Mesh markings on new honed marble hex tile

kristinagOctober 14, 2013

I am new to this, but am hoping to get some advice on my tile dilemma. I recently ordered 2 inch hex tile in honed marble from the builder depot. A tile setter has placed the tile, but there are markings from the mesh of the sheet that was in top of the other during packaging. The mesh was covered by plastic sheets, but that didn't keep it from transferring to the tile below. I have tried water and a light scotch bright pad to remove it without luck. The company admits to having heard of such a problem but just goes on to say the tile setters clean it to remove the markings prior to sealing it. My tile setter would like me to clean them with mineral spirits then rinse then with water. He has never seen this happen before, and so is guessing along with me as what to try. He doesn't plan on sealing the tile until after grouting because we are using a light grey sanded grout. Any thoughts or ideas are very much appreciated. I don't want to ruin my new floors before they are even in!

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I am not an expert, but I would ask the supplier for cleaning recommendations first since they admitted they have heard of the problem. I would start with the most gentle method first - maybe just simple soap, then maybe alcohol, acetone, then mineral spirits. I wonder if a magic eraser would work? Regardless of what you try, I would try cleaning the marks off some pieces that haven't been installed yet, just in case.

Hopefully someone with more experience will chime in.

Best of luck to you!!

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 11:45PM
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I could be that once the thinset is totally dry the pattern will disappear.

I used marble tiles in a mesh mosaic and had those marks. I didn't notice them right away. But I washed mine with dish soap and rinsed them, the whole panels before installation, once I saw what was going on. I noticed that when my tiles were wet the pattern showed even after washing, but once dried it disappeared. I think the moist marble tiles becomes translucent, yet the glued areas resist the moisture more, so there is a dryer grid work that shows up. Just a guess.

Finished mosiac that often showed grid marks when wet (not sure if this section did or not but probably, I just had to start ignoring it :)

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 7:25AM
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Can you send a picture.
Just making sure these mosaics haven't been set yet?
They came out of the box that way.
You may have to use a light abrasive.
At production they probably box this product partially wet.
So like you said(white marbles are very porous)the material of the mesh transferred. I think some light honing will take care of this.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 1:30PM
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This happened to our entire lot of marble tile for the foyer and hallway. We had to send them back to the supplier (Paris Ceramics), they honed them and the marks came off.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 6:16PM
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I'd try a red Scotch-Brite pad in an inconspicuous area.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 6:14AM
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Late update: I believe the markings are gone, well at least I don't notice them. We scrubbed them using a 3m pad and mineral spirits and rinsed well. I am considering purchasing 3 x 6 marble for wainscot, but am reluctant based on my experiences.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 5:40PM
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