Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring > Tiling, ceramics, marble

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-27-2010, 12:34 AM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 3
Share |
Default

Removing grout from top of ceramic tiles


This is my first tile job..... followed the directions on the thinset bag/grout container as close as humanly possible...... ended up with grout haze all over the tiles.... even though I wiped with a clean damp sponge multiple times before it was dry.....My problem seems to stem from the fact that there is a lot of texture on the top of the tile and along the edges .... the grout has settled into these grooves and textural depressions. the instructions clearly said not to press "hard" with the sponge while wiping so as not to remove any grout from the lines...... by not pressing hard and "gently floating" the damp sponge over top of the tiles and grout lines, I was unable to remove the grout from the small depressions and grooves on the surface of the tile. I want desperately to attack this grout sooner than later but the grout in the lines is not dry enough yet. My question is.... How long do I have to wait before I start scrubbing with vinegar and water (which works fine for the type of grout/tile I have based on the small test area I used inside the closet)... I am afraid of the vinegar soaking into the grout lines and weakening or removing some of it while I am scrubbing...... but am more afraid of the grout getting harder and harder and harder to remove the longer it sits. Thank you!!!!

p.s. I am just assuming that since the vinegar is able to break down the grout on the surface.... would it not do the same to the grout in the lines?.... do I need to just be ultra careful and only scrub up to the edges of the tiles? Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Signed: frustrated in Canada


Last edited by markdrum1; 09-27-2010 at 01:04 AM.
markdrum1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2010, 02:11 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: oregon
Posts: 505
Default

Removing grout from top of ceramic tiles


what's the tile? if it's natural slate you're going to have issues that will take you awhile, if it's somewhat fresh you might be able to get it wet and scrub it out with a scrubby sponge. i always have a scrubby near by when i set and grout any tile. you're correct in not wanting to press on a tile with wet thinset unless it's to level it. once it's dry and you're grouting it's no big deal though. if you have ceramic tile, granite, marble it should be pretty easy to remove.

racebum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2010, 11:47 AM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 3
Default

Removing grout from top of ceramic tiles


No it is not slate....... just cheapo ceramic tile from Home Depot.... looks good though!!! lol ...... I'm gonna wait for the full 24hrs then go at it with the water/vinegar mix and see what happens. If it doesn't work.... will full strength vinegar harm the tile? Still worried about what the vinegar and water will do to the grout lines in between the tiles as I am scrubbing the tile surface... any suggestions?

Thanks!
markdrum1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 09:38 AM   #4
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 3
Default

Removing grout from top of ceramic tiles


Figured it out....... from another site..... thanks for all the suggestions and advice
markdrum1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Re-tiling a bathtub surround BillyB44 Remodeling 39 01-24-2011 06:10 PM
Removing film from tiles after using Bostik premixed grout J Hemmens Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 1 08-24-2010 08:10 PM
Removing cured grout from surface of slate tiles Mikedks Flooring 5 09-28-2009 12:38 PM
Do I need to grout fireplace tiles? xiard Remodeling 4 04-17-2009 07:19 AM
Cracking Grout Between Shower Tiles average General DIY Discussions 9 05-08-2007 02:20 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.