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What can I use to clean my brick fireplace

I have a brick fireplace that has been great over the years. I was wondering, since I can't pressure-wash the grout or brick with a cleaner, what can I use to bring the brick and grout back to life?
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Need help diagnosing if there is a leak in my shower threshold

I had my shower remodeled about 3 years ago and recently have started to notice some issues in the grout around the threshold. There appears to be some mineral deposits at the base of the threshold on ...
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White stain on grout between tiles. How to clean?

I have black matte finish shower tiles with black grout. I have scrubbed the tiles and grout with a 1:2:1 peroxide:baking soda:dish soap ratio. Tile and grout cleaned up and all soap scum removed but ...
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Mixing slate stacked stone panel ledger and porcelain tile on shower wall - selecting thinset, grout and sealer?

I'm redoing my shower from scratch and fell in love with the combination of this Slate Multicolor Porcelain Tile and Splitface Slate Panel Ledger: I have limited experience with tiling and have ...
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Shower Grout Coming Up - How to redo?

The floor of the shower is a bunch of irregular stones with grout between them. After about 12-16 months in the house the grout started to come up. I suspect that I needed to have reapplied water ...
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Bathroom shower grout stain mystery

I completely redid my shower with quartzite slabs. The ground was done in glass chiclets and bright white sanded grout. About two weeks later we noticed this stain bleeding in from the bottom edge of ...
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What would make a good temporary joint filler between vinyl tile?

I'm living with the peal and stick home depot tile that could be installed either grouted or groutless. I chose the latter. I have lots of dirt catchers now. Yesterday I was patching the walls ...
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What sand is best for thin-set mortar?

I understand that unmodified thin-set mortar is typically 25-35% portland with most of the balance being a fine sand. If I wanted to make my own where could I obtain this fine sand? What is it ...
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How do I reattach pool tiles?

The following tiles: Have fallen off the side of the swimming pool here: Questions: What should I use to stick them back on? I notice that they appear to have grouting between them. Is that a ...
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How to prevent this shower floor buildup?

I keep getting this white buildup in my shower floor and I'm not sure how to stop it. I'm able to remove it if I plug off the drain, fill the basin with vinegar, and scrub really hard. But when I did ...
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I put caulking in between tiles that had grout already underneath it. What do I do?

My floor tiles had unsealed grout already in between the tiles. I went to Home Depot and bought a “sealant”, but it was actually caulking. I ended up putting caulk over top the unsealed grout in ...
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Mapei Aqua Defense Repair

I used Mapei's aqua defense to waterproof my shower curb, floor and walls after gutting the shower, and redoing the curb, shower floor mud bed and hanging new durock. So far I've only installed the ...
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Concerned about grouting pre-sealed pebble floor

I installed pebble tile on my shower floor, but haven't grouted it yet. I read to pre-seal before grouting, but later read a warning to only apply sealer to the top of the tile and be careful not to ...
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Grout in shower stays wet in some spots?

A few years ago I had my shower redone- complete with tiled floor. I believe the contractor did not seal the sanded grout for a few reasons to lengthy to mention. After less then two months the ...
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Cracked grout and leak in shower side wall - short and long-term fix given foundation work?

There is extensive cracking in the grout along the upper portion of our shower side-wall, both inside and outside of our shower. We've also noticed a leak in the shower wall, likely due to the fact ...
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What areas of a shower are the most prone to moisture & mold?

This may sound like an obvious question but I am thinking of a specific diagram which I have seen in the past which I cannot locate. It showed a sort of diagonal division between the wettest areas ...
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To reduce shrinkage, is it wise to mix sanded grout with unsanded grout?

Is it ok to mix sanded with unsanded grout provided the grout is from the same manufacturer? I'm using Home Depots Polyblend product.
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How can I prevent water from seeping through grout joints of porcelain tiles on exterior deck?

A deck above living space was repaired last summer after discovering water damage below. After installing a waterproof pvc membrane manufactured by Duradeck, porcelain tiles were set. I recently ...
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Tiling shower- filling gaps between tile and drywall

Hi all – I would love some creative ideas to fill a couple of small gaps left by a bad tile installation job. Tile goes most of the way up the wall in the shower stall, and then backer board. There ...
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DIY Grout / Caulk

I have my adult son living in my basement. He noticed water dripping about a month ago, then it stopped. A month later he noticed it again. My son in law suggested it may be from the missing caulking ...
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How to clean fireplace grout?

Please see the attached photos. I'm not sure what is even in the grout but it appears stained green-brown with mildew maybe? I used an electric power drill grout brush attachment (see picture) with ...
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How can I deep clean grout in my kitchen?

I've tried homemade recipes with baking soda and lemon juice. I've also tried store bought cleaner/repair stuff. So far, it's still dingy. Anyone know of a powerful (and somewhat safe) product that ...
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Removing grout haze from the grout itself…options?

I just grouted my new shower floor yesterday using a dark gray (pewter) grout that matches the tiles. Looked great going down. I let it sit for a half hour, then began wiping off the excess with a ...