So the walls are painted the sink base has been built, the serving bowl has been turned into a sink, the plumbing is ready to be finished and we laid the marble hexagon tile.
It looked absolutely beautiful.
But then we grouted. And now our beautiful tile looks like this:
Not beautiful at all. In fact, in person, it might as well be vinyl.
Apparently, this issue is called “grout haze.” I did a lot of Googling last night and couldn’t really find anything useful. However, I did learn this morning after another hour or so Googling, that this occurs when the grout settles into miniscule grooves in the surface of the marble.
Unfortunately, most “experts” that offered advice online blamed two things: not wiping up properly after grouting and/or using sanded grout as opposed to non-sanded. Well, no amount of wiping was getting that haze up and we used non-sanded grout. So don’t believe ‘em!
There are products out there to take care of grout haze, but only one is suitable for marble, so this week, we’ll be seeing if we can get our hands on a bottle.
In case you ever plan on laying your own marble tile, they say the only way to prevent the haze is to seal the before grouting. It would definitely be worth the extra step.
UPDATE: we found an easy and natural solution to the problem, read here.