How to remove grout from tiles

Mr. HowToSpecialist November 17, 2012 Comments Off
How to remove grout from tiles

This step by step diy project is about how to remove grout from tiles. If you have installed ceramic tiles in your kitchen or bathroom, you should probably know that removing the hardened grout is maybe more difficult than the actual installation. When grouting tiles, you should always clean them thoroughly, as after the grout dries out it will be a lot harden to remove it off the tiles surface.


 

Taking into account there are many types of ceramic tiles, you should always read the manufacturer instructions before starting the actual project. For example porcelain tiles will scratch very easily, so you should avoid using abrasive sponges or scrapers. On the other hand, there are tiles with a rough texture that handle well the use of fine sand blocks or abrasive sponges.

If you use a acid cleaner, you should use protective gloves as the product might attack your skin. In addition, make sure you ventilate the room and wear a respiratory mask, as the substances are toxic. Nevertheless, in most of the cases, you don’t need to use these kind of products, as you can remove the hardened gout with just a sponge and clean water. Plan everything from the very beginning and work with attention.

In order to remove grout from tile surface, you needs the following:

Materials:

  • Abrasive sponge
  • Regular sponge
  • Tile cleaner

Tools:

  • Scrapper

Tips:

  • Wear safety glasses, when applying the products
  • Make sure you don’t scratch the tiles

Time:

  • 30 Minutes

 

 

 Removing hardened grout from

How to remove grout from tiles

How to remove grout from tiles

 

Removing grout off ceramic tiles isn’t the easiest or the most pleasant project, but it is a common problem when remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. In order to get the job done by yourself, you need to use a scrapper, an abrasive brush and a regular sponge.

Smart tip: Before starting the project, you should always read the tile manufacturer’s instructions, as there are products that require a specific method, otherwise you might scratch their finish.

 

 How to remove grout from tiles

Preparing the surface

Preparing the surface

There are many cases when the tile professionals forget to wipe the grout off, because of haste or lack of knowledge. For homeowners this is a completely nightmare, as removing the grout from tiles usually requires a lot of work, time and money spent on appropriate products.

Smart tip: Although in this cases the best thing you could do is to call them back to finish the job on their expense, in this article we will show you the basic techniques and methods needed to clean the tiles and make them look like new.

Removing hardened grout from tiles

Removing hardened grout from tiles

If you have to remove hardened grout from a large area, you should first scrap it with a putty knife. Work with great care and attention, to prevent scratching the tiles. Remember that you don’t have to remove all the grout, but just the surface, as it is impossible to clean the tiles without scratching them.

In order to clean the rest of grout from tiles surface, you will use an abrasive sponge.

 

Cleaning the residues

Cleaning the residues

Removing the rest of the hardened grout can be done in several ways. On one hand, you could use a an abrasive dish sponge (one side should be abrasive, while the other should be just regular sponge) and warm water.

Smart tip: On the other hand, you could also use a very fine sand block and a little water. Nevertheless, you should work with great care, to prevent scratching the tiles.

 

Cleaning grout residues

Cleaning grout residues

In order to ease the process, you could also use a professional product, such as a tile cleaner (make sure it is non-acid). You can find these products at any diy store, so if you don’t find them just ask one of the staff.

Smart tip: Spay the cleaner on the tiles, rub over with the sponge and let the product to dissolve the grout for about 2 minutes. Next, rub again if necessary and clean the surface with a wet sponge. Use a dry cloth to get the job done properly.

Cleaning the tiles

Cleaning the tiles

Last but not least, you should take care of the final touches. After removing the largest part of the grout, the chances are that the surface still has a haze on it. Therefore, use a damp sponge to clean the tile surface thoroughly.

Smart tip: Clean the sponge frequently, otherwise you won’t be able to remove the haze completely. In addition, using tepid water would ease the cleaning process, so make sure you pay attention to these aspects.

 

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