refurbish quarry tiles


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spicko

i would like to clean and re-furbish red and black quarry tiles. can
someone let me know how i go about this. thanks
 
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Nick Brooks

spicko said:
i would like to clean and re-furbish red and black quarry tiles. can
someone let me know how i go about this. thanks
You haven't given us very much information. I'm assuming you've got old
porous tiles.

You need to find out what sort of treatment they've had so far.
Traditional method is linseed oil and wax, modern finishes seal the
floor completely.

I'd start by cleaning as well as possible using a steam cleaner or
pressure washer (is the floor inside or out?) or try "Tiled Floor
Restorer" see below

To protect them, either go the traditional route, linseed oil and wax,
you'll need a polisher, or use a product from somewhere like www.lithofin.de

HTH

Nick Brooks
 
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BigWallop

spicko said:
i would like to clean and re-furbish red and black quarry tiles. can
someone let me know how i go about this. thanks
Weak solution of domestos and hot water (one cupful domestos to a gallon of water),
then get a scrubbing brush and grease your elbows.


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The Natural Philosopher

spicko said:
i would like to clean and re-furbish red and black quarry tiles. can
someone let me know how i go about this. thanks
Dunk em in brick acid.

scrub wash.

Dunkl in strong organic solvent

Scrub wash.
 
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The Natural Philosopher

Christian said:
If you can't find brick acid (I could only find crappy water based
replacements that were about as effective as fairy liquid), Lithofin Cement
Away is an extremely effective equivalent. Did wonders for my toilet bowl.
Lithofin KF Cement Residue Remover is similar, but probably a little milder
for use indoors.



In Lithofin-speak, this is probably something like Lithofin WEXA.

Christian.

P.S. I'm not really the Lithofin marketing manager, honest!
its fine if you want to pay double for a fancy tin and a brand name.

However teh basic prinipals of cleaning anything are to establish what
the item is made of, and what teh irt is made off, and then find a
sovent or mechnical method to remove the latter wihout removing the former.


Wuarry siltes are silicates, and pretty inert to most liquids. They are
purous tjopugh, and will absorb greaees and oils, and will stick o cemest.

So...conc acid for any cement residue.
conc organic solvent for paints and tars - or even paint stripper.
cpnc casutoc sioda for ingrained grease and waxes.

And mechanicaical scrubbing with rubber gloves on to get teh loose stiff
out the cracks.

Here's a test for you.

Given a piece of expanded polystrene foam covered inplaster how would you

(a) remove the foam leaving just the plaster?

(b) remove the plaster just leaving the foam?

:)
 
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stuart noble

The Natural Philosopher wrote in message said:
cpnc casutoc sioda for ingrained grease and waxes.
Alkali only affects organic material, which would exclude a lot of waxes.
The only grease I can think of that might respond to citsuac ados would be
lanolin
 
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