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Old 08-05-2005, 03:39 PM   #1
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Lightbulb effervescence on all grout

My saga continues. I have done the grouting part on half my floor using Lucicrete? Slate Gray. Now that it has dried, it is basically white. I have read throughout the forum about effervescence. Did a bit of "digging" below the grout suface and can find the gray color of grout. Does it make sense that all my grout has effervenced? (is that a word?) The tile is Ocean Blue, and the whitish color isn't too bad of a look. If I was to do nothing with the grout, would it stay white, or would the effervescence eventually wear away and I would have graying spots?

PS--I used my well water, untreated, is that a problem? The tile is set on the lower level concrete slab of a bi-level in Pennsylvania.

I had another thread regarding grouting cushion-edge tile. I rung out my sponge mightily and didn't think I made the grout too wet during clean up, or in preparing it. But, since this is my first time, and I haven't witnessed the process before, no telling if I overwatered--I overwater my plants at times.

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Old 08-05-2005, 08:52 PM   #2
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Hi Becky. Since you have tile, try washing a small area with vinegar, let it sit just a minute and then scrub it. Rinse with clean water and let dry. Hope this area looks better.
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Thanks Davy. I did as you suggested (I had a gallon stash of white vinegar in the garage so I was able to begin the process after a day of rest), and this morning, after all has dried overnight, the grout does look much, much better. It was worth the time and energy involved in doing all the grout lines.
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