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Unread 05-01-2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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White tile Brown Grout - Haze and grout question

We rebuilt an entire bathroom from the subfloor up and finally tiled the walls of the shower(white) and added the grout (Brown) - as we were smoothing the grout into the grout lines, we noticed that the white tile looked like it was being scarred by the grout. THe tile is typical ceramic tile, and now, we're going to try to remove the haze/scarring on the tiles with a haze remover. Is this a good idea?? any other ideas?? the tile went from looking bright and clean to looking old and dingy.

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Unread 05-01-2006, 03:27 PM   #2
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Did you try buffing with something like cheesecloth?

A mixture of 50% vinegar and water is probably at hand, and usually works as well as the grout haze removers. Make sure to rinse well when finished.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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we did... but

actually, we didn't try the vinegar solution - we'll have to try that. The problem we had was that when we started wiping the grout off - it looks like it may have rubbed the dark grout into the white tiles -- we tried scrubbing with a cloth, sponge, etc (nothing abrasive) but, had very little luck in getting the grout out of, or of of the tile. NOW, we've bought an acid wash de-hazer and were thinking of using that -- Really at a loss...

everything from the subfloor up has gone smoothly, except for this.
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Unread 05-01-2006, 03:54 PM   #4
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Is the tile textured, or smooth? It can be a bear to get it out of a textured tile. Was the grout sanded or unsanded? Do you know the PEI of the tile? If it is fairly soft (low PEI 1-5, with 5 being very hard), you might have scratched it with a sanded grout.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 08:51 AM   #5
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Sanded, not sure about the PEI

We actually bought a haze remover/etcher and tested it on a few small tiles. -- Our fear was that we had scratched the tile with the sanded grout!!! That would have been disasterous since we've spent the last 6 weeks remodeling this bathroom from the floor up - and only with the help of this forum, Home Depot, Lowe's, and a Black and Decker book on bathroom remodel. -- but, The few "TEST" Tiles - seemed to come clean!! so, tonight, we'll try a larger area and hopefully get the rest of the haze off - it really looks dirty now and old - but, hopefully it'll come clean.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 01:24 PM   #6
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the tile is smooth by the way...

The tile is smooth - ceramic --

once we finish with that -- then we'll have to seal the tile.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 03:50 PM   #7
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A name, and description of the tile would help..there are tiles that aren't meant to be on traffic areas,like floors,it's mainly for walls,as was mentioned.There should be a pic of a boot on the box with a number by it.
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Unread 05-02-2006, 05:20 PM   #8
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A glazed or porcelain tile does not need sealer and my end up with streaks if you aren't careful getting it all off. You only need it on on the grout, so don't go overboard wiping it on - especially considering that good sealer is quite expensive. Why wipe it everywhere when you are just going to wipe if off?
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