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Posted: October 14, 2008 12:09 PM

Please help me.  I bought new tiles for my kitchen.  They were shiny and bright when I bought them, but now they look dull and dusty since I had them installed.  I tried mopping with water but its not removing the dusty haze.  What do you think happened and what can I do about it?




Mr Marion
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Orlando, FL
Posted: October 14, 2008 12:29 PM

RE: why are my new tiles dusty looking
Without examining your floor myself I can only guess. Most likely the grout haze was not removed after the floor was grouted. If this is the case then your installers need to come back to correct the situation. Usually, this haze can be removed with a couple of dry terry cloth towels but if won't easily come off there are products available to remove this haze.

I would recommend using TileLab grout haze remover but only as a last resort:


If you end up using a haze remover yourself, use caution as it may be mildly acidic and could potentially etch your floor. Do a test spot in a hidden area first.

Let us know what happens and if you need any more adice. Good luck!
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Joined: April 2009
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New York, NY
Posted: April 28, 2009 1:32 AM

RE: why are my new tiles dusty looking
This is a great homemade tile and grout cleaner that is safe for frequent use. It also works well for removing soap scum and cleaning tile counters.

* 1/2 cup of baking soda
* 1/3 cup of ammonia
* 1/4 cup of white vinegar
* 7 cups of water
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to mix. Do not use this in conjunction with chlorine bleach or where chlorine bleach has been used. (Never mix ammonia and bleach containing products.) Simply spray it on and then wipe with a damp sponge or cloth. No rinsing required.

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Posted: April 29, 2009 6:47 PM

RE: why are my new tiles dusty looking
Thanks for the tips.  I'm going to give that a try. 
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Ontario, ON
Posted: November 23, 2016 1:41 AM

RE: why are my new tiles dusty looking
Good tips... Thanks for sharing Harmon Smith
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Canandaigua, NY
Posted: July 14, 2017 2:05 AM

RE: why are my new tiles dusty looking
Hi there, I think you need to wash them with the machine. In my home when we have set up new tiles the professionals washes it with a machine which makes it clean and shine. I think you should try it.
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