Removing Seal From Tile & Grout Problem

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Old 12-20-07, 10:10 AM
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Question Removing Seal From Tile & Grout Problem

My husband's brother in law laid tile in our kitchen for us. After laying the tile he put a sealer over it which has become a nightmare for me. Black marks and other stains are impossible to remove and have to be scrubbed off and in the process also removing the sealer. I have all of these ugly blotches now all over my floor. Is it really necessary to seal ceramic tile, I'd like to remove it permanently. What is the best product to use. Another a problem I have with this floor is after the grout seal was applied it dried with some ugly spots in some areas that also will not come out. The grout also came out much lighter than I wanted. Would painting the grout be the best alternative and if so what type to use....thanks!
 
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Old 12-20-07, 10:50 AM
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Is this a smooth or coarse tile? I had some problems when I did a tile job where the grout sealer made stain marks that looked like water streaks. I could have prevented this if it was wiped away immediately after application. If you have a smooth tile you can use a basic scraper with a razer blade to remove the grout sealer. Just be careful to make sure the blade is flat against the tile when scraping. If you have a coarse tile this probably won't work and hopefully someone else has a recommendation for you.
 
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Ceramic tile shouldn't be sealed, just the grout.
 
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Sounds like the sealer was not wiped off the tile when some got on the surface while applying to the grout? Either that or he applied on the entire surface without wiping the excess off the tiles? Sometimes the directions are confusing, especially when you don't have experience.

AquaMix makes a sealer and coating remover, it should work? http://www.aquamix.com/for_home_use/...8679&pgid=9833

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Old 12-21-07, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by JazMan View Post
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AquaMix makes a sealer and coating remover, it should work? http://www.aquamix.com/for_home_use/...8679&pgid=9833

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Hi Jaz,
That link didn't seem to work for me. Could you double check it?
Thanks.
 
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You're right, it worked fine yesterday.....

OK, go to www.aquamix.com then products, then problem solvers , and you're there.

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Old 12-22-07, 07:58 AM
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I went to the store to buy the aquamix grout sealer remover and they said the best way to remove grout sealer is to apply the grout sealer to the spots where it had dried on the tile and wipe it off.
 
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Some materials dissolve themselves, others don't. In wood finishing, lacquer does and polyurethane doesn't, thus creating a need for scuff sanding with polyurethane to create good adhesion. If the grout sealer is like the lacquer, they're right.
 
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Unfortunately they were wrong, and now I have some extra grout sealer.
 
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Old 12-28-07, 08:13 AM
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I received some information back from an AquaMix rep via email. Here is what they said,

Good day,
Thank you for contacting us.
We safely recommend scrubbing the Aqua Mix Grout Sealer residue off with water, a white nylon scrub pad and a good sprinkeling of the Baking Soda.
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XXXX XXXXX
Aqua Mix
Technical Support Specialist

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Hi, I didn't wipe off the grout sealer I used on the grout of my wall tile and it left streaks on the tile that look like water streaks but won't come off with any normal cleaners. The only way I have been able to get it off is with a sharp razer blade. It dulls the blade right away meaning I need 1 blade per tile. Do you have a product that can get this grout sealer off the tile?
Thanks,
Derick


I'll post the results of trying this later.
 
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Derick,
Just curious - did baking soda work? I am facing a problem similar to yours, so would be interested in your results.

thanks,

Ankur
 
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Derick,
Just curious - did baking soda work? I am facing a problem similar to yours, so would be interested in your results.

thanks,

Ankur
I apologize for not getting back to you on this. I was really busy fixing other things in the house and ended up selling it before I could test this out. I won't be able to test this out unless the new home owners ask me about it, and I will tell them to try this.
 
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Old 03-05-08, 09:36 PM
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One more thing, while cleaning some wall marks with a "magic eraser" from Mr. Clean I decided to try the "magic eraser" on the grout sealer marks. It seemed to work but only after a good amount of scrubbing. I think using a razer blade scraper even at 1 blade per tile would be just as effect and maybe more cost effective since the "magic erasers" disappear pretty fast.
 
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this is what you need to do....

You need to buy aqua mix sealer and adhesive remover... or heavy duty floor cleaner. Get down and dirty with it... scrub untill every last but is off of the tile and grout. The tile especially.. you CANNOT seal ceramic or porcelain tile. only the grout joints and only natural stone. Ceramic and porcelain are glazed, they are not pourus. The sealer will just dry on top and get guncky and drity just like it is doing for you. Unfortunatly you need to start over. By using a heavy cleaner it will strip all the sealer. You should notice a differece as soon as your done cleaning. Afterwards, you can address your grout issue. If there is shading and you want to change the color, go ahead and buy a grout stain, they ususaly come with applicators and are fairly easy (but tedios) to aply. Otherwise, if you are happy with the grout color, seal it... and im not talking like you had dont before. Go to home depot or lowes. Sealers choice gold (aguamix) or anykind of waterbased premium sealer is wonderful.. Absolutly do NOT get the spray can sealers. Then you can buy an applicator with a little rolly spunge at the top (again, near the tile tools)... keep a wet rag next to you to wipe it off of any tile that you get it on. Saturate your joints, let it dry, make sure you cant get a second coat in.... and you are good to go. Make sure when you clean you use a cleaner specific to tile that you get at lowes or HD. No bleaches, amonia, windex, 409, NO COMERCIAL CLEANERS. They will rip out your sealer, darken your grout, make cleaning alot harder and you have to do it more often. Sweeping and damp mop w/ water is the best. Good luck.
 
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