Discuss Clean grout from new bathroom tiles in the Tile Cleaning and Restoration Forum area at TilersForums.com

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Just had bathroom tiled. Good job but grout on wall tiles has seaped its way into every groove of the tile...floor tiles are spotless though.

tilemountain.co.uk/p/yosemite-grey-split-face-wall-tile

Ive made some progress with tile cleaning pads and dertedek residue remover, this worked wonders on grout haze on downstairs tiles...

Also using plastic scraper but its a real pain.

Just wondering if any tips to speed things up, should i use copper wire brush maybe or put acid on neat...?

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Did you have a Tiler in or was it DIY?
I can’t imagine a professional tiler leaving it in such a state, but if that is the case I’d get him back!
If DIY then try a wire brush with cement cleaner on a unobtrusive area to see how effective it is. Protect all surfaces and use in well ventilated area.
Those pictures are shocking.
 

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That's a poor grouting job and will, be a pita to correct, but needs doing take some advise from the the grout manufacturer on products suitable to remove the excess and as John said above be careful the product will be acid based ppe and make sure the area is well ventilated. Kop
 
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Done by pro tiler. Not sure why job so poor although he did say prior to grouting wall they would be a pain to clean.

But having used tile acid before I told him I would clean them. He finished on a Friday, and wanted the place cleaned...etc

Every other aspect of job is perfect.

Will have to wear mask as there’s not even a window in my en-suite

The grout is mapei Manhattan grey
 

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another photo to add to the horror album .... :(
I'm very sorry
 
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Will I wire brush scratch the tiles? They are porcelain.

Is copper wire safe?
 

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Grout has not seeped - it has just not been cleaned off properly.

The tiles are a pain to grout but any pro should manage to clean them.

Get the tiler back to clean them.
 

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I personally would not use wire of any sort he should of worked a smaller area and cleaned off far better , unfortunately elbow grease is the solution. Kop
 
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This is a nightmare. I’m using file deterdek neat with Brillo pads and stainless steel scourers

No damag to tiles. I’ve having best progress with orange polishing cones on a Dremel but I’ve ran out.

Maybe that tells me this is a power tool job. Any tips as the orange cones ran out very quick.
 
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Those tiles are a nightmare for this. The problem is that you often don’t see the grout when it’s wet. It only lightens and shows up when it’s dry. Bit extreme in this case though.

Tiler should’ve used a temporary Protective sealer
 
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I think the easiest way would be to get the tiler back to do his job properly, imho.
 

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Pointing with a grout bag and also using a tempory sealer is the way with these tiles. The bloke who's done the job is either totally incompetent or doesn't care. Yes there a pain to grout but so what, everything's a pain, you just get on with it. Call him back and tell him to sort his mess out.
 
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Yea he’s coming back, phoned him today.

But what can he do that I already haven’t.

He told me that day the tiles would need cleaned the next day. I definitely attempted to clean them the next day but it was rock solid.

Maybe he was expecting as easy clean if done within 24 hours.
 
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I think sanding is the way forward, going to try different grades behind the sink to test how coarse I can go
 

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If he gets too over-excited with sanding, even though the tiles are porcelain you can still tarnish the pattern. I personally wouldn't risk it.

It's hard on walls as grout removers ideally need to stay on the grout while it works. Gravity don't take too kindly to that idea on wall tiles.

The last time I had to do it with the LTP Grout Stain Remover (other brands are available), I put the solution in a spray bottle, shook the hell out of it to foam it up a little, sprayed it on the grout and constantly scrubbed with a mixture of a stiff bristled brush and a black emulsifying pad, occasionally spraying more solution on to keep it actively working. It will take the grout off slowly and you may need to use it neat, possibly 2-3 treatments in heavily soiled areas, but it will eventually work.

But very important, whoever does it using this method needs to open a window, wear a face-mask, goggles, rubber gloves, mask anything that is metal and give it a good rinse when its done.

Best of luck.
 

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That's a poor grouting job and will, be a pita to correct, but needs doing take some advise from the the grout manufacturer on products suitable to remove the excess and as John said above be careful the product will be acid based ppe and make sure the area is well ventilated. Kop
This is my post word for word please look above nice to see or foreign tilers contributing but please add your own recommendations to help the original poster
 

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This is my post word for word please look above nice to see or foreign tilers contributing but please add your own recommendations to help the original poster
Did find it strange he signed of kop
 

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This is my post word for word please look above nice to see or foreign tilers contributing but please add your own recommendations to help the original poster
And there’s me putting you on a watch list Wayne, cos I thought you’d forgotten yourself and signed off on a second profile! Hmmmmm :tearsofjoy:
 
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  • :microscope:
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  • :moyai:
  • :musickeyboard:
  • :mute:
  • :newspaper:
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  • :notebookdecorative:
  • :nutbolt:
  • :openbook:
  • :openfile:
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  • :pager:
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  • :radio:
  • :rightmagnify:
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  • :speaknoevil:
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  • :speakerone:
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  • :speechballoon:
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  • :telephonereceiver:
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  • :ticket:
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  • :vhs:
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  • :violin:
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