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Old 12-16-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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I don't think I had the grout thin enough...anyways, some of the grout lines overlap the lips of some tiles, and it's been a bit over 24 hours since it was laid down. Some of hte lines are hard as a rock and are being a pain with sponge+water. Thought about using vinegar but I dont' know if that's too harsh. I can use a grout saw but I din't want to risk scratching the tile underneath of it.

There's also splotches of grout just randomly attached to other parts of the surface of the tile,b ut I'm thinking a chisel can get that off.

My main concern is straightening the grout lines that overlap some tile edges. What's the best way to go about this? Also some grout lines are humped (higher than the tile edges). Best way to flatten that out?

This is all on glazed porcelain. Thanks!

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Did you drag the grout float over the joints after you pushed the grout in? Did you wipe everything down while the grout was still somewhat wet? I'm not sure how you can go back and level everything out without pulling all the old grout out.

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Did you drag the grout float over the joints after you pushed the grout in? Did you wipe everything down while the grout was still somewhat wet? I'm not sure how you can go back and level everything out without pulling all the old grout out.
I thought I did. Some of the tiles aren't level next to each other though, so it made it difficult for me trying to make a good line that could try to compensate of the unlevelness of the tile. Woudl a grout saw damage the face of a tile?
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Some of the tiles aren't level next to each other though
That would have been the first step (making the floor flat), in prepping to install the tiles.

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Right, but the grout is down now so I'm just looking at ways to straighten out grout lines. If anyone can offer advice on the best way to do so, that'd be great. If a grout saw can work without scratching the tile face, that'd be fine too. Thanks!
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Woudl a grout saw damage the face of a tile?
If you rub it on the tile it will.

There's is no easy fix for what you've got there just plain ole diligent work until it's fixed. A hand-held grout saw will be somewhat helpful. Don't wait too long. That grout is getting harder every day and will continue to get harder for about a month. Go for it.
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I agree with Mike. Multi tool with a grout blade will make life easier for this job.

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