why you would be trying to use a sealer to remove a stain.
Your just sealing the stain into the tile.
May be to late now to get the stain out.
You were using an acid to clean with so it should have been nutralized with something like baking soda then sucked up with a shop vac or at least blotted up.

Dear JoeCaption:
I was thinking of using the Dremel with a soft head with soda thinking more that it would polish the marble. Great advice. Thanks.

:thumbsup:

oh'mike 04-06-2013 06:26 AM

You may need to polish the marble---------marble dissolves when touched with an acid---
So the surface is now damaged.

There are polishing kits available----do a Google search-------

joecaption 04-06-2013 07:40 AM

Got a picture?

retired guy 60 04-06-2013 08:54 AM

How may tiles are affected? Do you have or can you purchase replacements? You may not be able to polish out the stain but it is worth the try.
Limeaway contains hydrochloric acid (HCl) and likely there was a chemical reaction (not good news) when it came in contact with the marble. It would not hurt to call the manufacturer at 1 800 228 4722. All of the big compaies that make products similar to this one have chemists on hand. Maybe one can steer you in the right direction. In any case the sealer needs to be removed. Good luck.

ccarlisle 04-06-2013 09:44 AM

It is not a 'stain'; it's an 'etch'...

Only remedy = polishing it out.

retired guy 60 04-06-2013 10:41 AM

I figured it was an etch but the OP called it a stain. It will be very difficult to grind or buff out an etch and still be happy with the results. A stain would have been easier to deal with. The OP should run his/her finger over the surface and confirm that it is no longer smooth. This will confirm an etch.

momof2labs 04-15-2013 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by retired guy 60 (Post 1153485)
I figured it was an etch but the OP called it a stain. It will be very difficult to grind or buff out an etch and still be happy with the results. A stain would have been easier to deal with. The OP should run his/her finger over the surface and confirm that it is no longer smooth. This will confirm an etch.


Hi Retired Guy 60: It is an etch! I learned something new. Since I moved I haven't found my dremel. I will follow up with the manufacturer. Excellent advice. Thanks!

retired guy 60 04-15-2013 08:58 PM

momof2labs,
I am sorry to say that a dremel will not remove the etch. And since it is an etch, the manufacturer of Limeaway will not be able to provide any useful info. You will need to polish out the etch and even then I don't know if you will be satisfied with the results. My first thought is to try a random orbit sander. When all is said and done, you might decide that replacing the damaged marble is the best (though most difficult to accomplish ) solution. Unfortunately accidents like this happen. I am certain the guys who post here could tell you stories of bloopers that occured at the hands of seasoned pros that ended up being costly and time consuming to repair. As they say, stuff happens.


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