How Do I Remove Grout

Using tiling for floors and walls is becoming more and more of a popular trend in home decorating and that means grout is being used more as well. Changing the look of your home and redecorating it can be exciting and the transformation from old to new can seem like it takes place in an instant. If you are looking at the idea of using tiling on your walls, it is possible for you to install the tile walls yourself, although you will need to be extremely careful and exact in most cases.

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or someone that likes to pay someone else to do the work and eliminate the headache, you will always find that there are a few things to take care of once the job has been completed. A good workman always cleans up after himself. Depending on who you have hired, or naturally if you do the job yourself, you may well be the one to do the cleaning up.

Cleaning up the Mess

When it comes to installing tiling, you will find that grout often gets smudged and smeared on the tiles during the process of installation. Grout spoils the look of the tiles once the job is finished. As a general rule, it is a good idea to try to keep grout off the tiles as much as possible during installation but inevitably, some grout, if not a lot, will get on the tiles.

Grout gets harder and harder in substance with time. Therefore, it is important to get to the task of removing the grout from your tiles as soon as possible after finishing the work. The longer that you wait, the harder the job of cleaning will become.

If you get to the task of removing grout from tiles quickly enough, all you will need is a little bit of elbow grease, lots of warm water and a few sponges. Do not use any metal tools at all to scrape the tiles, things like Brillo, etc. Metal tools can permanently scratch and mar the surface of your new tiling.

Grout Scraper Sticks

Many Home and Garden experts recommend the use of solid oak sticks for the task of scraping grout from tiles. The wood is a nice, natural substance that is strong enough to do the job yet gentle enough to leave the beauty of the tile surfacing in tact. Use solid oak sticks in combination with a vacuum or sponges, to wicker away loose grout as you scrape. This way, the grout does not re-attach itself to a different area of the tiling.

After you have removed the clumpy pieces of grout from the surface of your tiles, you will probably notice that the surface is not completely clean. It will have what we call, Grout Haze on it. Removing this haze is quite simple. Use the synthetic sponges that you have purchased to wipe it off with water that is very warm and clean.


An alternative to the use of solid oak sticks for removing clumpy grout is synthetic sponges. This is the type of sponge with a scouring pad that is commonly used for washing dishes.

You will need to scrub the tiles with the scouring pad while using lots of water; the more water that you use the better. Do not expect magic, you may have to go over tiles a few times to get rid of all of the discoloration. Scrub until the surface is clean and then dry the area with a clean, dry towel or rag.

Grout does not do any harm to the skin however, if you do choose to use solid oak sticks, wear gloves to protect your skin from splinters. In fact, you might want to wear gloves regardless of the tools that you use. This way you can protect your hands from blisters as well.

See Also:

Guidelines for Applying Grout