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    Default What acid for cleaning newly laid tessellated tiles?

    We finally had our front verandah tiles done about a month ago.
    The tiler said to clean them with acid (10%)? and a soft broom.
    I missed what sort of acid re my hearing.
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    Probably Hydrochloric Acid, but it really depends on the type of tile/paver you had put down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear out View Post
    We finally had our front verandah tiles done about a month ago.
    The tiler said to clean them with acid (10%)? and a soft broom.
    I missed what sort of acid re my hearing.
    H.
    I have no idea what the contract arrangements were re the job, however the tiler really should be the one cleaning them!
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    What kind of a tiler leaves tiles so messy they need acid washing?

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    Are they reclaimed tiles what pattern are they in?

    Did the tiler say because of there size it would be easier to clean them once laid?

    Tile Doctor Acid Gel 1 Litre

    Not sure you can get this over here but it's a blend of Phosphoric and Hydrochloric acids

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    Be careful acud washing them, phosphoric is not as aggressive as hydrochloric acid but if you make a mistake you can get blooming marks that can be permanent
    I know it will be more expensive but tile shops sell tile cleaning products that are made for specific to different tile types and stones.
    I don’t agree that it is the tilers job unless it is specifically included in his quote. I assume it is just a cement haze that you are cleaning off?

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    Thanks for the responses.
    They are new tiles and as beardy suggested itís only a slight cement bloom.
    Hereís a few photos just taken in poor light.
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    In pic 3 I like the look off the right hand boarder better, the left-hand side would make me drink more alcohol

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    Quote Originally Posted by clear out View Post
    I missed what sort of acid re my hearing.
    Iíd be asking him, rather than us. If you stuff up the cleaning you wonít have any comeback if you used a different acid to the one he recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelot View Post
    In pic 3 I like the look off the right hand boarder better, the left-hand side would make me drink more alcohol
    This follows the line of the bow front of the verandah.
    I am happy with the workmanship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clear out View Post
    This follows the line of the bow front of the verandah.
    I am happy with the workmanship.
    H.
    Not saying there's anything wrong with the workmanship, but I would have lost that curve by scribing in the plain backing tiles and kept the decorative pattern tiles symmetrical like the right hand side, but some may say I have a problem in that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack620 View Post
    What kind of a tiler leaves tiles so messy they need acid washing?
    a first job of a tiler thats never done it before. i remember this around 20 years ago when i did my first tile job left haze all over the place that needed acid stuff to clean off.
    never had that problem since as i learnt from my mistake.

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