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The Best Grout Removal Tools for Shower Tile Floors

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Who else has tried cleaning their shower grout but just can't get it back to looking brand new?

Maybe I'm giving up prematurely but I've tried several tips. Plus some of our grout is falling apart.

Thus I've taken on the uneviable project of removing all the grout in our shower tile floor.
What's the best grout removal tool for this job?
An oscillating multi tool and a rectangular grout removal tool will help you remove grout lines without losing your cool (or hair, unless you're already bald-sorry).
Here are some tips
-Apply two layers of duct tape along surfaces you don't want to scratch with the tools
-Use a grout attachment with the oscillating tool
-Measure the width of your grout lines to determine the correct multi tool attachment size
-Remove grout down to 1/2 the thickness of the adjacent tile (e.g. if your tile is 1/4 inch thick take out at least 1/8 of an inch of old grout)
-Vacuum the are grout lines frequently to make sure you're not penetrating the shower pan or substrate the tiles are attached to
You'll discover more pictures, tips, and resources by clicking on this link to my blog post http://www.homerepairtutor.com/best-grout-removal-tools-for-tile-shower-floors/
Have a great day!
Time: 8 Hours Difficulty: Medium

To see more: http://www.homerepairtutor.com/best-grout-removal-tools-for-tile-shower-floors/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Feb 9, 2013

    This is probably a very ignorant question, but what do you do once you remove the grout? Don't you need it?

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Feb 9, 2013

    Thanks for asking Miriam, you have to regrout. In a prior post I discussed trying to thoroughly clean this grout. Some areas came back to life and looked like new while other sections were beyond the scope of that process. So this weekend I'm going to regrout with an epoxy based product because it requires very little maintenance compared to regular sanded or unsanded varieties. I spoke with the manufacturer of the epoxy grout and they gave me fantastic tips that I'll share with the Hometalk community. Hope that helps :)

  • Becky (J) P
    Becky (J) P Highland, IL
    on Feb 10, 2013

    my question is: we had the bathroom floor done in November. They used a caulk that looked like the grout around the tub, on the floor. (the space between tub & tile) I noticed yesterday that the caulk is separating now. I guess the tub has movement which would crack the seal?

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Feb 10, 2013

    Yes, thank you so much! Good to know about epoxy grout. Looking forward to seeing you results!

  • Home Repair Tutor
    Home Repair Tutor Pittsburgh, PA
    on Feb 10, 2013

    Becky, I feel your pain. We recently installed an acrylic tub in one of our rental homes. Acrylic tubs expand and contract a lot more than cast iron or steel. Caulk is one of those things that is necessary, especially around the base of the tub to prevent water leaking down through the floor. I prefer using silicone caulk which is a bit more flexible than the caulks that match the grout color. But totally understand the aesthetic reasoning behind the decision. At this point you'll need to remove the old caulk and apply a new bead. But someone else may have a better solution :)

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