How to get rid of excess grout?

Hi, looking for some advice..

Just had the bathroom tiles by my father in law and finally put on all the grout on Monday night. Problem is though when they dried in i cannot seem to get all the chalkiness off the tiles!! Ive scrubbed them 3 times with warm saopy water but as soon as they dry in the just look a complete mess. i.e covered in chalk or Grout haze...!!!!

Any advice on how i shift this? Any products to get rid of it?

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A stiff brush or some sort of scouring pad should work.

maybe try a soft kind of scouring pad, nothing that might damage tiles. sorry if its bad advise i dont do DIY. but its probably something i would try haha

PhearFactor

A stiff brush or some sort of scouring pad should work.



beat me to it.

pink-ka

maybe try a soft kind of scouring pad, nothing that might damage tiles. … maybe try a soft kind of scouring pad, nothing that might damage tiles. sorry if its bad advise i dont do DIY. but its probably something i would try haha



Thats what I did and it worked. I remember doing mine and I got it everywhere, its a horrible job. Next bathroom I have I want full walls of some sort of sheet materials. No grout and easy to clean. You learn by your mistakes

As far as I know it needs to be scraped off somehow. I have had to do this before and- although it was time consuming- I found an old credit card and/or a paint scraper to be really good. You need something flat which is a bit flexible in my experience. Good luck! It's a pain of a job. Failing that I would recommend hydrochloric acid which we used on an art project when I was at school, but I don't know how easy that is to get hold of

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Thats what I did and it worked. I remember doing mine and I got it … Thats what I did and it worked. I remember doing mine and I got it everywhere, its a horrible job. Next bathroom I have I want full walls of some sort of sheet materials. No grout and easy to clean. You learn by your mistakes


The mistake you made was not cleaning the tiles BEFORE the grout dried. Its easy then. I just use a damp jumbo sponge and rub gently on the tiles avoiding the grout lines if possible. Then once dry, any residual grout on the tiles just brushes off. Damping it again just smears it around over the tiles again.

Original Poster

Cleaned em all up with a wet sponge as soon as the grout went on.

Its a mixture of dark and cream tiles, cant really notice on the cream but the dark ones are a complete mess. Its like the grout wont shift no matter how hard i rub.

If the excess grout is a film on the face of the tiles use a DRY cloth to remove it. (If you use a wet or damp cloth it just smears it around)

If the excess grout is standing proud in the joins between the tiles use the rounded edge of a nail file to reduce the height of it.

only use cool clean water on tiles nothing else and to remove grout use the cut side of one of the left over tiles it will not mark and it will work on any bits left also up and down the lines to smooth them out a dry sponge from top down only will drag off any dust left try it it will work

if its just a haze thats left on let it dry and then wipe it off. it will fall off like powder so wear a mask or something. If its actually hard then your buggered!

Original Poster

Its not gonna shift that easily. They are porcelain tiles with quite a rough stone like finish, its like the grout has sunk into em.
I think i'm gonna have to get a chemical remover

I removed grout from my porcelain tiles using a kitchen scouring pad - took a fair amount of elbow grease but it worked - that was ages after it dried too.

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Original Poster

Anyone else help me out here? Cant seem to get rid of it with scourers?

Just a guess but if you have a steam machine then I think that may well do it, and it would be easy.
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