Asked on Jul 26, 2013

How can I clean grout residue off of porcelain tile?

Woodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comCAMAYSia@South 47th


My brother laid my tile on my bathroom floor but left residue from the grout on the tile. The tile is not a smooth tile it has ridges in it, it kind of resembles fabric. How can I clean the residue off of my porcelain floor? Desperate for help!!
8 answers
  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 26, 2013

    Hi @CAMAY , is it filmy or is it thick and hard? Home Depot has Grout remover, or you can carefully 'chip' it off with a screwdriver, being careful not to scratch your tile. If it's just a light thin 'film', then you can use soap, water and a soft sponge.

    on Jul 26, 2013

    Hi, thanks. It would probably be like a film if the tile were shiny but it is a ruff surface so it just looks like dirt on the tile. My tile is not marble it is porcelain. Would the same apply for porcelain?

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 27, 2013

    @CAMAY Ahhh. I'd probably go with the remover then, being very careful to apply it only on the tile and not in the grouted areas. ;)

  • Grout and thinset remover is acid. Not recommended on Marble as it can etch the surface. If you try this do this in a very small area before moving ahead. when grouting marble, it is suggested that you wipe the marble down with a tile sealer before you grout. This makes the grout easy to remove if it gets on the surface.

  • Well you didn't state if it was epoxy or regular - assuming regular grout Grab a grout sponge with the white abrasive pad on it & use a little water to help buff it out - yeah it will take a bit but it works great & is enough in most cases The second option is a buffer or you can try going straight to the third option which would be a haze remover / cleaner Now if it is epoxy grout, read the directions on the package & use what they recommend

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 28, 2013

    @Woodbridge Environmental Is it "Marble she has?

    on Jul 29, 2013

    I need a clarification about a response. My tile is not marble it is porcelain. Would the same apply for porcelain?

  • So sorry, Been doing a bath this weekend, with tons of Marble in it. (Photos to come soon) Its on my brain. But yes you need to be careful when using any acid based cleaner or in this case grout haze remover. It can etch the surface. After all your trying to remove type II cement.

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