Cleaning grout off non-glazed tiles?

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Old 12-30-07, 12:30 PM
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Cleaning grout off non-glazed tiles?

I seemed to have done an inadequate job of cleaning the grout off my backsplash, as shown here:

http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/6...ksplashvd9.jpg

Does anyone have any recommendations on the easiest way to remove it off the tiles? The two alternatives I've found so far are either a doodlebug brush or an acid crystals.

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Old 02-08-08, 05:35 PM
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Bumping this up. I've heard of using white vinegar or sugar water... any specific recommendations?
 
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Old 02-08-08, 06:33 PM
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I see what you mean.............................................

You are doing all that can be done. Is that sulfamic acid I see there? It is stronger than vinegar so keep on keepin' on.

Good luck.

Bet things will be done a little differently next time.
 
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Old 02-08-08, 08:26 PM
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same story different room

we did the same thing in a shower. It was the last 2 feet above cultured marble walls. Our tile said glazed but still didnt wipe clean easily. I'm sure we took too long to wipe off excess but anyhooo.....
Not sure that the pros would approve but we wiped down with muriatic acid, careful to not get all over the place then just plain scrapped it. We then sealed grout and tile alike with a high gloss sealer. Purely an amatuers suggestion but the main ingrediant was elbow grease and the knowledge that we wouldnt take too long ever again. Our tile looks very similar to what you showed and the results at first were similar.
 
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Old 02-09-08, 06:07 AM
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Muriatic acid will work, but theres a lot of other concerns with muriatic acid. Its dangerous stuff and really shouldnt be used here, especially by the inexperienced. Keep going with the sulfamic acid.

Bud, I figured you wouldnt want to touch this topic again so I did. I remember last year.
 
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Old 02-09-08, 10:05 AM
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The "acid thing" is currently playing a return engagement over at CT also. Can't seem to get through to 'em.
 
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Will the suflamic acid take mortar off bricks?
 
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