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Building Stone's Common Problems, Causes and Possible Solutions

 

Symptom Possible Causes Possible Solutions
     
Uneven tile floor Poor installation - uneven floor settling Grind floor flat with proper tools

Cracking in tiles

Poor installation - non flat settling

Fill cracks with match epoxy or replace tiles

Worn, dull, scratched

Unfavorable Traffic patterns, construction

Hone or polish surfaces

Powder residue

Efflorescence

Allow floor to dry; buff off excess powder

Dull, clouded spotting

Acid etching

Polish or hone the surface again

 
 
Symptom Possible Causes Possible Solutions
     

Spalling

Salt crystallization

Grind, hone, polish the surface again

Yellow coloration

Coating build up, iron oxidization

Strip, clean, polish and poultice

Swirl marks seen

Improper steel wool or buffing pads

Hone or polish the surface again

Water ring or spots

Drinking glasses, hard water

Hone or polish the surface again

Dull or Haloed Edges

Poor feathering, blending

Grind or hone the edges again

Holes or Pits

Naturally occurrence, or chemical damage

Fill with polyester resin or Portland cement

Plastic, wavy shine

Crystallization build up

Hone the surface again

Warped tiles

Excessive water during setting or refinishing

Hone or polish the surface again

Dimpled look like orange peel

Polished or honed with improper powder

Hone or polish the surface again

Visible white dots

Stuns or crystal fractures

Grind and hone the surface if not too deep

Sticky or cloudy surface

Wax buildup, dirty mop, excessive cleaner used

Strip and clean, polish

 
 
 

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