We are in the process of remodeling two bathrooms, master bath and a hall bath. The master bath was done first, the installer did not really clean the tiles while he grouted on a Friday, and did not return until the following Weds so the grout was dried on. Below are pictures of what it looked like before they cleaned it (this is all I had at work with me.) It took 2 1/2 days of scrubbing and 3 bottles of acid to fix. From what I've read, this would have likely weakened the grout but I don't really understand what that means.
The issue at hand: The wall that has the shower head in the Master Bath is shared by the Hall Bath, which is where they began working 7 days ago. They demo'd everything, the house shook several times, and then put in a new tub that was a very tight fit and they had to actually shave some of the wall studs to get it in. Two days ago we noticed that the corner of the Master Bath, pictured below, has several cracks. We think the cracks came from the movement of the wall and work being done in the Hall Bath.
The contractor wants to caulk the cracks. I'm concerned about this, I feel they should remove the grout (when they're done with the hall bath) and redo it.
I would sincerely appreciate any advice and recommendations on our insistence that they re-grout and opinions on the state of the grout after the acid applications, thank you in advance.
Master Bath: One long crack runs down this corner, the hall bath is on the other side of the wall on the left (behind the toilet.)
A crack runs most of the length of the bench, and there are small cracks up the corner.