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Old 10-24-2017, 07:32 AM   #1
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Help id this stone tile? And whatís happening to it?

Hi All,

Are you able to tell what type of stone tile this is?

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In the places where it is best preserved itís smooth and reflective. We had a cleaner do regular cleaning and they used a bleach based product (SoftScrub). It left the tile washed out looking and itís no longer glass smooth in some areas. Itís not coming through in the pictures very well, but here it is. Can I remedy this?

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Also, in the shower stall after the tile gets wet, I see streaks. They look like water streaks but donít disappear when wetted more. What could this be?

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Old 10-24-2017, 02:05 PM   #2
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Maxim,

From my desk it looks like travertine which was once gloss, but due to chemical and mechanical action has become honed.

The streaking is from the stone absorbing more water in some areas than others since any sealer has been eaten away with improper cleaning products.

What did you want to achieve?
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Old 10-24-2017, 02:11 PM   #3
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If possible, to get back to the glossy, sealed look that is in the first picture.


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I will defer to our resident stoners on restoring this shower. My solution is to replace the travertine with a nice porcelain that looks just like travertine.
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Old 10-24-2017, 07:06 PM   #5
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It looks like Jerusalem Gold limestone to me. It can definitely be brought back, find a reputable stone care/restoration company in your area.

Stop using soft scrub, squeegee walls and make sure there is no standing water on the floor when youíre finished.

Assuming daily use, the shower should be refinished ever 3-5 years, sealed annually.


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Old 10-24-2017, 07:07 PM   #6
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Hi, Maxim.

Sorry to hear.

It appears to have suffered physical damage. It can be fixed, but it's not something that can be fixed with a bottle of product. It's going to require a stone restoration specialist. Sorry.

Can you tell us which specific cleaner they used? At laser check, at least some of the SoftSctub products warn not to use on natural stone.
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Old 10-25-2017, 10:44 AM   #7
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It was Softscrub and Tilex non-bleach bathroom cleaner. The bathroom is at least 5 years since it was done, so it sounds like it's time for a good servicing. Can you recommend someone who specializes in natural stone restoration in Southwestern Connecticut area?
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Stoneshine. Stu Rosen is the owner and a frequent contributor on this forum. He is located in NJ, right outside the city. I know he does travel to CT occasionally, or he may have a recommendation for you.


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Old 10-25-2017, 03:01 PM   #10
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Hey Maxim...
I agree with whatís been stated thus far ...
Looks to me like Jerusalem stone.... pretty stine but tough to keep it pristine if polished.
I have some mixed opinions on soft stones ...I donít mind patina and even light etching in my own home. But, I also prefer a honed or brushed finish with an enhancer like Tenax Ager.
If you want polished you will certainly have far more upkeep challenges . And your day to day cleaning products must not contain anything acidic.
Nothing wrong with that but we qualify the daylights out of clients if they want that look with a calcium based or soft stone.
If you choose to hone the finish ( a good restoration co. Can do this )
I would make sure they finish with a honing powder that is readily available .
This ensures that In the future , should that company not be around or available, you can have virtually any good stone guy just go the the problem areas with the honing powder and the finish matches.
Same concept can be applied to polishing powders but itís far more tedious👍
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Old 10-25-2017, 07:13 PM   #11
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That's a limestone-like marbles,travertine and onyx it is a calcite based stone and is acid sensitive. It is also soft and if it has a polished finish can be dulled by soft scrub which contains some abrasive material. Bleach is a base chemical and wont harm calcite based stones generally(always test first). It was the soft scrub(abrasive) that gave you the hazy or duller finish. The shower stall walls may have had some disinfectant used on them(most disinfectants contain acidic chemicals) so you never want to use them on acid sensitive stone. Tilex products are not recommended for marble(on their labels) but that would have to include any calcite based stone. Calcite based stones because of their nature need to be maintained at some point. It would be impossible to live with them and not have them wear and etch. We consider this normal wear for these type stones and just like a wood floor require periodic refinishing (resurfacing) by a qualified contractor. The process is done using progressive grits of diamond abrasives and or other abrasive mediums along with honing or polishing compounds to restore the surfaces back to their original factory finish or a client specified finish. The process is dustless and a good contractor will mask and protect any areas they are working in. Your home will be in good hands and clean at the end of the job. Your stone will look like the day it was installed or better!
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I agree with Stu and yes it looks like Jerusalem gold to me also. Not a good choice for a shower
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