What kind of tile is this, and how to clean?


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Old 04-09-24, 09:53 PM
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What kind of tile is this, and how to clean?

Hi all,

can anyone tell me how to clean the tiles in the pic? I am told that these were manufactured in Detroit in the 70's.

I'm looking to refresh the entire floor.

Thanks!

Hugh



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04-17-24, 07:56 PM
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Worked a treat.

@Peter

I used the products - got on my hands and knees to completely remove the stripper - and after the 4 recommended coats of polish, this is the result.

i love it!

thanks!

 
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Old 04-10-24, 05:38 AM
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Just clean it like any tile floor. How you do it depends on how thorough you want to be. You could simply sweep or vacuum. Or you could damp mop. If you want a thorough clean you can scrub the floor to get into the nooks and crannies. I use a floor buffer with a scrubbie type pad.
 
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There are floor waxes that can be used over tile if you are wanting to give it a sheen.
 
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Hi,

thanks for replying gentlemen.

I guess I was wondering about a more aggressive cleaning. Like wet sanding, or cleaning with a chemical, maybe an abrasive cream, something to refresh the top surface.

I have seen this tile before, and it should be bright and colorful.

Once clean, I did think about some sort of wax finish.

 
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I have that slate in my foyer. When I bought the house, there was a finish on tile that had failed and required a chemical stripper to remove. I have chosen to use a combo like this stripper/finish. I do refresh the finish with a fresh coat periodically but I only strip it every few years. It will give it the finish you are looking for if you can get down to the tile with the stripper to start with.

- Peter
 
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@pjaffe

Perfect. I bought that exact bottle of polish a couple of days ago - I just need the stripper now.
Thanks! (everyone)
 
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Worked a treat.

@Peter

I used the products - got on my hands and knees to completely remove the stripper - and after the 4 recommended coats of polish, this is the result.

i love it!

thanks!

 
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is it not slippery as you see in person?
 
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Old 05-29-24, 10:30 AM
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No, I don't find it any more slippery than it was. It's a tile, so you can slip - but I didn't find the polish made it any different.
 
 

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