Oh, No. I Dropped Lime-away On My Marble Floor - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-05-2013, 07:55 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 114
Rewards Points: 75
Default

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?

Advertisement

momof2labs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,728
Rewards Points: 572
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


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.

Advertisement

__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 07:06 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 114
Rewards Points: 75
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


Quote:
Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
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.

momof2labs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
DIY staff

 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 22,271
Rewards Points: 3,182
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


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-------
__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oh'mike For This Useful Post:
momof2labs (04-15-2013)
Old 04-06-2013, 08:40 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 27,728
Rewards Points: 572
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


Got a picture?
__________________
When posting in forums, letting us know your location will help others give better feedback/advice/solutions to your questions
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 288
Rewards Points: 250
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


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.
__________________
Being human is the result of heredity.
Being humane is a matter of choice.
retired guy 60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 10:44 AM   #7
Member
 
ccarlisle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 1,889
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


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

Only remedy = polishing it out.
__________________
“The average American woman is about 25 pounds heavier than she was in 1960...Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately 1 in 3 Americans,”
ccarlisle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-2013, 11:41 AM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 288
Rewards Points: 250
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


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.
__________________
Being human is the result of heredity.
Being humane is a matter of choice.
retired guy 60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 114
Rewards Points: 75
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


Quote:
Originally Posted by retired guy 60 View Post
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!
momof2labs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 09:58 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 288
Rewards Points: 250
Default

oh, no. I dropped lime-away on my marble floor


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.

Advertisement

__________________
Being human is the result of heredity.
Being humane is a matter of choice.
retired guy 60 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to retired guy 60 For This Useful Post:
oh'mike (04-16-2013)
Reply

Tags
lime-away , stained marble floor


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fixing sealer on polished marble floor tile fatalvipe Flooring 1 01-22-2011 03:00 PM
Venetian Plaster FYI Plaster Ayn Painting 10 07-01-2010 12:26 AM
Noise, hollow, movement on cultured marble floor...need help? handfix2008 General DIY Discussions 8 11-04-2008 09:25 PM
Marble Floor - Good and Bad Help dcd22 Flooring 6 07-17-2007 01:07 AM
existing marble floor installation Fog80 Flooring 5 04-28-2007 08:45 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts