How to Remove White Residue From Grouting Tile

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Once grout has been applied to tile, it is necessary to clean up the excess and wipe away any residue that remains from the application process. Though time-consuming, this ensures that the final appearance of the tile is clean and polished and that your renovation or restoration is bright and shiny.

Things You'll Need

  • Grout float
  • Sponge
  • Water bucket
  • Scraper
  • Cotton rag
  • Once grout has be applied, remove excess grout while it's still wet by first tilting the grout float up to use it like a squeegee. Clear away most of the grout from the surface of the tiles by moving the float across the tiles diagonally so the edge does not dig into the grout lines.

  • When the surface of the tiles begins to haze over with drying grout, begin wiping away the excess. Dip a large sponge into clean water, and squeeze some of the excess water so the sponge is wet but not dripping. Run the sponge across the tile surface, and continue in a rhythmic motion until all grout is removed from the surface of the tiles.

  • Once the grout has dried, remove any excess using a scraper. Be careful not to scratch the surface of the tile. Allow the scraper to slide along the surface of the tile as opposed to letting it dig into the ceramic.

  • Polish the tiles with a dry cotton rag to remove any powdery residue created by the wet grout previously applied. You might need to do this two to three times on each area of tile to remove all the residue and leave a clean, bright surface.

  • Once all residue is removed, apply a grout sealant. You can choose either a spray-on sealer or a sealant with an applicator tip. For the spray-on type, spray the entire surface, and allow the sealant to penetrate into the grout. For the sealant applied with an applicator tip, you will need to apply by following the lines of the grout. Though sealing grout is not required, it improves the longevity and preserves the clean appearance.

References

  • "Tiling: Expert Advice to Get the Job Done Right"; J. Garskof; Sunset Books; 2009
  • "Tiling: The Essential Guide to Home Decoration"; J. Cassell and P. Parham; Time Life Books; 2000
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