How to Remove Dried Mortar Off Porous Travertine Tiles

Italian Travertine marble imparts the sensation of Mediterranean antiquity. Thin, Travertine tiles are fairly affordable and easy to install; its setup differs little from that of other stone or ceramic tile. Grout lines, whether thin or wide, discreetly join the tiles into a lovely whole. Extra grout — often mistakenly called mortar — is sometimes left on the tiles too long. Removing dried grout from porous Travetine tiles can be as easy as wiping it with a moist cloth or as called dissolving it with a commercial grout remover.

Wipe the tile using a white terry cloth rag dampened with clearwarm water. Rinse the rag in fresh water often. The more the grout has set, the harder you need to scrub.

Dissolve harder grout with a liquid, non-acidic grout remover available from the tile part of your regional home center. Dilute it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Rub the tile with a fresh, white terry cloth rag or towel. Rinse the towel with clean water often.

Scrub the grout remover into stubborn grout, using a rough, synthetic scrubbing pad — occasionally call a”green pad.” Alternately, If grout is trapped in the natural lines and pockets of Travertine, use a nylon or natural-bristle scrub brush to operate from the grout remover. Avoid scrubbing the grout remover to the grout lines.

Scrape any remaining grout bits off the surface of the Travertine, using a putty knife or wallpaper scraper. Work carefully to avoid gouging the rock. Once the grout is loosened, repeat Steps 1 to 3, as needed.

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