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Old 04-07-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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Wait to seal if I need to remove haze on grout lines?


Much of the new grout in my kitchen seems to have some haze on it, i.e. it's lighter than other areas. If I lightly scrape it with my grout saw the light portion will come off and reveal the correct color.

So if I plan to try to remove this haze with vinegar or sulfamic acid or whatever (have some lingering haze on some of the tile faces also), can I assume I should wait until the final cleaning before sealing the grout?

Is there any kind of time limit BEFORE which I should get the sealer on? The last batch of grout was put in this past Saturday, 2 April. I plan to wait until the grout has been in at least 10 days before cleaning with anything (which is what the sulfamic acid specifies).

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So if I plan to try to remove this haze with vinegar or sulfamic acid or whatever (have some lingering haze on some of the tile faces also), can I assume I should wait until the final cleaning before sealing the grout?
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Is there any kind of time limit BEFORE which I should get the sealer on?
Any of the sealers I have ever seen have those recommendations on the label. They do vary by manufacturer.

Which sealer are you planning to use?

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Any of the sealers I have ever seen have those recommendations on the label. They do vary by manufacturer.

Which sealer are you planning to use?
Only sealer I have used before is TileGuard's water-based sealer, the one in the aerosol can that you turn upside down and spray along each grout line, wait 5-10 minutes and wipe dry, then apply again after 30 minutes and wipe dry.

It says you can spray it only 1 hour after grouting (didn't want to do it that soon). It does not give any maximum time before you should apply the sealer.

I used this product in my bathroom that I tiled 2-3 years ago and it seemed to work well. The grout still looks very good there other than a bit of surface dirt/dust in the corners of the room.
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