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Old 11-29-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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How can I restore shine to ceramic tile I cleaned with scratch pad?

I got carried away with cleaning 10yr.-old ceramic tile on our kitchen floor and used the scratch pad side of sponge to clean it down to the original stone. Bad decision! The floor no longer has the subtle shine it had and my wife is very upset. I used a stone sealer after I cleaned the tiles but it had no effect. The tiles were actually matte-finish when we bought them, but they did have a slight patina that gave them a slightly polished look. How can I get the floor back to where it was? Can I restore it myself or do I need to get outside help?

In the doghouse now.
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Instead of buying a tile sealant, have you tried buying diamonds instead? Perhaps flowers to go along with it?

Do you have pics? I am concerned over the quality of the tile itself if a bit of scrubbing took off the top layer.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:55 PM   #3
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I can not believe that you just took off the shine. Do you see scratches and if so then that would make sense. Really some chocolates to go with the rest may help out. Not much can be done by you or a professional.
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Welcome to the forum, Bob. Sorry to hear.

The scrubbie pads I've seen and used that are mounted to a sponge aren't heavy duty enough to scratch the glazing from a ceramic tile. You sure the floor wasn't ever waxed? I've seen a few too many tile floors that are "kinna" shiny because they had a coat of wax on 'em.

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Hi Tonto

Some of those green scrubbies do contain silicon carbide, which is why they work so well and why we do not advise people use them for cleaning granite.

I'm thinking Bob is in for some early "Christmas" shopping
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:51 PM   #6
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Turns out the "scratch" problem had a fairly simple fix

As one of the posters suggested, I apparently didn't do a lot of harm to the basic glaze, although I did make the tiles "dull" for sure. I went to a tile shop and they suggested I try putting on a couple of coats of Mop 'n Glo. Got the same advice from a reputable hardware store.

Turns out it did the trick. I can still see places where I rubbed the tiles real hard with the scratch pad, but the overall appearance is shiny, not dull. So I'm out of the doghouse, for now, and bypassed the diamonds.

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Good old mop and glow. A restoration experts least best friend. Be advised that the mop and glow will eventually wear down, get embedded dirt and loose its luster.
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