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Old 05-26-2011, 12:31 PM   #16
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thats just not true, for almostr all tiles including natural stone....with the glaring exception being light colored natural stone and dark colored grout. which is still likely to clean up just fine.

grout "haze" is simply over-watered cement.....it will fail (ie wipe away). it really only comes down to pigment staining.

Now, messy thinset, thats a whole other story, get that sh*t off right away, lol!!1

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Mike is right. Don't rush the cleaning, but don't go to bed until the tiles are as clean as you're ever going to want them. That haze won't come off the next day. If you have one, a microfiber cleaning towel is awesome for the final wipe down.

Excellent suggestion on those micro fiber cloths---They are great.

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[quote=jcrack_corn;655426]thats just not true, for almostr all tiles including natural stone....with the glaring exception being light colored natural stone and dark colored grout. which is still likely to clean up just fine.

grout "haze" is simply over-watered cement.....it will fail (ie wipe away). it really only comes down to pigment staining.

Now, messy thinset, thats a whole other story, get that sh*t off right away, lol!!1





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You're right --Kind of.

If we tell many folks that it's O.K. to leave a bit of haze and dust it off tomorrow---

They will actually read,"It O.K. to leave a bunch of thick smear on the face of the tile."

Sometimes we must offer the ideal solution and leave out the exceptions.
The exceptions are learned with experience---Best to let them learn those on their own.

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True. I understand a high gloss glazed tile like subway tile will most likely clean up OK. But why risk it.
The original post said this was a floor so I assumed this wasn't a high gloss tile.
It's the grout that makes the difference more then the tile sheen. Sanded grout left too long on the surface is a bear to get off. You can't just keep grouting with sanded grout. You need to take the time frame on the tile as a serious consideration.
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I want to thank you guys for all the imput. I was really worried but your advice and experince make me feel much better about this project. I now know better for the future. Thanks again for all your responses. I will let you know how it turns out after the grout.

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Thanks Fred --Please keep us updated---and have fun---Mike----

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