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How long after grouting a floor do I have to wait before mopping?

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It is best to wait at least 72 hours before mopping a newly grouted floor to make sure the grout has a chance to cure completely. This also allows enough time for the adhesive substances on new tiles to cure.

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Grout haze that remains on the surface of the tiles is buffed off with cheese cloth; if any remains, it is cleaned away with a grout haze remover that is formulated to work with that particular type of grout. If the tiles are made of natural stone, it is better to use a natural stone cleaner rather than grout haze remover; many grout haze removers contain sulfamic acid, which etches stone. Following grout haze removal, it is best to maintain the floors by cleaning them with a damp mop once a week, using a cleanser with a neutral pH that does not stain or damage the grout.

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