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I have just had my bathroom done and the builder didn't clean the grouting off the tiles afterwards and now i am left with a grout haze. i have tried washing with a sponge several times, washing with a half water half vinegar solution and scrubbing with a deck scrub brush all to no avail it just won't go away. is there any solution i can use to remove it?

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Try using a mild abrasive patent cleaner with Scotchbrite pads. This would be about the least invasive method of harsh cleaning, which you seem to need. If that does not work, there are industrial strength acid based cleaners available. These are extremely harsh and need to be used with care, gloves, eye protection old clothing etc, and adequate ventilation. Another less aggressive cleaner (I cannot vouch for its effectiveness) is equal measures of ordinary table salt and Baking Soda mixed together and used as an ordinary scouring powder - it would probably work better with Scotchbrite pads. Although the glazing on tiles is tough, it can be scratched and the luster take off with harsh treatment, especially if the tiles are of the very smooth type. Good luck.

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