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Unread 04-20-2016, 06:01 AM   #1
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Homeowner left grout on WAY too long - what to do?

Got a call on this (see pics) - slate from HD. It is not acid sensitive. About 132 inch long backsplash. I haven't seen it yet - just the pics as it is a little far away. Whats the best way to tackle this? Grout is unsanded.
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Unread 04-20-2016, 04:02 PM   #2
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By starting over....Not acid sensitive....who cares, the rest of the stuff around probably wouldn't appreciate the amount or duration it was around.
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Unread 04-20-2016, 04:37 PM   #3
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easier to start over

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Unread 04-20-2016, 06:31 PM   #4
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The others are probably right about starting over. If that's out of the question, maybe a scrub pad on a grinder. Be ready for the dust.

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Unread 04-21-2016, 01:16 PM   #6
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So, if you intend to spend time & money trying to clean that up, and actually succeed, how well do you think that unsanded grout will hold up?

Rip out and redo is the only good thing to do here.

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Wow! I'm trying to think of other options besides tear out, all of them just aren't worth it. It's one of those accidents you put your head down, grit your teeth, and slowly start pulling the tile off the wall. If tear out is not in the cards I'd go with Davy's suggestion, but it's one of those more work then redoing in my mind. Sure like to hear back how this ended up.
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this should go in the 'pics of the WORST tile' thread.

good grief. burn it down. burn it all down.
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