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Do not apply any skin care product, including skin creams and petroleum jelly, to your hands unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
Grout contains Portland cement, which is caustic and abrasive. If it gets on your skin, it may cause mild inflammation, blisters or contact dermatitis. If the grout stays on your skin long enough, it may also cause skin ulcers or third-degree burns. In severe cases, skin contact with grout may lead to deadened skin, discolored skin and even disfiguring scars. Always wear gloves when handling grout. If the substance does touch your skin, rinse it off immediately. The longer it stays on your skin, the higher your risk of injury.
Rinse your hands immediately under cool running water.
Scrub your hands with cool water and a slightly acidic or a pH-neutral cleanser. If you are unsure of the pH value of your cleanser, do not use it.
Bathe your hands in a solution of vinegar and water if you do not have a pH-neutral cleanser. Use about half vinegar and half water. The mild acidity will help to neutralize the grout's caustic properties.
Dry your hands gently. If you have any open cuts, sores or otherwise damaged skin on your hands, cover the cuts with a bandage.
Go to the hospital as soon as possible if you have cuts on your hands or if you notice irritation, burn marks or other damage to your skin.
- United States Department of Labor; Occupational Safety & Health Administration; Preventing Skin Problems From Working With Portland Cement; Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
- Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health; Cement Hazards and Controls Health Risks and Precautions in Using Portland Cement; Dru Sahai
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Household Products Database - Home Maintenance
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