A small section of the floor ceramic tile appears to have lost its glaze -- or whatever coating allows it to repel water and dirt. Any thoughts about what to use to restore it before I set out to rip and replace?
First, I'd check to see if the tile lost its glaze or it it is a buildup
of hair spray. You'd understand that if my daughter used your bathroom.
The only way to restore a glaze is to coat it with glaze and fire it
in a kiln. You can do it in you home oven if you can rig it to go to
I'd be checking to see if it has truly been etched or if it has
amineral build-up. Try cleaning with CLR or some other mild acid. If
that doesn't work, try polishing with a very fine abrassive to see if
you can restore the gloss. If you can, perhaps there is a chance of
salvaging the tile.
Sounds to me like you might have very agressive alkaline water ??
On Sat, 02 Jan 2016 20:26:17 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Lime Away a product, is very useful for cleaning tiles and stuff with
alkalinity build up. Especially when it is warm. I would do it with
gloves and warm water. Great for coffee machines, just needs to be
purged a few times before using it to make coffee again.
As long as the conversation is about bathroom tiles, what is a good way
to put re-adhere one that fell off (due to the vibration from sliding
shower door being slammed too hard into the wall). It's 2" square, and
both the wall and the tile have remnants of brown adhesive. It is in 2
pieces now, due to hitting the floor, but I consider that a non-issue as
the pieces fit together seemlessly. If it makes any difference, the tile
is in the "shower area" but not in an area that normally gets wet (it's
higher than that).
Since it was installed with mastic in the first place (a mistake, in
my opinion) just glue it back in with tile mastic, PL cement, or
silicone. No guarantee it won't fall out again - but no guarantee the
one beside it won't fall out first. Re grout after gluing.
Thank you. Since I've just got one 2" tile, I'm trying to keep the cost
under control. The space is so minimal (between tiles), that I think a
little extra silicone will suffice as "grout" (assuming the silicone has
some adhesive properties, as you seem to imply). Did I read that
right? This is a tile "on the corner" (two edges showing).
Silicone is both. In the situation you describe it will function quite
well as an adhesive. If you have white grout (and kept it that way<g>)
after you set the tile back in place the silicone cures, carefully mask
the grout line are to just expose the width of the grout line showing on
the other tiles. Squirt a small amount of the white silicone into the
grout line and then take a WET finger and firmly press down and trace
the grout line ONCE. It will leave you with a nice clean line. After
it begins to set up, carefully remove the masking tape and pat yourself
on the back.
Thank you! I'll print this out. And I may "crazy glue" the tile too, as
OFWW suggested. I would not have thought of that , and it would seem to
eliminate the possibility of ending up with the "cracked tile look"
(which is probably more likely, than not, without the crazy glue).
Thanks everyone for your suggestions!
Silicone based products get a bad rap in my book, but not for the reasons m
ost don't like it. It started years ago when it was touted as a product th
at would seal any surface, could be used as an adhesive, would work for all
kinds of minor repairs, and was the must have sealer/adhesive/caulk/waterp
roofer for repair and remodeling.
Then we find out the hard way (NO warning from the GE people 40 years ago)
that silicone sealer isn't UV resistant. So all the sheet metal flashings
that have been sealed with this will leak in about 3 years.
We didn't know that surfaces to be sealed had to be PERFECTLY clean. Any t
ype of surface residue will prevent a good seal.
No one told me it wasn't paintable. So with the really nice paints that I
use that will adhere to motor oil (just a joke...) they would stick to the
silicone, but peel off later.
Found out it worked reasonably well as an adherent, but did not penetrate c
ertain surfaces well enough to call it an adhesive.
Result: No silicone product in the truck or on the job for the last 25 yea
rs. There are much better products out there for each one of the tasks men
tioned above, and they are a lot less money, too.
I see now they have different products that correct all the problems I had
long ago, but on examination of the tubes I found at HD, they still don't h
ave one product that is UV resistant, mildew resistant, paintable, etc., in
No thanks. I like PERMANENT repairs, repairs that I walk away from and nev
er think about again.
If I was replacing a tile, I would use DAP with Microban. When do a tiny r
epair like that I get the small tube in the correct grout color and glue it
in, then use the DAP as grout.
As far as the problem with the glaze on the tile, no need to reiterate good
On Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:17:39 PM UTC-6, Bill wrote:
Yes. But depending on the age and type of mastic, I use an old chisel (like my POS Buck Brothers) or even a box cutter to cut away the mastic. The old mastic should have penetrated the tile backing well enough to make it impossible to get it all off.
The good thing about the DAP is that it is thick enough to make a dandy gap filler behind the tile, allowing you to put a good amount of the DAP onto the tile, and mash it gently into place, stopping when the tile is flush with the surrounding tiles.
After mashing into place, run the appropriate sized bead of DAP around the tile to match the grout joints, wipe away the excess DAP with a wet paper towel and give it a day to dry before use.
Thanks! You guessed right. I used a box cutter. I even had to put
a new blade in it (and it was still "impossible to get it all off", as
you wrote below--but I think I got enough of it off). I found that my
Crazy Glue was dried-up, so I'll pick up some of that with the DAP
adhesive tomorrow. I hope my experience will serve as a good lesson for
everyone not to shut their sliding shower doors too hard (and I'm glad
I'm not upset at anyone else over it)! : )
I personally hate silicone in the bathroom it molds over quite quickly.
I started using the old standard DAP with mildewcide.. I think it's
I like it better than silicone. I have limited my use of silicone more
and more, going back to other means, and only using it when needed.
BTW , they make grout in a tube for small fixes, or having to seal the
plumbing to the tile... Can't remember the name, great stuff.
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