Getting Rid of Grotty Grout

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At some point, your bathroom or kitchen will look really awful because of moldy, discolored tile grout. The tilework is one of the focal points of the kitchen and bathroom. And tile grout plays an essential role in the physical feature of the tilework. If it is moldy or dirty, it affects the entirety. You may come to realize that it does not work for you anymore and you need to do something to get rid of the eye sore.

Without a doubt, cleaning your tiles is practically easy and maintaining its cleanliness takes little effort. But its grout often lets the side down. But do not fret, a chipped or dirty grout does not mean you have to replace the tiles and start again from scratch. Just remove and replace old grout and it is a relatively quick and easy job!

But before deciding whether to remove your existing grout, assess if your problem can be solved with cleaning products like spray for molds and know that there are some techniques you can perform to clean dirty that only require things that are certainly available in your home like the infamous soda and vinegar mixture or any bleach-based cleaning solutions which are proven effective. You could also utilize products that can revive grouts which are available on the market. If all else fails and you still are not happy with the result, then proceed to the methods that we are going to discuss.

Basically there are two ways you can choose from in removing grout. You can either go with using tools that are electric-powered or manual tools. But the catch is you would be needing a lot of tenacity on the latter. We will go over whatever your choice or preference is.

Using Manual Tools

If you are on a budget and do not want to purchase a power tool, you would probably do it manually with the help of tools that are present in your house.


Tool Option 1: If you have an old model can opener (lever-type), you can utilize its tip. This should work just fine although you need to have patience as this process and tool necessitates time and vigor. Scrape out the existing grout with the point until every hardened grout is removed. If the point becomes blunted, hone it using a file.

Tool Option 2: You do not have an old can opener, no problem! You can always make a tool out of things. Get a shot to medium wood dowel and a 2-inch finishing nail. Create a small hole about an inch from the dowel’s end and using a hammer, drive the nail through the hole, and voila! You’ve got yourself a DIY grout-remover tool. Use it like how you make use of the can opener, point the nail in a joint between the tiles and do downward strokes to remove the existing grout. Again this requires patience to get results. Sharpen the nail with a file if it gets blunted.

Using Electric-Powered Tools


If you are aiming to finish your grout-removing project in a fast pace, then you should probably go with power tools. The advantage of making use of rotary tools for this case (or any job at least) is speed. However, a power tool lives up to its description. It can be powerful for such job. And in removing grout, you might damage tiles if you do not become extra careful using a powerful tool.

In using a power tool, first put the right blade assigned for tile grout and turn it on. Next, apply it to the grout and straight on, in a light manner. You do not need to put a lot of pressure on it. The blade should to do the work itself. For the grout that is hidden behind the tiles, incline the blade at an angle very slightly. But make sure to work carefully. We do not want to ruin any tile. After removing the visible grout, get a flathead screwdriver to remove loose bits that are still present.

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