Removing Grout on Tile

It is exciting to have new tile in your home. Not only does a room look brand new, tiling is a great way to increase your over-all home value. Tile is laid on a mortar base and grouted between the aligned grooves. During this process, grout can get all over the tile and make an unsightly mess.

Removing grout on tile is very important to not only look nice but to keep the tiles from becoming damaged. There are several methods to choose from for removing grout on tile.

Boiling Water Method

One method that is suggested for removing grout on tile is to use boiling water. You are to pour the steeping water over the tile area and wipe dry. This is an excellent way to completely remove epoxy grout between tiles and on tiles.

However, you would not want to use the boiling water method for removing grout on tile for standard tiling projects. You run the risk of cracking the tiling and ruining the grout that is between the tiling. If you are going to completely re-do the tiling project, the boiling water method would be the quickest and simplest method to use.

Water and Vinegar Method

Another method for removing grout on tile is to use a warm water and vinegar solution. You will mix ten parts of water to one part of white, distilled vinegar. You can use regular white vinegar but the distilled vinegar does a better job.

Mix the solution into several spray bottles. Spray the solution heavily onto the tile piece. Allow it to set for a couple of minutes. Wipe the tile with a clean sponge or clean lint free rag. Thoroughly rinse the sponge with clear water. Repeat the process until the grout film is removed from the tile.

Water and Soap Method

Another great method for removing grout on tile is to use regular strength dish washing soap combined with water. Rub the tile area with the soapy solution. Allow it to set for a couple of minutes. Rinse well with a sponge and clear water.

Commercial Chemical Method

There are many varied commercially available grout remover cleaners on the market. The key point to remember is that some of these cleaners can actually cause dark staining on the tiles. Prior to use test on a small area in the tiling project to make certain the chemical agent will not stain your project.

Work Quickly

It is best to work quickly when removing grout film and grout from tiles. You should only lay tile in sections that you can complete in 30 minutes or less. Before going to the next section and continuing with the tile project it is important to go ahead and clean as much grout and grout film off of the freshly laid tiles as possible.

Rinse Well

Regardless of which method you select, the key to keeping your tile clean and to remove the grout is lots of rinsing. You will need several sponges and rags to thoroughly rinse and wipe the tiles over and over.


Once all the grout film and grout are removed from the tiles, dry and polish them with a soft cloth. This will leave a nice luster to the tiling project and ensure that any remaining film is completely removed from the tiles.