How to clean dried grout from tile surfaces

Updated February 21, 2017

One of the most important steps when laying tile and spreading grout is to clean the wet grout from the surface of the tile before it dries. If you don't do this, the grout residue will dry on the surface of the tile to create grout haze. This haze will mar the appearance of the tile and make it look dirty. However, there are ways you can clean the tile to remove the grout haze.

Mix 1 gallon warm water with 1 cup sugar. The sugar will accelerate the solution's ability to dissolve the grout haze and residue.

Spread a thick layer of the sugar water over the surface of the tile with a sponge.

Let the sugar water set for at least two hours.

Scrub the dried grout film off with a plastic scrubbing pad. Work in a circular motion until the water gets cloudy and the grout residue dissolves completely.

Rinse the area with clear water and dry it completely with a clean cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Sugar
  • Sponge
  • Plastic scrubbing pad
  • Clean cloth
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Kaye Wagner has been working in the fields of journalism and public relations since 2006 and is a recipient of a National Hearst Award. She is particularly interested in home-and-garden projects, as well as beauty and fashion writing. An avid traveler, she also writes travel reviews and guides. Wagner earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Brigham Young University.