Cleaning Grout Haze

Cleaning Grout Haze

Ever wondered what is grout? Want to know various techniques for cleaning grout haze? This article elaborates on the various methods and some tips to follow while doing the same.
We always tend to tile the walls of our bathroom and kitchen. Surely, you must have heard about the grouting process of tiles. It is a very common and essential process, without which the tiles won't remain fixed. It holds the tiles together by filling the gaps between them. Grout is a cementing mixture made up of cement, sand, and color. Often, after the grout dries, a haze covers the tiles, that is the formation of a cloudy, turbid film.

If you are finding it difficult in removing grout haze from tiles at home, here are some ideas which will help you for the same. Removing grout haze from the tiles is a pre-requisite to restore the beauty of the tiles.

Removing Grout Haze Off Tiles
  • Firstly, make sure that the grouting has been done properly. Let it dry completely. One would think that wiping with a wet sponge or a rag will do. However, that's not the cure for grout haze. It will tend to increase every time you try wet wiping.
  • Use a dry sponge or rag to clean the tile. Rub the tiles so that the haze gets removed. Do not rub harshly. You might just end up getting scratches on the tiles, which you wouldn't want.
  • Try to remove as much haze as you can with the help of a rubber float.
  • Also, you can wipe the tiles with a wet sponge 2-3 hours after the application of grout. You will have to repeat the process 3-4 times a day.
  • Use ready-made grout haze cleaner. Do not mistake it with the grout cleaner. Use the former to clean the haze. Mix it with appropriate amounts of water, and then apply on the tiles diagonally, using a terry cloth. Wipe the tiles immediately with wet sponge. Grout haze remover is readily available in tile shops.
  • In case the grime is too hard to remove, go for dry or wet vacuum cleaning of the tiles after application of the grout haze cleaner. The vacuum not only sucks the haze, but helps dirt removal from grout as well. Later, wipe the floor as usual with wet sponge.
  • Treatment with acids, like the sulphamic acids or crystals of the same dissolved in water, is recommended. Apply and then wipe with a wet sponge. You can make use of pumice stone in place of acid. These two are precisely used for ceramic tiles.
Some Tips to Follow
  • Always read the instructions written on the packaging of grout haze removers, cleaners, or acids, before using them.
  • Make sure you test the products before putting them to actual use.
  • While you are doing the above activities, make sure you wear hand gloves, and protect your eyes with the help of an eye protector. Keep in mind that you are dealing with harmful chemicals.
  • Use grout sealers of good brands to prevent dirt settling on the pores of grout. This will also enhance the shiny appearance of your tiled floors.
  • Rinse the used sponge properly with water after every wiping.
Homemade Remover
  • What you need to do is just mix up vinegar, ammonia, baking soda, and water to spray onto the tiles. Wipe it off with a damp rag, sponge, or scouring pad. Make sure you use right amounts of the above ingredients for better results.
  • Sugar dissolved in water, can be applied onto the tiles with the help of paper towels. Let the towels stay on the tiles for 2-3 hours. Later, clean with a wet sponge.
It's easy, so why not give it a try? You can always go in for professional cleaning of tiles if you turn out to be unsuccessful at home.
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