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Old 10-19-2006, 03:10 PM   #1
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White Marble Tile - Staining and Pulling In Grout Color

Hello Folks,

I have been working with Snowflake Marble Tiles from Emser. It is a white on white marble. Honed and polished 12x12.

I cut the tiles down to 4x8 to create a herring bone pattern.

This has been a slow project. And the the marble has been stored outside.

Some of the marble was rained on, and is now stained yellow.

While grouting, the surface of some of the stones has natural imprefections - fissures, and cracks etc.

I am grouting the white marble with a non-sanded seafoam green grout. The grout is now inside some of the fissures of the tiles. In someplaces the fissures run under the polished surface of the marble, so there is now some veining discoloring.

a) Can I use anything to clean the yellowish stained tiles ?
b) What recommendations (if any) from removing the green grout which is now inside of the marble, without making a bigger problem ?

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PS - Grout went up in just the last couple of hours.
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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I don't think there is much you can do, Dave. The yellowish stains are iron oxide, inherent in the stone. Green grout stains everything it touches. It's no wonder you're having problems with white marble tiles. I'm going to move this to the restoration forum.
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Old 10-19-2006, 04:59 PM   #3
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I would agree with John, i think you're sunk. The one thing that removes rust,or almost, will etch the polish off it also.The rust is inside your stone and i think it impossible to remove.I would look into removing the yellow ones, and replacing them and sealing the raw edges to prevent grout bleeding.
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Old 10-20-2006, 06:12 AM   #4
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Hi Dave

Can you post a picture?

Rust stains can be removed with a poultice. Prosoco makes one that doesn't always etch the polish. The green dye is another story. Without seeing a picture, It's difficult to give advice. It's possible that the floor can be restored.
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Old 10-20-2006, 09:55 AM   #5
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I'm trying to dog you man but for everyone else who reads this.
Stay away from the green, red, blue and unnatural colors of grout.
And see what happened to the marble that was stored in a wet environment?
(your shower maybe) If you have the staff around that will clean it like it was the Empress Hotel go for it. If not use something else
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Old 10-20-2006, 11:55 AM   #6
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Hey Guys,

Its a learning experience.... Just happens to be an expensive one. This is why I stick to telling attorneys what to do... That and the fact that my body doesn't like to be kneeling working on floors and walls !


The marble is on the walls, between to the floor and chair rail in the bathroom.

The only place to get regularly hit with water, will be about 18" above the alcove tub. (Those tiles are not set yet).

As for colored grout..... Well dang, I did a herringbone pattern on the walls, with 4x8 tiles I cut from 12x12 tiles (Thing 40%+ wastage), inset with glass 2x2--- I had to do colored grout just to show off what an idiot I was for creating such a complex tiling pattern.


I will try to post some photos later today to show off my creative blunders !


Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-21-2006, 08:33 PM   #7
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Don't beat yourself up, i've seen tradesmen, decorators, and architects with many years experience do the same thing.
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