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Unread 07-25-2021, 04:44 PM   #1
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Stone backsplash grout clean up

I did a stone backsplash this week.
I used this 511 impregnator / sealer the night before I grouted.
I applied it with a microfiber cloth, let it set for 5 minutes and wiped off any excess with a clean towel. The next day I went back to grout using Custom from Home Depot. The grout removal was very difficult. I spent a ton of time and got it fairly clean. I’m hoping I can go back with a grout haze remover and maybe a white abrasive pad?? please advise me if this makes sense, or of a better plan.

Also after cleaning the grout I noticed the finish on the edge trim is discolored.
I’m guessing this is probably from the sealer?????????*?? I realize I should have tapes them off prior to sealing. Is there anything that can be done to remedy this ?
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Unread 07-26-2021, 10:23 AM   #2
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Hi Don,

It looks like you used black grout or a very dark gray (charcoal). I gave up using black grout early on in my career. It stains everything it touches.

Also, the type of tile/stone you used in not easy to grout. You have to smear small areas and clean them completely as you go. Is there a way you can tell us what type of stone you used? It'll make a difference in what you might use to improve the look.
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Unread 07-26-2021, 05:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response , not sure what type of stone it is.
Customer bought it from Home Depot.
Could the grout have stained the schulter edging?
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Hi, Don.

Do you have a closer pic of the Schluter edge that’s discolored?

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Also, which Custom grout did you use? Polyblend sanded, unsanded, Prism, Fusion?

Did you use the plastic Schuter trim?
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No better pic , sorry
Pollyblend plus in sanded grout

I’m going back Tuesday ,I’ve been super busy hopefully someone could give me some advice
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Don, Black grout?

If the tile is not marble or slate you can use a mild acid to clean it. What kind of Schluter trim? If metal you can't use acid. I don't know what else to tell you.
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Grout is coffee bean, dark drown
Trim is metal brushed nickel? Kind of looks like chrome.
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Well, in the picture the grout job looks pretty good to me. You can't get the grout out of the depressions. It's part of the look. Try a little white vinegar mixed 50/50 with water in an out of the way spot on the trim. Better yet, if you have a scrap of the trim, test it there. Stronger acids will turn the metal dark in a heartbeat.
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Thanks John, I will try that
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