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Old 03-16-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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Grout Haze on Prefinished Hardwood... Help?


Just got done finishing the remodel of my fireplace, and it looks like I have some grout haze remaining on the surrounding hardwood floor. What would be the easiest solution to remove this haze without damaging the finish on the floors?

The floors are 3/4" Brazilian Teak.

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Old 03-17-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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Uh oh...

A couple issues here;

That grout is going to scuff your urethane, at best, when you try to remove it. You may need to have that area touched up by a pro.

Did that grout get on the wood because the grout meets up to the wood flooring directly, with no expansion gap? If so, you have another problem.

But, fixing Problem #2 may take care of Problem #1.

If your grout meets the wood; first remove it with a grout saw so you have an expansion gap.

If the tile is a little higher than the wood, get a reducer and flip it so the high side is to the ceramic.

If they're flush, get a t-moulding. If, after you have removed the grout, there is not enough of a gap for the leg of the t-moulding to fit in the gap and still leave a 1/4" gap between the wood and the leg of the t-moulding, the wood needs to be cut back a bit so that this can happen.

After removing the grout, possibly cutting back the wood just a bit, and installing the moulding, the area you're concerned about might get cut away or covered by the moulding. In that case, problem is solved.


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Grout Haze on Prefinished Hardwood... Help?


No, the tile does not meet up with the Hardwood. I have a Gap and I used T-Moulding for the transition.

My problem is when I was cleaning the groutlines in my fireplace tile job. Thew dirty water containing the grout resaidue was spilled onto the hardwood floors around the fireplace. Not realizing it until it was too late, the dirty water has left little spots on the hardwood floor, and I have been unable to get the spots off of the flooring.
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Refinishing wood is tricky business and it's hard to make blanket generalizations.

You can get new urethane touch-up products off the shelf at hardware stores.

I remember a product by Bruce....

The trick is taking the old urethane off. My refinish guy has tools that are basically long handles with L-shaped steel tips. They are used to gently scrape away the old urethane so that new can be applied to the area without being too noticeable. It takes some practice to do it right.
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