Remove Grout Without Damaging the Tile

How do you remove grout without damaging tile

Depending on your taste, grout lining in between your tiles could be something you wanted to get rid of for quite a while, but you never got around to doing it, thinking the task is just too difficult and will take too long to finish. Wrong! Removing the grout from your tiles is extremely simple and easy, and if the room space isn’t too big, it can be done relatively quickly! If you have been procrastinating on this task, then now is the perfect time to get it done because we bring you a step-by-step guide to removing grout from your tiles without damaging them.

Few reasons why it is a good idea to remove old grout:

  • As grout gets old, it can get moldy. It is always easier to remove the grout itself than clean it.
  • The grout color will change over time since it will start to get dirty. You could apply color to the existing grout, but a much better way is to use a new tinted grout.
  • The old grout is getting chipped at and falling out slowly. Patching it using new grout won’t work well; best to clean it out and apply a new one.
Techniques to Deal with Grout on Your Tiles

Tools You Will Need To Remove Grout:

  • Oscillating Tool
  • Grout Removal Blades
  • Carbide Tip for Grout Removal Tool
  • Utility Knife
  • Safety Goggles
  • Vacuum

Here’s how to properly remove grout without damaging
your tile even a little:

Grind Away

Grab your oscillating tool and fit it with the grout removal blade. Power the machine on and grind away at it! Do not forget to wear your safety goggles first. Remember not to force the blade against the grout; let the tool do the work as you gently lead it horizontally or vertically. For better results, also grind at it using a slight angle.

Time for Some Scrapping

Now, grab your carbide tip tool and start scrapping. Slide the tool in the space you just created using the oscillating tool. Gently scrape against the pesky chunks that are still stuck inside. Don’t go too hard; you are only looking for large chunks of grout stuck inside the gap.

Clean Up the Rest

Can’t seem to scrape out some of those irritating grout chunks? It’s always better to use a dull blade because the blade will be significantly damaged once you are done, and a sharp blade could damage your tiles.

Vacuum the Mess

You can either vacuum the grout debris as you remove the grout, or you could finish all the grinding and scraping tasks first and vacuum it all in one go.

How do you get dried grout off of tiles?

All the methods mentioned above are good for getting fresh, soft grout out from your tiles but they won’t prove much effective against dry grout. Here’s what you need to do if your problem has dry grout in the equation:

You will need vinegar, paper towels, and an old toothbrush.

Now, pour an equal mix of fresh water and vinegar to get the solution you need to clean out the dry grout. Pour it on the spot you want to clean after laying paper towels over the grout. This is done to remove soap and dirt scum. Allow the solution to sit upon the grout surface for about 2-3 minutes before wiping using a clean fabric soaked in water. By now, the grout should bead up, making it a lot easier to clean it using the old toothbrush.

How to get dried grout off of tiles