How to Effectively Remove Grout

What is Grout?

Grout is a mixture of water, cement, sand and a little color tint (usually white).  Generally, it is used to fill in the gaps between the tiles. It is applied as a thick paste and hardens over time.

After a few years, your tiles will show some distinct signs of wear and the obvious area would be the grout. It will either stain, crack or come off, even if they were properly done in the beginning. During a house renovation, restoring grout around tiles can easily put back the shine in it.

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How to remove Grout

There are two ways to go about it, which is using a power tool or a manual tool. Obviously the manual tool is way more time and energy consuming as well as being the more arduous method of the two.

Using a power tool

It is possible to remove grout using the old-fashioned way i.e. using your hands but it is highly advisable to use a power tool. By doing this, it will save you plenty of time and frustration, especially if the size of the area is huge. If you are doing this for the first time, it can be quite intense and laborious. The oscillating power tool will saw out grout between your tiles.

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Using a manual tool

If you do not own a power tool or have no option to use power tools, you need a manual grout removal tool.

There are two types of grout tool being sold at house renovation stores.

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This first tool looks like a screwdriver with a triangular carbide tip mounted on its end. To use it, pull the tool through a grout joint until at least one-eighth of an inch has been extracted out. Use this to chip off the grouting.

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The second type of manual grout removal tool features a carbide grit-edged blade. It looks like a screwdriver with a mini saw attached on its end. To use it, simply saw into the grout in the same manner you would saw into wood.

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Here’s how you use a grout removal tool.

Removing grout is no doubt the hardest process in regrouting. If you are not a handy person to begin with, it will take patience and quite a bit of time to get into the groove. This is after spending your hard earned cash purchasing the tools and then needing to invest some more time into learning how to properly use them.

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