Removing Grout From Tiles?

When doing a tile job one of the common problems is grout that is not properly cleaned off of the tile before it dries. This is a page about removing grout from tiles.


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

Our sons tiled our house a couple of months ago and we are still trying to get the extra grout off the tile where they didn't finish cleaning it. Any ideas how to get it off? We have scrubbed and soaked, bit it is still there. Help please.

By Terri from Pensacola, FL


March 20, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

As a plumber I do lots of tiling. You have work ahead of you because time was not taken when it needed to be. OK there are grout removers available at hardware stores. If you use the above suggestion be careful if you have high gloss tiles you will scratch them and look at those scratches forever. If you apply pressure be careful not to crack your tiles.


I would call a specialist a tile supplier, an importer. They always have high end tile setters that they may recommend (or that purchase from them). I think the grout remover solution is a good idea, but be careful not to wreck your sealant (which would have your newly renovated bath at risk for leaks).

I see another sight recommends a Dremel only do this for complete removal. Remember your tile is new if its over 48 hours its already set, so take your time and take expert advice.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
March 22, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

My husband is a builder so I have cleaned my share of grout off tiles. If it is only the filmy substance left on top of the tiles, use a solution of white vinegar and water with a Scotch Brite pad.


If the grout is heavier, use very, very light fine grade wet sandpaper. Go slow and good luck. This is a tough job. My fingernails can attest to that.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
March 22, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

You waited too long after grouting to remove the grout haze. Now it needs to be acid washed. While this sounds scary and damaging, it will just remove the grout from the tile and not damage the grout lines -- if done properly. Contact your local floor covering store or possibly Lowe's or Home Depot and they can sell you the muradic acid and give you directions. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, just ask them to recommend a good installer to finish this up for you. I've been in floor covering for 16 years.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

May 25, 2012

How do I go about removing the grout from my shower tiles? We grouted them, but kinda made a mess in the end by not having experience on this. We thought we had to let it sit for 24 hours. Well we did and now can't get it off the tile or the tub. We have scrubbed and scrubbed. What do we do now? There has to be some chemical we can use. Please help.


By lil mamma

Answer this Question...

Home and Garden Home Improvement Stone and TileApril 5, 2013
Summer Ideas!
Back to School Ideas!
Coronavirus Tips
Pest Control
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2020-07-22 08:45:47 in 2 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2020 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Add to PageAsk a Question