How to Remove Sanded Grout


If your sanded grout is stained, crumbling or you just want to change the color of it, it is possible to remove it without removing the surrounding tiles. Slow and careful work will get the job done as will using the right tools to remove the sanded grout.

Things You'll Need

  • Carbide tipped electric grinder
  • Thin bladed screw driver
  • Hammer

Removing Sanded Grout

  • If your sanded tile grout is crumbling, begin removing it from the crumbled section. You will want to work away from the grout that is firmly in place, towards the gap in the tiles.

  • Using an electric carbide tipped scraper tool that is made specifically for removing sanded tile grout, begin carefully grinding the grout. Be extremely careful to not touch the scraper tool to your tiles as this could cause irreparable damage. Grind slowly, in one direction, until you have removed all of the grout from in between the tiles.

  • If you don't have access to an electric grinding tool, you can remove your sanded grout using a fine bladed screwdriver and a small hammer. Hold the screwdriver blade carefully in the center of the grout line and tap it gently with a hammer.

  • Work carefully in one direction, tapping out the sanded grout a little bit at a time until the grout is completely removed.

  • With a soft brush or paint brush, remove all pieces of grout from between the tiles or use a vacuum to remove any debris left behind. Make sure the grout gaps are clean before adding new grout.

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