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Old 05-14-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hi guys - was able to finish up a 400sqft tile job in my dining room. For some reason, one of the tiles has a "bucket ring" that has somehow affixed itself to my tile! I made sure to use cardboard underneath so as to NOT drag the bucket. I'm pretty sure it's from a thinset bucket, but I could be wrong. It's either that or the sponge bucket when wiping off the actual thinset.

Any ideas how to get rid of this? Any old wives tales perhaps? I've used floor cleaner, the Shark floor steamer and a variety of nylon scrub pads to no avail.

I have yet to put the floor sealer on there and was curious to know if once I apply the floor sealer, will that ring be masked by the floor sealer because once the tiles are wet, you can't even see the ring.

Would appreciate some input from those of you who might've come across this issue in the past. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:24 AM   #2
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Try hot soapy water with a splash of vinegar--

What tile sealer are you talking about?

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Hi Mike, thanks for the response.

The floor sealer I'm referring to is some type of DuPont sealant that you apply to the tile to give it a semi-permanent sheen/shine. Essentially, it makes the tiles appear "wet" when actually it's the sealer that is giving that effect.

I have already applied the grout sealer, but didn't want to apply the floor sealer until I was positive that this bucket ring wouldn't show through. Man, for the life of me I have no idea how it got on there so it's very frustrating! I'll give it a go with the vinegar however and see if I get lucky
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Before you apply the 'miracle' tile sealer--find out how to strip it off.

Tile is not absorbent,so your tile sealer will be a coating on top of the glaze,

Thus,it will wear off in the traffic areas and look like a mess--you will then need to strip off the old and reapply---why didn't you simply pick a tile with a glaze that was shiny?
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