Have you ever had a tile installation freshly grouted? Then you may have come across this problem. Right after and sometimes for days later, everything will look nice and perfect until suddenly a hazy film develops on your tiles. This is commonly referred to as a grout haze and it happens when grout is not completely cleaned off your tiles.
Grout haze happens after a tile installation when the whole surface is covered with grout. Even after the excess has been removed from the surface, little portions of grout can remain, leaving a dull white film behind. Removing this film is a little bit trickier than ridding grout of dirt and grime, which is why we want to share a few tips with you on how to do it.
You will need four tools to have the job done. Here are the methods used for removing grout haze:
•A rubber grout float
•Water and cheesecloth
•Diluted vinegar and a nylon scrub pad
•Commercial grout haze remover
•Allow the grout to harden properly: Ensure that the tile surface has dried properly before you try to remove any haze.
•Determine if the grout used is epoxy-based or not: This is because epoxy-based grout is hard and strong, and you will need a commercial cleaning product to do a good job.
Make sure you put on rubber gloves to protect your hand as you deep them into the cheesecloth. Wring through because a lot of water can damage grout. After that, wipe the surface using a towel or cheesecloth.
Check your tool bag and get into the surface with a damp tilling sponge. Buff the whole area with the help of cheesecloth. You can then shine a flashlight to see if there is still any dark and sticky residue.
If your tile is ceramic, then you can use a vinegar solution to wipe out grout haze. Depending on the surface that must be covered, you can use a soft nylon pad or mop. Use pure water to clean the area after a vinegar-water solution.
In case you choose to use a chemical cleaner, ensure your face is covered with a protective mask. You should also carefully follow the instructions for using the commercial product.
Grout Restoration offers a wide range of services including regrouting, cleaning and sealing, caulking, staining and tile replacement. If you are still having trouble removing grout haze after trying out these suggestions, give us a call!
By Grout Restoration Works 5-11-2022