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Old 09-04-2018, 07:23 PM   #1
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We did a bathroom remodel about 6 months ago for a really awesome client. I got a call about a week ago that she was having some problems with the grout in the shower. It seems like the grout hasnít fully cured, leaving a residue in the tile after showers and when I wipe a finger down the joint it wipes pretty easy. The grout was Tec power grout.

I didnít do the install, it was my tile sub who has never had this issues before.




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Old 09-04-2018, 07:26 PM   #2
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Did you let it cure before use according to manufacturer directions? Try sealing it.
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Did you let it cure before use according to manufacturer directions? Try sealing it.


Yes it cured for almost a week, in a climatized house and the recommendation was 72hrs.

I am going to contact manufacturer and see what their recommendation is.


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Expired grout. Check date on bag.
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No need to seal power grout. I like it,it's all I promote.

Keep us posted if indeed it is the grout. I have never had an issue personally
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No need to seal power grout. I like it,it's all I promote.

Keep us posted if indeed it is the grout. I have never had an issue personally
No it doesn't but would you rather dig it all out or attempt a sealer first?
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That TEC power grout is some of the best ish around. And yes u do not need to seal it. Its the only thing I use for shower areas. Ur saying 6 months later the grout is not cured???
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I can't see the grout leeching, I'm inclined to think it's iron rich water or something like that.
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That TEC power grout is some of the best ish around. And yes u do not need to seal it. Its the only thing I use for shower areas. Ur saying 6 months later the grout is not cured???
Power Grout is the worst grout on the market (IMO). It's an SOB to work, it has a lowsy workable time and clean up is a biatch. Not to mention they have had some serious color issues as of late.

Better off with Mapei FlexColor CQ. Easy to work with. Longer workable time. No color issues. And the pigment is in the quartz so your clean up is so much easier.
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How about some info on the grout used? Without that it's hard to say what the issue could be.
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Power Grout is the worst grout on the market (IMO). It's an SOB to work, it has a lowsy workable time and clean up is a biatch. Not to mention they have had some serious color issues as of late.

Better off with Mapei FlexColor CQ. Easy to work with. Longer workable time. No color issues. And the pigment is in the quartz so your clean up is so much easier.
I wasn't going to mention it but I used Power Grout once and that was enough for me.
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Based on TNT, I've actually never used PowerGrout either...that said, it is indeed somewhat popular around here.

That looks like something to do with soap scum or minerals in the water...I tell alllllll my customers that tile is NOT the end all of looking clean easily...it takes work. I have more happy customers with one piece nicely installed cultured marble or quartz walls than I do tile.
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Thank for all the feedback. I ended up calling the fuller the manufacturer of the grout explained my problems. According to them Tec power grout has a very high color content, if you mix you grout in small batchís you can potentially get more color in some batches than other. Causing it to not cure our correctly, and allowing the color to leach out, which is what appears to happen.

This is a problem they have seen before, the have an acrylic sealer they are sending to help bond the color in. I am going to try it in a small area and see if it helps.


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Thank for all the feedback. I ended up calling the fuller the manufacturer of the grout explained my problems. According to them Tec power grout has a very high color content, if you mix you grout in small batchís you can potentially get more color in some batches than other. Causing it to not cure our correctly, and allowing the color to leach out, which is what appears to happen.

This is a problem they have seen before, the have an acrylic sealer they are sending to help bond the color in. I am going to try it in a small area and see if it helps.


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Another reason to ditch bag grout and go with a single component grout. No mixing. Which means consistent color and mix. No worrying about mixing dry contents, bad mix, blah blah blah.
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Power Grout is the worst grout on the market (IMO). It's an SOB to work, it has a lowsy workable time and clean up is a biatch. Not to mention they have had some serious color issues as of late.

Better off with Mapei FlexColor CQ. Easy to work with. Longer workable time. No color issues. And the pigment is in the quartz so your clean up is so much easier.
How the heck do you get the film off the tiles with CQ? I went through a dozen fresh buckets and sponges, wiping in a single direction. Then I'd put a little too much water on and it would bleed creamy white goo all over the tiles, then I'd hit it too dry and rake out a joint. Ended up using a scotch brite pad after to get the film off after.
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How the heck do you get the film off the tiles with CQ? I went through a dozen fresh buckets and sponges, wiping in a single direction. Then I'd put a little too much water on and it would bleed creamy white goo all over the tiles, then I'd hit it too dry and rake out a joint. Ended up using a scotch brite pad after to get the film off after.
I have a system. I've spelled it out in detail a few times.

1) wipe with sponge to remove most material
2) from second bucket sponge till clean (usually 2 passes)
3) from third bucket wipe with damp microfiber
4) wipe with a dry microfiber

If any haze presents itself once dry, clean with a window cleaner with ammonia.

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