There’s nothing like installing tile to notice a haze covering it a couple of days afterward.
Of course, that haze can’t be soap scum because, by this point, you’ve barely had a chance to break in the bathroom. Instead, the haze is the result of left-behind grout after tile installation.
Can You Remove Grout Haze from Tile Vinegar?
- 1 Can You Remove Grout Haze from Tile Vinegar?
- 2 Step by Step Instructions on Removing Grout Haze from Tile
- 3 What Other Products Can I Use to Remove Grout Haze?
- 4 Frequently Asked Questions
- 5 Conclusion
Yes, you can remove grout haze fromtile with vinegar but only on porcelain and ceramic tiles. The acidity in vinegar is too high to be used on natural stone like slate or marble. To remove the haze it will need to be dry but fresh (less than ten days old.) And finally, if your grout is epoxy-based, vinegar likely won’t work, and you’ll need a more potent product.
Step by Step Instructions on Removing Grout Haze from Tile
If you tiled recently and have a grout haze that appeared a couple days later, you can get it off with vinegar. For this to work, the grout needs to be completely dry but less than ten days old. Anything over ten days old will be too hardened and will require a stronger cleaner.
Here’s how to remove grout haze with vinegar:
- Mix 2 cups of white distilled vinegar to 8 cups of water
- Dip a soft cloth in the mixture and begin wiping away the haze
- Rinse the tile by wiping it in a cloth dipped in water only
- Dry with a fresh towel
If this does not remove the grout haze, you’ll need a more powerful chemical cleaner.
What Other Products Can I Use to Remove Grout Haze?
Here are a couple of products to consider:
Aqua Mix Cement Grout Haze Remover – This product is safe for virtually all types of tile. However, you’ll still want to spot test as it may lighten natural stone.
Tilelab Grout Haze Remover – This product is suitable for ceramic, porcelain, terra cotta, slate, and acid-resistant natural stones.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will vinegar damage ceramic tile?
Vinegar is entirely safe for ceramic tile. You can use vinegar to remove grout haze and clean ceramic flooring.
Can vinegar ruin unsealed grout?
Yes, if you haven’t sealed your grout and use vinegar to clean it often, it can ruin it. Vinegar is acidic, so it can penetrate and break down grout if there’s no barrier, like a sealant.
Will a Magic Eraser remove grout haze?
Since Magic Erasers are abrasive, they can remove grout haze. However, they can also damage your tile. So, if you want to try a Magic Eraser, test it in an inconspicuous spot first. If it doesn’t cause damage, use very light pressure to remove the grout haze from the tile. Be careful not to scrub the tile itself.
While you can remove grout haze from tile with vinegar, it’s not a guarantee. The success will depend on the type of grout and how old it is. Also, remember that this is only appropriate for ceramic or porcelain tiles.
If grout haze doesn’t come off your tiles even after tying vinegar, try a grout haze remover or contact the grout company to see what products they recommend.