Grout joints over 1/2″ wide need a heavier gauge blend of sand to perform well. Avoid using acid to clean polished stones and glazed tiles because it can etch the surface of the tile and bleach the grout joints. If you use acids make sure the tile surface is saturated with clean water first, and then thoroughly rinse immediately after cleaning. If you use a latex modified or polymer modified cement grout then the haze can be a latex haze, which an acid will not remove.

Soft polished stones or soft glazed tiles can scratch when being grouted with a sanded grout, so always test the sanded grout with the tile first to make sure it doesn’t scratch it.

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The stone can be re-polished, but the glazed tile may not be repairable. A gentile sulfamic acid or a highly diluted phosphoric acid might be used, or a highly diluted vinegar. Acidic cleaners are only used to remove cement film and does not work to remove other types of stains.

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This is a problem we often come up against where a builder or tiler does a good job of laying the tiles but for some reason doesn’t remove all the grout from the tile and we have even seen some jobs where the grout smears have been sealed over which makes it even more noticeable especially on a polished floor. The pads come in a set of four, you start with the coarse pad together with a little water and this cut’s through and removes surface grime, surface seal and in this case grout haze as well. The pads did the trick and had the surface polished to a high shine which was the look the customer was hoping they would have had in the first place.

Fortunately for the customer we are able to resolve such problems and after agreeing the process we set about solving the problem.

You then progress through the other finer pads one by one until you get to the final polishing pad which provides a high polish. All in the job took two days and the customer was extremely happy with the final result.

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It’s next to impossible, though, to completely clean the floor before the grout dries, so it is common for a hazy film to remain. When the grout is wet, risk of scratching is minimal, but you must be careful when removing dried grout. However, grout haze (unless very faint) is often a difficult case and requires a specific type of cleaner. Many people (even some in the stone industry) mistakenly believe that all stone must be sealed in all cases no matter what.

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Understand sealing does nothing to prevent etching (corrosion due to a reaction with acids) of the polish. So, you only want to seal if the marble really needs it and can “take” a sealer. They let the sealer dry on the stone which predictably resulted in a very thick hazy film all over.

This is super-fine steel wool that won’t scratch the granite (careful on the marble though since it is softer and scratches easier). If you have haze or dullness after grouting, it is likely from the grout. I did not have any streaking the next day and the marble still looked great before grouting. Haze from sealer residue , will generally show once dried and cured. Thus, the haze you currently have is not likely from improper sealing. Mineral spirits likely would have removed a sealer haze that was applied just 24 hours earlier. Possibly it is sealer haze, but you need to use a stronger solvent.

It’s a myth likely due to sealer manufacturers marketing their product and over-simplification of care and maintenance recommendations from those in the stone industry, media, etc. However, there are a lot of stone varieties (including granite, marble, travertine) that are naturally dense and virtually stain-proof without any sealer. Marble that has a “polished” finish is even less absorbent and in many cases is essentially non-absorbent.

When a sealer is applied to a polished marble it is highly likely to just sit and dry on the surface and leave a haze. You cannot let a sealer sit and dry on the stone as is often (incorrectly) recommended by installers. Usually this requires the use of a powerful solvent like methylene chloride. Sometimes you get lucky and a little scrubbing with acetone does the job. Actually with polished marble you may not even need to seal it, since polished marble is not very absorbent and doesn’t stain easy.

There is a haze on the tile from the install process that needs to be cleaned off before it is sealed. However, removing grout and grout haze from polished marble tile can be a delicate and tricky operation. If truly just a haze, then typically not a problem, but you should carefully sweep up all chunks and other debris prior to removing the grout haze.

Nearly all “grout haze removal” products are made with acids and will etch (burn) the marble floor tile ruining the polished finish and leaving it dull. Neither will damage your stone at all and both are very good for cleaning most substances from the surface. Grout haze and hard water deposits are very similar and the above product is super-effective at removing both. Plus, after removing the grout haze you’ll have the best cleaner to use on your shower and/or bathtub! You can easily determine when to seal or not by testing the stone using water to see how absorbent it is.

The primary reason to seal is to decrease rate of absorption by the stone.

If you try to seal a stone that is not very absorbent, then the sealer will just dry on the surface (and not below the surface in the pores like its supposed to) leaving a dull streaky haze that must be removed using nasty chemicals. Also, considering that you aren’t going to be spilling a lot of coffee, oil or wine in your bathroom, sealing is often useless overkill particularly in the shower/tub surround. I also reapplied sealer to remove some of the dull spots and that seemed to work. If the surface was shiny and without streaks or anything weird 24 hours after sealing, then no sealer issue.

If the marble was absorbent enough, then it could have taken up all the sealer without issue. Also, you should wait at least 2-3 weeks after a installation before sealing a marble tile floor to let all the moisture evaporate first. And polished marble typically has a very low rate of absorption and rarely needs sealing. Although, it appears in this case the sealer was able to absorb and no haze was left. It is true that many stones can benefit from application of a sealer. It does “etch” easily, however, and many mistake “etching” for “staining” and make the incorrect conclusion that “marble stains easy”… Polished marble usually does not need (and cannot even absorb) a sealer. However, the haze can develop from improper application of a sealer as well even on a stone that does need sealing. To remove the haze you’ll need to strip the dried sealer off the surface of the marble tile. The major problem you will encounter is etching from acidic bath products and/or alkaline cleaning products.


This haze is the residue left over from the grout used in tile or floor installation. Removing the grout haze too early could bring up the grout that you want to remain between the tiles, and this could in turn create a new layer of haze. For example, if the grout haze is not too thick or extensive, you could try cleaning individual tiles. This is a time consuming and tiring process if you’re looking to clean an entire wall or floor this way, but it is an effective and useful trick to keep in mind if there are specific, isolated spaces with grout haze. Glove are a must, so as to protect skin from coming into contact with the solution. Finally, ensure that you properly ventilate the space that you are treating, as the product will create some fumes.

This will prevent any residue from drying and forming a new coating of haze.

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This might make it necessary to apply the solution a couple of times if the haze is proving to be stubborn. If there is a light dusting starting to appear, then you will be able to vacuum it up quickly before it has a chance to harden and require a more robust removal again.

If you are still unsure of the process, it might be worth putting a call in to a professional tile setter (or quizzing the one you hired to set the tiles), to make further enquiries.

Unfortunately, many people are surprised and more than a little disappointed in the finished result of their work, because on first viewing, the tiles or wall will be coated with a white coloured haze.

This article will explain in better how to achieve that sparkly finish and get rid of that annoying grout haze. You’ll want to get rid of it as soon as possible after the installation is complete and the grout has cured. Too late and you’re looking at some backbreaking work as the haze has hardened. Additionally, while the solution is effective in removing grout haze, it could potentially discolour metals and cements, so it’s important to avoid it coming into contact with these materials. Regardless of how you remove the grout haze, after you have finished scrubbing the tiles, give them a dry and buff until dry using a terrycloth towel. It’s also worth monitoring the space after you’ve done a removal round. Removing grout haze does not require the expense of hiring builders or cleaners, and the fact that it might take a couple of rounds of cleaning means that tackling the job yourself could save you a good deal of money. The test reports are objective evaluations about the long-term viability of the product specified in your project. We are proud of our long tradition with natural stone and the quality of our stone products.

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Did the grout haze and residue remain on the porcelain tile to long to affect the cleaning process?

I would appreciate any advice, recommendations or opinions to this issue. For cementitious grouts, the haze should be polished off with dry clean cheese cloth soon after the tile surface dries leaving a haze. Sometimes the haze could be a latex residue from the polymers in the grout or thin-set mortar. If you used a very corrosive acid to try to clean the tile it could possibly etch the surface.

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This can only work if this is an unglazed and unpolished porcelain tile. Always test out the method in a out of the way spot before you apply it to the floor. Make sure they are credible and qualified with a lot of experience.

I still have dull residue and dripping spots on a large portion of the tile., after three day of cleaning the tile. What would be considered a adequate time frame to have started removing the grout haze and residue from the tile? The grout formed a haze and dull residue on the tile surfaces. The dripping spots would look like you carried something wet across the floor and drops appeared.

There are special removers of latex haze that can be bought from the various tile and stone cleaning and sealing manufacturers. In really difficult to remove conditions at scrubber with water and detergent with silica sand could possibly do the trick.

There are stone restoration companies who can deep clean and refinish stone and some tiles floors.

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The surface may become clean after a number of months or years in the outdoors. Since first impressions are always lasting, it’s worth preventing efflorescence problems from the start.

As you may probably have already encountered when utilising harmful chemicals and so called quick fix products, just washing the efflorescence off the surface usually starts an almost endless cycle of more efflorescence rising to the surface. The art of professionally removing efflorescence is using the right product and the right technique or methodology. To ensure the best possible standard of customer satisfaction and communication our specialists meet personally on site with every client to formally assess their needs in the first instance and develop an itemized proposal and quotation detailing the recommended procedure.

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We have years of experience cleaning, sealing and restoring all types of tile grout and stone.

In many situations it may be more convienent and save a lot of time and energy to simply hire a professional tile, grout and stone cleaning and restoration contractor.

We provide our experience with unique insights to help you make wise decisions about cleaning and restoring tile and grout. Our professional tips and advice can save you a lot of time, money and frustration when cleaning, sealing and restoring your tile, grout and stone. This can save you some time and money and give you the satisfaction of doing the job yourself. Professional contractors have the tools, equipment and experience for doing this type of work.

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Simply screw in a board on the wall, even with the countertop, across the space where the counter is missing. Be sure to use tile spacers between the bottom row and support, as well as between other tiles, so there’s room for caulking. When your mosaics or subway tile do not end at a corner, or are not otherwise framed, use trim pieces to finish. Your framing pieces do not need to match; a contrasting color can create a stylish look as well. Houses settle over time, and this edge needs a more flexible material – use caulk instead. Wipe the tile with a damp cloth to remove the hazy film, and repeat daily as needed until your tile looks as it should.

But remember, even the best professional installers had to learn these same tips and tricks along the way.

You’ll save even more if you do it yourself instead of paying the labor costs of professional installation. Here are some common problems you may experience, and some tips to help you handle them like a pro. This is no problem when installing a backsplash over a countertop, but when you tile behind appliances, such as your range, there’s no counter for support. When the tile installation is complete, you can remove the support. Measure where the outlet needs to come through the sheet and trim off those tiles.

This can happen days later, even after you’ve carefully cleaned it off.

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I have laid marble once as a hearth in front of a pellet stove, but did not grout (left no space’s). If you back butter each tile with thinset and also thinset the floor, you’ll have full contact and adhesion, and a thick enough setting bed in my opinion. The heat cables are thick, either 1/8″ or 1/4″ depending on what you bought. Use white thinset so that its color doesn’t affect the grout later.

Look for tiles that are not perfectly square, lay down ten in a row on the short length, measure total length; turn them all 90 degrees, measure length; compare two numbers. If after tiles are laid down, you have corners that don’t align well across all four tiles, you can slide a grinder blade in there to open the grout line spacing at the corner so that all four tiles appear to align. You need a decoupling layer somewhere under the tile, this could be cbu, or a membrane. It needs to be 1/2″ higher than the highest point it is covering over a plywood floor, though. If it is a polished not honed finish, think an oil-based sealer will make the polish look shinier. Plus, no worries about clipping the wires with your trowel as you go. If you get it wrong, the cost of all materials over again may make the project less fun financially. Different brands have different capabilities, as well as the changes in characteristics if you use their latex additive verses water alone. This means that your money is secure until you receive the goods you are paying for ultimately making you feel more secure and relaxed when dealing with us.

I am doing the floor and tub surround as well as a 6″ trim around a fiberglass 1-piece shower. It is impossible to remove grout haze from polished marble.

This helps you figure out how bad the grout lines will look if they are too thin to enable you to compensate as you go for the uneven squareness. A stone tile install requires twice the stiffness for both the joists and subflooring as does a ceramic install.

That gives you a flat surface to lay tile on, which you definitely want with marble. Using it over concrete slab is one thing, over plywood an entirely different thing.


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