How to remove tile grout

Remove tile grout

If the grout between your tiles has become grubby or chipped, you may need to remove it and then regrout the tiles. It does take a bit of effort but after regrouting your tiles will look as good as new!

To successfully remove tile grout, follow our step-by-guide.

How to remove tile grout step-by-step

Step 1: Prepare the area.

If you’re removing grout from wall tiles, lay down a dust sheet to protect the surrounding area.

Step 2: Select your tool.

You can remove tile grout manually with a grout rake or with an electric grout remover. Both tools work just as well, but if you have a large area to work on, then you may find it quicker to use an electric grout remover.

Step 3: Remove the grout.

Manual –  Insert the triangular tip of the grout rake into one end of the grout line. Apply firm pressure and drag the scraper along the grout line about the length of one tile. Lift out the grout scraper, return to the starting point and repeat the process until you have removed in that line.

Electric – Press the oscillating blade of the tool into the grout lines between the tile.  Make small strokes to remove the grout, adjusting the speed and pressure as necessary.

Be careful not to scrape the tiles as you are removing the grout. Remove the grout as far back as the thickness of the tile.

Step 4: Brush out joints.

Get a stiff nylon brush and brush out all the loose grout, dust and debris from the tile joints.

Step 5: Clean grout lines.

Vacuum all the dust away from between the tiles and then wipe a damp cloth over the tiles to remove any remaining debris.

Once you’ve successfully removed the old tile grout, you can start again with fresh grout. For help on grouting, read our “How to grout tiles guide“.


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