The bathroom tile looks so good, y’all, but it wasn’t that way until yesterday. Some of you who have been reading longer than 3 years or so probably remember a post about grout haze after we finished laying our faux wood tile floors. So what’s the deal with another post on removing grout haze?
Well, even though we’ve been working on our home for awhile now, we’re still learning new and better ways to do things, and we just have to share. This is a simple little tip, but it’ll save hours of scrubbing. And if you saw it on our Instagram stories yesterday, no spoiling it for everyone else!
Most orbital sanders have a velcro surface where the sanding pads attach. This actually sticks really well to the bristly texture of a ScotchBrite scrubbing pad. So all we did was stick two pads on the bottom of the sander and cut around them to get rid of the excess.
Now the pad doesn’t work exactly like velcro, so you may need to swap the pads out as they begin to fray during use, depending on how big your tile job is. Mine worked fine for our bathroom, but they started to slip toward the end so I wanted to set proper expectations.
Mix the vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray it on the tile and give a few quick passes with the sander.
While our previous grout haze experience seemed easy, this time was a breeze. We had the entire shower area done in less than 5 minutes. I gave it a quick spray with the handheld shower head and it sparkled.
So this is, by far, the easiest way we’ve found to remove grout haze. But who knows! Maybe we’ll learn another way in another 3 years and write another post. Do you have any special grout haze removing secrets, or upcoming tile projects where this will come in handy? Anyone else gotta try to use this technique for just cleaning the shower (why not!) Let us know and stay tuned for more bathroom progress tomorrow – it’s finally almost done!
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