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Unread 05-12-2005, 10:26 PM   #1
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clean new tile help...

i have new limestone tile and it is really hazy....when i rub real hard i can see a polished finish. how do i polish such a tile and when? before i install, before i grout, after grout? can someone please help.....what kinda sealer to use? floor and shower.
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Unread 05-13-2005, 05:30 AM   #2
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Scott, I moved your thread over here so the right people will see it.
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Unread 05-13-2005, 06:15 AM   #3
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Hi Scott, Welcome!

Can you post a picture?

Did you install this job? Are you a pro or homeowner?

What did the stone look like before you installed it? (I'm sensing from your post that it's not installed yet.)

I have seen some limestone that still has chunks and clumps of deposits right out of the box. Some also have this film you're referring to (out of the box). If that's the case, I would notify the homeowner first. If approved for install, I would install, the use one coat impregnating sealer (some guys do this before install), grout. Do not allow thinset to dry on surface! Keep plenty of fresh water handy. After the floor is installed, consider having a professional restoration company finishing the floor. Review all of your options before installation begins (if you want to get paid and/or satisfied with the end results).
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Unread 05-13-2005, 07:19 AM   #4
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limestone clean up help....

thanks john for the repliy...
i'm not a pro, but have had some home improvement experience. the tile has not been laid yet. it looks like its just dirty, not clumps just a dusty haze. you mentioned to clean before i install, how long after that can i install? or could i install then clean?
thanks for the advice...
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Unread 05-13-2005, 07:32 AM   #5
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heres a picture

i'm not sure if you can tell by this picture, but the center has been scrubed and is looks polished.
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Unread 05-13-2005, 04:51 PM   #6
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Hi Scott

You can wipe the backs to make sure they're not dusty, and set immediately.

As far as the sheen. That's indicating that this is a softer stone, and you are literally abrading a sheen. After the floor is installed, grouted, cleaned, and sealed, it should even out. Foot traffic and use will also even out the sheen.
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