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Old 03-31-2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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What kind of tile and how to clean?


Greetings everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of tile this was and how to clean/repair it. It seems the cleaner (lysol bathroom cleaner) that my housemate used to clean the shower walls had either left a residue or ate away at the wall. The white streaks feel like impressions into the tile and I'm worried on whether I have to sand it down or replace anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.




Greetings everyone,

I've been having trouble on where to post this so it might be found on another thread if I didn't successfully delete, but I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of tile this was and how to clean/repair it.

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It seems the cleaner (lysol bathroom cleaner) that my housemate used to clean the shower walls had either left a residue or ate away at the wall. The white streaks feel like impressions into the tile and I'm worried on whether I have to sand it down or replace anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!


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Well, unless you can tell us more, I for one can't tell what kind of tile that is from here, and I hesitate to make a verdict one way or the other because I have been fooled too many times; but I think the choices are a 'marble' - and I use that in its loosest meaning - and a ceramic/porcelain. Furthermore, we get no help from the cleaner situation: 'Lysol' bathroom cleaner is normally slightly acidic and therefore could damage a marble tile but that's not conclusive either.

The grout may be losing colour too if certain recolourants are used to spruce it up a bit. A long shot - but what do we know? Some grout "re-whiteners" are just latex paint and one good cleaning will make them come off. I don't think the grout is faulty...

If as you say the tile has been etched permanently by the Lysol, then that is probably a 'marble' tile and there is no way to remove that unless it is rehoned or repolished by a stone restoration expert. However if it is marble, then someone should have told you so and followed that by recommending you never use such products as Lysol to clean it. So someone screwed up. Doesn't matter who.

Now if you're real lucky, those are ceramic or porcelain tiles made to look like stone - you may be able to tell in finding some repeating pattern on the surface. If so, then any cleaner will clean them and the problem then belongs with the grout - or something put on the grout.
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