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gizmo01

06:09PM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 04/22/05
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I have marble bathroom tiles in my shower and for a few of these tiles, there has been some significant wear so that areas of the tile are rough and worn away. I believe that the humidity and water from the shower may be causing this problem. Is there any way I can repair the tile and prevent further damage? Is there a way to 'file' the rough areas down and 'coat' the area to prevent further deterioration?

MistressEll

05:09AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
I believe the fix may be the same, but if "cultured" stone, one generally uses auto buffing compound (rubbing compound), then high quality paste wax. Cultured marble generally needs a good waxing every 1-3 years and non-caustic cleaning materials.

Solid marble has varring degrees of "hardness". If the "seal" or polished surface of either (cultured or true marble) has been exposed for quite some time it may start to crumble when you begin the process. If you're lucky enough to have a scrap sample somewhere to experiment on, perhaps you can perfect your technique. Otherwise you may want to consult a tradesman who specializes in this work "in place". It also depends on the "thickness" of this marble and how well it is bonded to the wall, as the vibrations from the "buffer" might cause other problems.

MistressEll

06:23AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
here are some helpful links if its true marble. (the cleaning and maintenance link page has info be sure to scroll down as there is a lot of blank space below the title):

Cleaning and maintenance:

http://www.vermont-marble.com/marblecare.htm

Hand polishing marble:

http://www.vermont-marble.com/marblecare2.htm

Care and cleaning of interior marble surfaces:

http://www.vermont-marble.com/marblecare3.htm

Note, regular bathroom cleaners will ETCH marble...even the acidity of vinegar will destroy it over time.

Maintenance of a shower area finished in Marble would require daily (immediate) wipe down of the surface with a cotton dry towel, regular cleaning, and frequent waxing to prevent the very conditons you describe, even if perfectly installed. The "fat" or artificial fat (petro chemicles) content in almost every soap, shampoo and detergent will also wreak havoc on marble surfaces.

Marble is a high maintenance surface especially in a bathroom.

Hope you find the information posted helpful.

"Ell"
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