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Old 01-14-2013, 08:29 PM   #16
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Also, are any additives recommended or is just water ok to mix it with?
I don't know exactly which product you have. I asked whether it was Polyblend earlier. If it's from HD it should be Polyblend and is added to water.

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:47 PM   #17
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Oops - sorry about that. Yes, it's Polyblend brand.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #18
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Ok so new grout is in place and I think it looks good! My only issue is I'm having trouble getting the cloudiness off the tile. I tried sponging it 7 hours later and it looks good until it dries and it gets cloudy again.

I'm going to do the floor tomorrow as well a the caulking around the tub.

Now for the bad news - one of the tub valves leaked and it put water through the floor and through my laundry room ceiling - the water came out in the light fixture which filled with water and smashed on the ground from the weight - the drywall was all mush too - the fun never ends...
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:01 PM   #19
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Ok, looks much better. The grout film needs to be wiped and buffed with dry cloths. There may still be old surface film like we saw in the old pics too. I suggest you let the grout cure a couple weeks, then clean with acidic tile and grout cleaner followed with grout sealer.

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A couple weeks? I thought you could seal it after 3-4 days?

Also, what is the process for sealing? I bought the "surface guard" sealer.

Just spray in the grout lines let it sit and wipe clean?
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A couple weeks? I thought you could seal it after 3-4 days?
Read my reply again. I said 2 weeks because I recommend cleaning the entire room. You wanna clean it before you seal it.

Surface guard sealer, well, better than nothing if it's the cheapo yellow bottle, or pretty good if the green one. I like other brands but fine, use what you've got. Yes, apply, let it soak in a few minutes, then wipe off the tiles. It's the spray on type?

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Ok so after a couple days use the acidic tile cleaner over the tiles and grout. I assume with a sponge and then wipe clean. Then let it sit a little while longer before sealing?

Yes, it's the spray type. Dark green bottle - I think it was around $25 for the 24 oz bottle.
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OK, be careful of the spray, not good to breathe. You need cross ventilation. So, are you gonna use a tile & grout cleaner or is it now clean? 2-3 days is good if no harsh cleaners will be used on fresh grout.

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Sorry if I seem confused. The grout is fresh so I assumed it was clean that's why I didn't get why I needed cleaner. I sponged it down and it looked brand new.

Won't the acidic tile cleaner eat away at the fresh grout if its not sealed?
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Are you telling me you removed all the grout, every bit of it? If so why?

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Won't the acidic tile cleaner eat away at the fresh grout if its not sealed?
Well sure, that's why I said to wait if you're gonna use an acid cleaner.

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No, I just sponged down the tile which in turn lightly brushed the new grout too. The new grout is still there between the tiles the sponge didn't remove any.

I'm just going to finish the floor tomorrow using the same process as the tub, then seal the whole thing next weekend. Air out the room for a couple days after sealing and it should be finished.
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No, I just sponged down the tile which in turn lightly brushed the new grout too. The new grout is still there between the tiles the sponge didn't remove any.
What does that mean? Did you apply grout over the old in some areas?

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I used the diamond blade to grind the old grout down, cleaned it and applied the new grout on top and and after it set, lightly sponged off some of the leftover haze.
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OK, sounds good. Hopefully it'll work well until you can upgrade later. Be sure to come back so you can learn how tile in wet areas should be installed.

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Hi,

How do you know if the floor is properly sealed? I sprayed the sealer onto the tile to where it was soaked. I then took a sponge and evenly spread the solution over all the grout ensuring it was all evenly wet and repeated throughout. I waited 3 hours and it appeared to be dry, but when I took my finger and rubbed the grout lightly you could still see some powder on my finger??

I just did a second coat hopefully that will help some. Should I do anything differently?

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