Fix the old homeowners' home fix-it job


Old 02-24-03, 02:56 PM
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Talking Fix the old homeowners' home fix-it job

We just moved into our house beginning of August. The previous homeowner was a real do-it-yourselfer-but-don't-ask-anyone-how. He put down ceramic tile in the kitchen, half-bath and hallway. There is some type of sealant, grout, doohickey stuff on the tiles, especially where it meets the walls or carpet. It won't wash off and looks dirty. Can it be scraped off or is there a safer way to removed this stuff? I'll get to repairing all the other "cool projects" later. Thanks!
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Old 02-25-03, 05:31 PM
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It sounds like the DIYer properly used caulking for expansion issues, but applied it improperly, and got it all over the tile surface.

You should be able to scrape it off with a razor knife, and get any remnants off with a scouring pad, like the 3M green pad. A little rubbing alcohol used with the pad may help break the adhesion to the tile.

NOTE: Test the tile, grout, and/or carpet for colorfastness before using the alcohol, and have good ventilation. Rubbing alcohol IS flammable.
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