How to Remove Grout From Textured Tile

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Textured tiles can add distinctive style and aesthetic appeal to any interior or exterior space. Cement-based grout is often used in tile installation to seal tile joints and add stability. However, grout can become smeared onto tile surfaces during the grouting process. The additives in grout strengthen and harden as grout sets, making grout increasingly difficult to remove with passing time. Once grout reaches full strength, it is nearly impossible to remove from textured tiles. Certain supplies can effectively remove grout from textured tiles.

Things You'll Need

  • Work gloves
  • Spray bottle
  • Solid oak stick
  • Wet vacuum with attachment
  • Clean plastic bucket
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Nylon scrub pad
  • Paper towels
  • Put on work gloves to protect your hands from the splinters.

  • Fill a spray bottle with warm water. Spray water liberally onto the affected tile.

  • Scrape off the grout by rubbing it with a solid oak stick with square edges. Frequently spray water onto the tile to prevent scratching the surface. Remove as much grout as possible from the tile.

  • Vacuum the tile with a wet vacuum attachment to remove loose grout debris. Operate the wet vacuum according to the manufacturer's directions.

  • Fill a clean plastic bucket with 1 gallon of warm water. Pour 1 cup of granulated sugar into the water. Thoroughly mix the solution to dissolve the sugar.

  • Pour the sugary water directly onto the affected tile. Keep the sugary water on the tile for two hours.

  • Scrub the tile with a nylon scrub pad to remove the remaining grout.

  • Spray the tile with fresh water to rinse away the sugary slush and grime.

  • Vacuum the tile with the wet vacuum to remove the loose grout debris. Thoroughly dry the tile with paper towels.

  • Repeat the process if traces of grout remain on the tile. Clean each remaining tile separately using the same techniques.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to use an acid-based grout remover if the grout is extremely hard. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the product's label.
  • Never use steel wool, metal scrapers and other abrasive products, as they can permanently scratch tiles.

References

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