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Author: Steve
Date: 3/18/2008 9:18 pm EDT
I just finished installing and grouting avaire in my bathroom on Sunday. I cleaned up per the instructions and it looked good. I let it sit a day before doing anything else to it. I noticed what looked like dull water spots and figured this was residue from the grout. As I cleaned (just using a damp, clean sponge) the dull spots got larger and it appeared the top layer of finish was coming off. We set one of the leftover tiles down and realized the flat finish is what the new tile looked like, there was no shine. So, where did the shine come from and now how do I get a consistent look on the tile? It sure doesn't look good right now. As a matter of fact, I can rub hard with a moistened finger and a plastic like film will come off. Help!

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Author: Jonathan
Date: 3/18/2008 9:35 pm EDT
Based on your description, I would say you have some grout residue on the tile. The plastic-like film is actually a urethane residue. A citrus-based cleaner diluted in fresh water will remove the "haze" (which in fact can be shiny looking). If the haze is especially stubborn, there is a product called "KrudKutter" that definitely will clean off any residue.
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Author: Steve
Date: 3/18/2008 9:53 pm EDT
What do you conside a citrus based cleaner?
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Author: Jonathan
Date: 3/18/2008 10:21 pm EDT
There are a variety of citrus based cleaners available in stores. Most are clearly marketed as "Citrus-based" or "Orange-based". KrudKutter is the specific cleaner brand I know will remove a particularly stubborn grout haze, but there are others that will work.
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Author: Steve
Date: 3/19/2008 1:09 pm EDT
Thanks for your help, I appreciate your responses. I just assumed the haze would be dull like the grout you mix.

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