I have replaced a cracked tile in my kitchen and have set the grout accordingly. I must have missed a step because the haze (which is supposed to come up with a cheese cloth) is more like London fog, and is not coming up without significant effort.

Surely there has to be a better way to get (very thick) haze off the surface of a tile?

I have a Dremel and it was very helpful for removing the old grout- is there a relatively soft polish/brush bit I can use?

(Fortunately the tile appears to be pretty heavy duty, so I am less concerned about scratching the glaze than I am about removing the excess grout.)

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A Scotch Brite pad has always worked for me. If you are dealing with a large area, use a random orbital sander with a Scotch Brite attachment and the universal lubricant, water.

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    This was the most approachable solution (as my tile isn't smooth, otherwise the blade would have sufficed, I'm sure) and worked like a charm. Three cheers for Scotch Brite and water!
    – fbrereto
    Aug 16, 2013 at 21:05
  • Glad you found it useful.
    – blackappy
    Aug 17, 2013 at 0:12

You need to keep it wet. I use vinegar water solution and try to let it sit on the tile for a good 10-20 mins. Scoop it up and repeat. If you are polishing it dry you will make it worse (or no better).

Also next time take a heavy dawn/water mix and rub it on your tile before you grout. When it is dry then you grout. And your grout slides off the tile.


An amateur tile installer did not do any haze removal in our new shower. Alas, it was epoxy-based grout.

I tried vinegar, CLR, TSP, alcohol, water, and all kinds of "miracle" cleaning tools. The best was a plain $1.80 razor scraper plus time: approximately 80 hours (a few hours each evening for more than a month). In my case, it worked well because the tile had a mirror smooth finish. And the time spent was quite meditative and therapeutic.

If there had been any surface texture on the tile, I don't know what I would have done. Maybe bust out all the tile and do it again.

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