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Unread 03-17-2006, 11:20 AM   #1
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Cleaning grout off "raw" saltillo tile

I have just completed a looong construction project.
My tiler installed saltillos and they are stained with
grout. What is recommended for cleaning these and
then sealing/waxing for a finished look? They are in
my entryway. Thanks for all suggestions!
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Unread 03-17-2006, 11:55 AM   #2
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If the tile's were not sealed prior to grouting the grout may be there for keeps.
Your tile are very poreous and they soak up stuff like a sponge.
Others may have more experience then us up here in the Northwest but that is my experience with these tile.
Good Luck

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Unread 03-17-2006, 08:33 PM   #3
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Hi Grace, Welcome!

Can you post a picture?

The floor will need to be prewetted, and use a stronger acid such as Prosoco's 600 Detergent, or Prosoco's Tile & Grout Cleaner. After a short dwell time, they will need to be agitated with a brush, rinsed, and removed.

The good news is you should be able to save the floor.
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