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Old 08-24-2006, 07:53 PM   #1
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Remove stains from slate in shower?

Hi everyone -

I'm completely new to this and hoping someone can help out. We recently moved into our new home with great slate bathrooms. We noticed some dark stains on the slate shower walls when we moved in...and now there are more. I know at least one is from runoff from our soap dish, so I imagine that the others may be from shampoo, etc. I tried to remove/clean with bathroom cleaner (Tilex) but it didn't work.

The previous owner told me that they had sealed the slate, but I don't know what they used.

Any thoughts? What should I try to remove the stains? How should I clean it going forward? Should I reseal?

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Old 08-25-2006, 11:37 AM   #2
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hope this works

I am having the same issue in my shower that you have. The only thing I have found to be of any use is a web site STONECARE COM if you go to that and click on "problem solving" and then click on "removing soap scum"
There is a product on there that I have ordered but have not used yet. I am waiting for my order and hopefully this will work. Good luck!!!
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Old 08-25-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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Hi Guys, Welcome!

How about sharing some first names with us?

You both need to start with a tile & stone specific high alkaline cleaner. The Stone Tech product that we have available online from our TYW Store is KlenzAll. The SCI product from Stone Care would be Quest. They both need to be diluted, and followed by a thorough rinsing.
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Hi Desiree.

Quote:
The only thing I have found to be of any use is a web site STONECARE COM
So tell me now, if that is so then why are you here??

Advertising purposes maybe?
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Old 08-25-2006, 09:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for your help. I'll definitely give KlenzAll a try. After that, should I reseal to prevent future stains? What would you all recommend for a slate shower?

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Old 08-26-2006, 12:34 AM   #6
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Hi Josh

It depends on what kind of slate you have. Do you want the wet look, or natural. Let's go over some of the options you have.
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Old 08-26-2006, 09:13 AM   #7
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I don't know the exact type of slate, but the color is brown/green/grey and it's cut 12" x 12". We'd want a more natural look (which is how it is today). Does this help?

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Old 08-30-2006, 07:42 AM   #8
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Based on your suggestions, I'm thinking of going with:
- KlenzAll to remove the existing stains
- Heavy Duty Stone Sealer to reseal with a natural look
- Revitalizer cleaner to clean/protect on a regular basis

A couple of questions:
- will the sealer change the color of the stone? We have the same slate stone in the shower and on the bathroom floor/walls so I'm wondering if I'll need to seal all of it.
- is the Revitalizer cleaner the best to use for showers? Can it (or should it) be used regularly?

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Old 08-30-2006, 08:12 PM   #9
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Hi Josh

The sealer shouldn't change the color of the slate after it dries (thus natural look).

I would certainly seal all of it.

Yes, Revitalizer can be used daily, and would be great in a shower location.
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:42 PM   #10
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If I were you, I would take all the previous advice and switch one thing.

The sealer: BulletProof sealer by StoneTech.


In area where there is constant water present, dirty soapy water at that, It wont hurt to put down the little bit better sealer. It will pay off in the long run. Same natural look, just a stronger sealer!

Still clean with Klenzall and rinse very well though before you apply.
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Old 08-31-2006, 05:29 AM   #11
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Hi Darrell

The only reason I didn't suggest Bulletproof is there has been some issues with fogging on darker material. I wouldn't want someone to do all this work, and then ruin the job.
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Old 08-31-2006, 08:31 AM   #12
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hobokenjosh Said:

I don't know the exact type of slate, but the color is brown/green/grey and it's cut 12" x 12". We'd want a more natural look (which is how it is today). Does this help?

Doitright Said:

The only reason I didn't suggest Bulletproof is there has been some issues with fogging on darker material. I wouldn't want someone to do all this work, and then ruin the job.


I agree with you doitright even though I only saw this happen once. I just saw the colors above and was thinking earth tones without the darker ones.

Great attention to detail!
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:44 PM   #13
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Hi again -

Based on your suggestions, I cleaned our slate shower with KlenzAll. It did a great job and removed most of the stains, though there are two stubborn spots remaining - 1) a stain from the runoff of our soap disk, and 2) a stain caused by shaving cream that was left on the wall for a few days. I tried recleaning but they still won't come out.

Any suggestions? Would the Stonetech Oil Stain Remover do the trick?

Thanks again!

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