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Old 07-18-2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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Is my tile a lost cause?


We had someone put in (cheap labor) ceramic tile in our kitchen. We went and bought the tile and grout from Lowes and they installed it. Well... we were told that sealing the grout was a waste of time so we didn't bother to have it done.

Now our floor looks like this: (the grout was actualy lighter than the tiles originally)





Is there anything we can do now that it is stained a dirty color. This pic was taken after a good scrubbing as you can see it is still wet. We decided we should have gone with a darker color than we did so we'd like to stain it and then seal it.

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Oxyclean does a pretty decent job of lifting the dirt out of grout.

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Looks to me like you already have the darker color, just seal it. Who, exactly, told you that you don't need to seal the grout? Please understand that when you cheap out on product and labor, you will get a crap product. There is a reason that good construction work costs money, and it isn't because the contractor is driving Porsches.

Since this is a DIY forum, did you consider doing it yourself, or are you just trying to cheap out on the fix as well as the install?
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Since this is a DIY forum, did you consider doing it yourself, or are you just trying to cheap out on the fix as well as the install?
We have a friend that builds houses and we had his guys do our install originally. Apparently they didn't uphold their normal standard when doing ours.

I'm planning on fixing it my self, that's why I'm asking how to go about fixing it in a DIY forum.
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Oxyclean does a pretty decent job of lifting the dirt out of grout.
Hey, that's a good idea. We've got some generic "Oxy Clean" that I use to wash down the equipment in my home brewery/winery. I'll give that a try tomorrow and see how it works. Thanks for the useful tip!
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Oxy will work, then make sure you let it dry throughly. A decent sealer will make the grout darker and even it out some.
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Confession.....

After reaching total frustration trying to keep white grout clean, I put an abrasive blade on my circular saw and cut it all out. Probably not a good idea....you wouldn't believe the amount of dust. I suspect that it also caused the premature death of my saw

Regrouted with dark gray grout, sealed it good, and it looked much better.

There must be a better way
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Use grout colorant.
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I got same problem in my kitchen, except more serious....let us know how it works out in your case... going to copycat you...
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Well, we cleaned a few spots w/ Oxyclean lastnight and it seems to have done the trick. We put it on for a few hours and wiped it up before bed and it didn't look like it had done anything. This morning we looked and it had made a BIG change.
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is this the stuff you are using then

http://www.greatcleaners.com/versatile.html

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