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Bathroom Granite - discoloring - HELP #934676
03/12/18 12:29 AM
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At the base of a new tile shower we installed grey and white granite to put the glass shower door on top of. About a week into using the shower a brown spot started to form in the granite. Unfortunately it got bigger and darker. And now I'm starting to get more. It almost looks like an iron deposit.

Before it started no chemicals where used in the shower.

I researched online using baking soda with plastic taped over it to pull up the color. This mildly worked. I even tried adding a little bleach. It sort of lightened it a little bit more but within a week back to normal and getting darker. Tried that CLR for iron as well but no dice.

I suspect the granite was not properly sealed so I do have high quality seal but I need to get the brown up before sealing.

To me it seems a little deep to sand it off with like a 220.

I think I may be sc#$@ed! Even worse it appears I may getting it all around the granite and will have to remove a $2000 shower door to repair and replace with new. Three areas are really bad already.

Been about 3 months.

Any idea what's going on and anyway to fix without spending $$$$, already have 15K into the room.

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Re: Bathroom Granite - discoloring - HELP [Re: Philly B] #934804
03/13/18 10:30 PM
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Have you tried Iron out?
Comes in a powder.
Make a toothpaste like paste w/water.
Letter sit for a few, no I can not describe a few(grin).

HTH...good luck...notnew...


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Re: Bathroom Granite - discoloring - HELP [Re: Philly B] #934824
03/14/18 06:58 AM
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Thank you! I didn't yet. Good idea but you gotta at least tell me a few days or hours ?!?

Results to come

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Re: Bathroom Granite - discoloring - HELP [Re: Philly B] #934829
03/14/18 11:34 AM
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This is of no help for your situation, but I tell my customers all the time....real stone is porous and can stain. Man made materials(quartz/solid surface/etc) can look like real stone but are less likely to stain and require less care. And less likely to fracture along grain lines.

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Re: Bathroom Granite - discoloring - HELP [Re: Philly B] #934845
03/14/18 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted By Philly B
Thank you! I didn't yet. Good idea but you gotta at least tell me a few days or hours ?!?

Results to come


We are on a well, whole house filters, h2o softener.
Wife uses iron out in the laundry.

We do not have granite, but I would think(grin), your use of bleach is harsher than iron out, but Im no chemist.

Anytime I've made a "paste of it", usually, it's dried back to a solid in about 1 hour (+/-).
Just add water, if needed, to remove OR just letter sit again(smile).

HTH...have fun...notnew...


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