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Old 07-10-2017, 10:37 AM   #1
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Fire/smoke damage. Salvage or demo?

I've got a rough slate bathroom with significant smoke damage. There was no contact with actual fire but probably significant heat. It was installed less than a year ago sealed with 511 products I think...
If we can get it cleaned without destroying it (It's the cheap flaky stuff) can it be sealed again?
Restoration folks have struggled to remove smell from other things.

Bottom line... restore, what products? Cut losses and start over?

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Welcome, AJ.
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(It's the cheap flaky stuff)
Sounds to me like a very good opportunity for an upgrade to a better tile.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Did any water get to it?
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Negative, no water contact relating to the fire.
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Hi AJ,

Yes, if you can get it clean it can certainly be sealed again.
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Old 07-12-2017, 06:53 PM   #6
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Have you tried cleaning with one of those foam rubber cleaning sponges? They're called "Soot Erasers" and are meant to clean the soot from chimney bricks. You use them dry. Take a look at Google to see what I'm talking about. Box stores carrry them.

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Thanks!

That rubber soot remover sounds great.

I tried a purple product I got from a pro cleaning friend and a soft brush. (Due to timeline I needed to get the first layer or two off). It already looks better than I imagined. However now I can see cracks in my grouted, almost all of it... I assume caused by expansion and contraction from the heat.

There is still some significant discoloration, staining or something going on in the horizontal groute lines and places where the sealer might have pooled up a little?

I'll look for a soot eraser. I'm thinking the problems my be more to do with the sealer than the tile... I think I'll start looking for an acid wash to try and strip the old stuff off before I reseal?

Right track...? Product recommendations?

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AJ,

While acid might help out on this job, I wouldn't be so quick to grab acid thinking it will help strip the sealer. Acid does not clean. Acid eats. Your sealer does not need to be hit with acid. Sealer is generally stripped with an alkaline cleaner. Using acid might make more of your "cheap flaky slate" go away than you'd like.

Would you be willing to share a picture or two?

And I realize you're trying to move this along, so I'll add this really good advice: TEST! Test anything you're intending on doing in a small area before you apply it to the whole job. I don't know what "purple product" you used. But if it's a liquid, you may or may not have driven a portion of your problem deeper into the stone. If that's the case, the soot eraser will be far less effective. I'm not saying you messed somehting up. But restoration can be a pain in the posterior. You'll get the best results when you avoid using any and every suggestion you get without some testing ahead of time. Even experienced pros pull their hair out on stuff like this.

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