grout haze help!!!!!!!

halfwaythereApril 19, 2013

Hi GWers! It has been a while since I posted. Been fighting with my contractor to wrap this b!+ch up. It has been a nightmare with him not showing up. So bad in fact we took a few projects away from him, one being the backsplash. I've tiled before so I figured I'd do it it myself. It came out beautiful if I do say so myself. :) Problem is, I went well beyond the recommended 2 hours to wipe off the haze and its really stuck on there! Ran out to home depot for 1 thing and well you know how that goes. Ended up browsing like I had all the time in the world. 3 1/2 hours later its a hazy mess. I can gently scrub and buff each individual tile and it comes back but its killing my back! Does anyone know of a better way, a chemical or a solution perhaps? Thanks so much. The tile is a pineapple onyx. Pics to follow...

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halfwaythere

Before grout... see the mirror-like sparkle?

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 7:27PM
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halfwaythere

After grout and much scrubbing :(

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 7:29PM
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halfwaythere

This section is half grouted and half ungrouted so you can see how dull it is.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 7:31PM
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snookums2

There are acid cleaners you can use. I'm sure someone here knows but you can also check over at John Bridge Tile Forum. I think they say start with a mild vinegar. Forget if it's straight up or diluted. (applicable only to other stones and tile)

Did you seal the onyx first? Doesn't that have little cracks in it, that is, some porous areas?

This post was edited by snookums2 on Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 20:49

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 7:32PM
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sserra85

DO NOT use an acid based cleaner!! you will etch the hell out of it and it will be even worse!!!!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 8:19PM
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snookums2

Yes, check with a professional first before doing anything! I was just trying to offer some initial reassurance.

You might have to resort to having it polished again.

This post was edited by snookums2 on Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 20:55

    Bookmark   April 19, 2013 at 8:30PM
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halfwaythere

Thanks for your help. I went over to that forum you mentioned and it looks like they recommend using diluted white vinegar and a gentle scrubbing pad. I tried it and it worked! The sparkle is back. :) happy here!!!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 3:27PM
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