I have saltillo tiles in the dining room. They look very
dirty and have some sort of wax on them. I went to HD and
the guy suggest me to buy some sort of "stripper" to clean
the tile. One gallon costed me around $20. and required
thea heavy gloves to put it on.
It stripped down the waxing, also stripped down the color.
The stripper stuff left kinda "gooey" residue and must be
cleaned with mineral spirit. My arms are dead and the gooey
stuffs are still visible.
Now the tiles look dark in some spots and very light in
others. I don't know what to do. I can't afford to remove
the tiles and put on a new floor. Can I paint over it? I'm
so upset, just don't know what to do.
Perhaps they are not fully clean or have absorbed the cleaner and must
dry. reseal or wax when done, it may be fine. Paint wont hold up
once you paint it if you dont like it removing it will be very very
tough. If you decide to paint an epoxy, commercial product would be
best. But I would not paint tile. Perhaps a concrete stain. There is a
new acid? base stain you could research. Dont rush your decision,
research and talk to pros.
they don't have wax on them. they have a plastic film. the stripper
dissolves the plastic and can then be sucked up with lots of water and a
wet/dry vac. the dark spots mean you haven't gotten it all up. reapply and
try again to the spots. when you're done, let it dry for a while and then
lay down 3-5 coats of new floor finish. the place you got the stripper will
sell the finish.
you have to do this again every so often (about every 2-3 years). the finish
wears through, and the raw tiles stain very easily.
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