Do you have a quartz countertop that is covered in grout haze? The funny part is how it plays tricks on you!
You clean it up, and the haze seems to have been removed, only for it to resurface. Don’t worry; there are solutions to this common problem!
In this article, I will provide tips and tricks on how to remove grout haze from quartz countertops safely and effectively.
But first, let’s address the elephant in the room: What is grout haze? And how does it end up on quartz countertops?
What Is Grout Haze & Why It Appears On Quartz
Grout haze is a layer of residue that comes from the grouting process. It appears as a thin, white film on the surface of the quartz countertop.
Grout haze can be created from a combination of not wiping off excess grout residue as soon as possible and using the wrong cleaning products to clean the grout haze from the countertop.
These factors can result in a buildup of grout residue on the quartz surface that is difficult, if not impossible, to remove with regular household cleaners.
This can leave your fancy quartz countertops with a less-than-desirable look. Grout haze is common when non-professional grouting is done.
So if you have a quartz countertop professionally installed, ask the professional if they handle grout haze removal.
What In Grout Causes Hazing On Quartz Countertops
Cement and other mineral components are responsible for grout haze on quartz countertops and other surfaces like tiles. Grout is made up of cement, minerals/sand, and water.
The cement component is what gives grout its strength and determines how long it will last.
Once the grout sets, the cement and mineral particles in the mix react with water and create a thin film that covers your quartz countertop.
The thin film contains lime residues and other minerals, and that makes up the grout haze. The good news is that it can be removed without damaging the quartz surface.
How To Remove Grout Haze From Quartz Countertops
Now back to the main topic. I find using a grout haze remover like Miracle Grout Film Remover to be one of the best ways to deal with grout haze if you’re willing to get a good commercial cleaner.
But there are also some home remedies that can help you remove this pesky haze. The key principle in removing grout haze is to use an acid solution that can dissolve the lime residues.
You can make the solution very acidic or a lot more diluted with water, depending on the severity of the grout haze.
For instance, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and warm water (1:1 ratio) in a spray bottle and apply it on the quartz countertop to dissolve the grout residue. Or, if you want something stronger, mix baking soda with water (2:3 ratio).
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove grout haze from quartz countertops;
1. Using Lukewarm Water And Scouring Pads/Cheesecloth
Using lukewarm water and a clean cloth or scouring pads is a great way to remove grout haze from your quartz countertops.
While the lukewarm water helps to reactivate the grout, the cheesecloth or scouring pads help to safely remove the grout film without scratching the surface.
To use this simple method, here are the steps to follow;
- Just soak the cloth or scouring pad in lukewarm water, wring out any excess liquid and rub it on the grout.
- You may need to do this several times until all of the grout haze is gone.
- Once you’ve finished, wipe off the remaining water and grout residue with a clean cloth.
- Finally, use a dry clean microfiber cloth to buff the quartz countertop.
2. Using White Vinegar And Lukewarm Water
White Vinegar is an effective agent for removing grout haze from quartz countertops.
It is highly acidic and can easily break down the lime residues that make up the grout film.
To use this method;
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and lukewarm water in a spray bottle.
- Make sure not to shake the bottle to prevent the bubbling up of the vinegar solution.
- Spray the vinegar and water mixture onto the grout haze and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Then use a clean cloth to scrub away any remaining residue.
- Rinse the area with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a clean towel.
3. Using Baking Soda And Warm Water
Baking soda is a great alternative to white vinegar and lukewarm water. It is milder yet can still effectively remove grout haze from quartz countertops.
To use this method;
- Mix one part of baking soda with three parts of cool water in a bowl to create a solution.
- Using a cloth or sponge, apply the solution to the quartz countertop and leave it for 15 minutes.
- Using another clean cloth or sponge, gently scrub off the grout haze from the quartz countertop.
- Be sure not to use too much pressure, as it can damage the surface of your quartz countertop.
- Rinse the countertop with clean water and dry it off using a soft cloth.
- Repeat the process if needed until all of the grout haze is removed from your quartz countertop.
Tips For Removing And Preventing Grout Haze
As the popular saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Here are a few tips accompanied by the steps above to help you remove and prevent grout haze from quartz countertops.
- You want to use a wet sponge to wipe the countertop surface immediately the grout application cures.
- To know if the grout application has cured well enough, simply press the grout with a finger. If it stays firm and doesn’t smudge, then it is ready to wipe off.
- You can also touch the grout application, and if it gets stuck to your fingers, then it is ready to wipe off.
- Always allow the grout to completely harden fully before attempting to clean the grout haze.
- Averagely, it will take 24-48 hours for the grout to dry out completely.
- Do not wait more than ten days before attempting to remove grout haze from your quartz countertop.
- Find out if the grout used is epoxy-based, as this type of grout is made specially to prevent stains. This also means the haze it creates is a lot tougher to remove.
- In such instances, you will need a commercial cleaner to help remove the grout haze. Simply follow the product instructions when using such cleaners.
- You can also check if your grout is epoxy-based by reading through its package or consulting with a professional installer.
Grout haze is a common problem when installing quartz countertops. However, with the right methods and materials, it can be removed easily without damaging your countertop’s surface.
I hope that this article has given you all the information you need to remove grout haze from your quartz countertop effortlessly.
Q: How long does it take grout haze to appear?
A: Grout haze usually appears a few hours after the grouting process is finished. But it can take up to a few days for it to fully develop.
Q: How does grout haze look on quartz countertops?
A: Grout haze on a quartz countertop looks like a thin film of white or gray residue. It can look cloudy, hazy, or streaky.
Q: Can I use an abrasive cleaner to remove grout haze?
A: No! Abrasive cleaners will only scratch the surface of your quartz countertop, making it look dull and faded. It’s best to use a cleaner specifically designed to remove grout haze.