I HATE grout haze. It’s my current nemesis, although I’ve made huge progress towards eliminating it. Removing it requires lots and lots of scrubbing. With warm water and a green kitchen scrubbie. And once you think you’ve done as much scrubbing as you can handle, you have to do more scrubbing. And rinsing. Lots and lots of rinsing. On the tougher spots I used a mixture of white vinegar and water. Thanks to my boss Jim [as opposed to my hubby Jim] for suggesting that! When in doubt, white vinegar.
Grout haze is a film of water and grout that settles and dries on tile. It’s impossible to avoid, since a lot of grout gets smeared on the tiles during the grouting process:
And gets smeared even more when you run the grout sponge over everything to remove excess grout and smooth out the grout lines. Grout haze is particularly frustrating with dark tile like slate since it shows up more. I thought since I’d sealed the slate before grouting that haze wouldn’t be an issue. Wrong! Here’s some pics of the grout haze I dealt with yesterday after grouting the rest of the closet and a few tiles outside the closet:
The one lone tile was easy to clean:
But the haze covering the 6 big tiles at the closet entrance was a nightmare! Each time I scrubbed the haze with my green scrubbie and dropped it into the warm water it released a billowing cloud of grout:
Which at least made me feel like I was getting somewhere. But about every 3rd scrub I had to refresh the water. It took an hour to get the row in front of the closet clean, and another hour to get the row behind it clean:
It’s so nice having the whole closet grouted and cleaned!
I spent another hour going over ALL the tiles in the hall and removing any haze I could from them:
This afternoon I got another section grouted:
Right after grouting I washed as much haze as I could off the tiles with a kitchen sponge, being careful not to touch the wet grout. After the grout had set for an hour, I went back and scrubbed the remaining haze off with my green scrubbie and warm water.
I only have one small section to go! Woohoo!!! Then I can seal it and finally move onto the closet shelving.