There are a few reasons that you might need to remove grout. Hopefully, this is not something that you will need to do, as it is usually a difficult job. However, if you do find yourself in a situation where you need to remove grout from tile, then you should look into getting a grout removing tool.
There are a few on the market, and depending on how much you want to spend and how much time you are willing to take, you should be able to find a grout removing tool that will work for you and your project.
Remove Excess Grout Before it Hardens
If you are just going to be removing some excess grout from a tile installation job, you should first realize that there are a few factors that will be in your way before you even start. Before you grab your favorite grout removing tool, make sure that it will actually be possible to get that grout out of there.
Depending on the type of grout that you’re looking at or how long it’s been there, you might not be able to get the grout off of the tile without cracking the tile itself; something you definitely don’t want to do.
For grout that you are removing due to a mistake in a job, you’ll want to remove the grout as soon as possible. You should be able to do this with some pieces of wood and a nylon scouring pad. All you have to do is remove the larger chunks of grout with the wood, and then use the scouring pad to take care of what is left. These are the most simple versions of a grout removing tool.
Remove Old Grout by Hand With Chisel or Screwdriver
However, if you’re going to be removing old grout from between tiles so that you can put down new grout, you’ll definitely need a different type of grout removing tool. There are a few options available to you, and they range from relatively simple to fairly complex.
The least complicated and expensive tool is just a chisel. You can also use a small headed screwdriver. The key is just to make sure that you are using the chisel properly. Always chisel away from the tile and toward the area that you have already taken grout from. You should also make sure that you are always chiseling at a 45 degree angle so that you do not damage the tiles.
Another grout removing tool is the digger claw. This type of tool can be purchased at any home improvement store. One thing that you should keep in mind is that since it is a very sharp claw or tooth at the end of a metal handle, it is not the easiest to control. This means that you stand a much higher chance of scratching the ceramic tops of your tiles if you’re not careful; so make sure that you work slowly with this tool.
You can also get a mechanical grout removing tool. Essentially, you’ll just be looking for a hand-held grinder that comes with several different tips. Then, you’ll want to make sure that you are using one of the smaller tips so that you can get down in between the tiles.
Before you start to use any hand grinders, you also need to make sure that it has an adjustable speed. The reason for this is that if you cannot adjust the speed of the grinder, you stand a good chance of accidentally breaking the tile.