How to Clean Grout Haze From Glazed Tile

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How to Clean Grout Haze From Glazed Tile
Scrub away grout haze to leave your tile looking clean. (Tile wall image by Pontus Edenberg from

Grout haze occurs on tile surfaces just after installation. When the excess grout is not completely removed from the surface of the tile, often a thin residue is left behind which creates the hazy or cloudy look on the surface of your tiles. Glazed tiles are generally already sealed, which is fortunate because it makes cleaning the grout haze much easier as you can scrub the film away from the smooth surface of the tiles.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Scouring powder
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Scouring pad
  • Clean towels
  • Grout film remover
  • Paintbrush

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  1. 1

    Sweep the tile with a broom to remove any loose grout residue or dirt from the tile.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle scouring powder on the tile and spray a little water onto the scouring powder. Scrub with a no-scratch scouring pad or a scrub brush in a circular motion to remove the grout haze.

  3. 3

    Wipe away the cleaner with a damp sponge.

  4. 4

    Dry and buff the tile with a clean towel to see whether the grout haze has been removed.

  5. 5

    Apply a grout film remover to the surface of each tile with a paintbrush. Avoid getting the grout film remover on the grout lines. Let the grout film remover rest on the tile for 20-30 minutes or as indicated on the package directions.

  6. 6

    Scrub the grout film remover with your scouring pad or scrub brush to remove the grout haze. Rinse the area with clean water to remove the grout film remover and buff the tile with a large, dry towel. You may need to repeat the application of the grout film remover if the haze persists.

Tips and warnings

  • Grout film remover is available in home improvement stores. Choose the appropriate type of grout film remover for the type of grout used in your tile installation such as epoxy grout film remover or latex grout film remover.
  • You might be tempted to use a steel wool scouring pad such as S.O.S. or brillo pads to clean the grout haze, but these items can scratch the surface of your tile, leaving behind unsightly marks.

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