grouting decorative tile

julescapFebruary 18, 2012

We added some beautiful decorative tile to our new ceramic tile shower. When it was grouted the decorative tile lost it's entire interesting beauty because the grout filled in the nooks and crannies , We were able to remove alot of that from it but now when I look at the tile, all I see is a grid pattern...just straight lines of grout. I am heartbroken...not the look I wanted at all. Has this happened to anyone else and is there something I can do about it?

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mydreamhome

There is some sort of horrible smelling cleaner that supposedly removes grout for situations like this. I don't know the name, just that it stunk up the whole house for days after our tile guy used it on our decorative tile. It didn't remove it all, but it helped. Don't know if he didn't spend enough time or if the grout was just that hard to remove. I also didn't understand how it was going to work on the grout embedded in the decorative tile nooks & crannies, but it wouldn't hurt the grout in between the tiles.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 10:37AM
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Lynne Reno

One thing to consider is the potential difficulty of cleaning those nooks and crannies in a shower if they aren't filled.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 12:30PM
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bill_vincent

mydreamhome-- most likely it was muriatic acid, and that's the WORST thing you could use. The fumes alone are enough to ruin bright metal finishes, as well as hurt the respiratory systems of small anumals, and in stronger quantities, even humans. That's some dangerous stuff to use in a home, and in fact it's now recommended throughoutn the industry that it not be used on tile and grout AT ALL any more.

Lynnblack's post was my next point. If you don't fill them with grout, they'll fill on their own with some real nasty stuff later.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 5:01PM
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julescap

oh what a shame:(

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 6:29PM
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