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wineslob 04-24-2009 11:54 AM

Cleaning grout off tile
 
I just finished a shower stall project (this is before I grouted) :

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k1...r/DSCN1772.jpg

My question is this, I got grout all over the tiles, and while most of it scrubbed off, some almost looks like it stained the tile. It's a very thin coating that I can feel with a fingernail in some spots and in others it's down in the texture of the tile.. Is there a good way to remove this excess grout that wont damage the tiles?

Mop in Hand 04-24-2009 08:42 PM

Is that grout or thinset? Either way the longer it stays on the more difficult it will be to remove. A scouring pad and water would be your best bet. Acid washes are available, although they can stain your tile. The tile or stone that you have used appears to have a matte finsh, which of course will make this job more difficult. In the future clean the tiles before the thinset dries. In some cases a grout release should be applied to the surface (not the edges) before grouting. Check with the manufactor.

R&D Tile 04-25-2009 08:21 AM

Scrubby pad, thinset will come right off, next time use a sponge and water as you go, you won't have this issue.

wineslob 04-27-2009 01:07 PM

Thanks for the reply(s).
I got it all off using (major embarrassment here) a product that is made where I work! I diden't know that it would work on tile (we make it for cleaning masonry) so I wrote it off. It turns out that as long as there's limestone in the product it'll attack it.

The stall looks fantastic now. :thumbup:


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