Stone and Tile PROS | Natural Stone, Tile, Concrete | A service of...
Your Stone and Tile Information & Resource Super Site

Liquid Plumber Causes Alkaline Etch Damage On Limestone

Q. A Liquid Plumber bottle leaked on my beige limestone bathroom floor. It looks like a wet mark. Is there anything I can try to remove stain? It is a heated floor.

A. Liquid Plumber is a very high alkaline substance, which leads our stone expert to believe your stone is not stained but has alkaline etch damage. Stains occur when colored or dyed substances are absorbed into the porous surface of the stone, whereas etching is a chemical reaction that damages the surface of the stone. Stains can be removed with DIY methods, such as poulticing.

Poulticing will have no affect whatsoever on alkaline etch damage. For example, if you've ever washed wine glasses in the dishwasher, you may have noticed filming or spots appear on the glass. Sometimes rubbing the glass with a dry cloth will remove the spot, because it is just residue from the washing process or hard water mineral residue. Other times, rubbing the glass with a dry cloth has no effect at all. This is because the glass has alkaline etch damage caused by a combination of the high alkaline content in the dishwashing detergent and not enough hot water rinsing.

Our stone expert believes that the resolving the damage to your limestone should not be considered a DIY project, as your attempts to remove the etch damage might cause further damage to your heated limestone floor. We recommend calling in a stone restoration contractor who has the proper tools and experience to restore the finish of your limestone. You can find Certified Stone and Tile PRO in your area here.

0 (0)
Article Rating (No Votes)
Rate this article
Attached Files
There are no attachments for this article.
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Security Code Security Code
Related Articles RSS Feed
Removing candle wax stain on natural stone
Viewed 2323 times since Tue, Aug 28, 2018
How to remove stain on bathroom stone tiles
Viewed 264 times since Mon, Oct 8, 2018
How to Clean Motor Oil from Driveway Pavers
Viewed 2324 times since Wed, Nov 18, 2015
How to Remove White Build-up on Marble
Viewed 1233 times since Fri, Apr 7, 2017
White Marble turning Yellow
Viewed 2358 times since Wed, Jan 6, 2010
Will A Hydrogen Peroxide Poultice Bleach New Caledonia Stone?
Viewed 121 times since Fri, Mar 1, 2019
Can one re-dye or darken Black Galaxy granite?
Viewed 168 times since Mon, Feb 11, 2019
How to Remove White Powdery Substance On Coquina Tile
Viewed 2367 times since Tue, Nov 3, 2015
How to Remove Red Candle Wax from Granite
Viewed 1856 times since Mon, Oct 10, 2016
How to Remove Discoloration Caused by Hair Oil
Viewed 580 times since Mon, Nov 13, 2017