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Unread 05-23-2002, 08:03 PM   #1
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After grouting the shower with Tex-Rite's (John you must know that name) "buckskin beige" I have a white haze on or in the sanded grout. Looked great 'til it dried... If I wet it it turns buckskin again. Sealed a test chunk of grout, to no avail. Did I do something wrong? Can I get rid of it? How?
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Unread 05-23-2002, 08:50 PM   #2
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The grout has a haze??? Only in the grout joints???

Try a light scrubbing with white vinegar and water about 50/50, use a soft bristle brush or a white scrubbie pad.

Rinse thoroughly.
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Unread 05-23-2002, 09:47 PM   #3
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Is this unusual? I was thinking maybe too much moisture on the sponge during cleanup, althoug I wrung the (expl. deleted) out of it to avoid any problems. Any idea's as to cause?
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Unread 05-23-2002, 10:12 PM   #4
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Typical.

Allow the grout to dry and clean it again. As long as the grout has some of the original moisture in it it can continue to shed haze when wiped.

Is the haze on the tile?
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Unread 05-24-2002, 07:50 AM   #5
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Grout haze

No, I did a pretty good job of cleaning the tile. I tried the 50/50 mixture last night on the floor and it worked to a degree, I may need 2 cleanings or beef up the vinegar ratio a little. I swear the grout was undercolored from the factory though. It looks more grey-brown than brown. That may be part of the problem. My worry is what color the "matching" caulk will be! Are there sealants that darken the grout a little? The Aqua-Mix product I have is true to it's word, it doesn't darken at all.
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Unread 05-24-2002, 08:03 AM   #6
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No, don't put on any sealers or anything else until we get the grout cleaned up. I agree with Bud. The stuff is only on the surface of the joints. If you scratch it, you'll see the color you want under the haze (which is probably latex migration and very common).

Maybe the vinegar isn't quite strong enough for the job. The next step up would be the grout haze cleaner (Aquamix) available at Home Depot. There are stronger weapons in the arsenal, but let's not overkill.
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Unread 05-24-2002, 08:05 AM   #7
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quick reply...

John, you must be off work today. I wasn't even done typing when I got that reply! Thanks...
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Unread 05-24-2002, 11:48 AM   #9
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Saturday?

Unlike you, I look forward to the weekDAYs so I can recover from my tiling aches and injuries (did you know the lime in portland cement can remove your fingerprints?)
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Unread 05-24-2002, 05:01 PM   #10
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Yep...time to syep-up the potency.
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