Remove Grout from Ceramic Tile

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  1. George Sibley
    February 6, 2013


    I cannot find a 1/16" teardrop grout removal tool for my Bosch oscillating MX30E. Do you know where I can get one?



  2. Teri
    September 11, 2014


    I have a film on my new tile (just had a house built). The owner of the tile shop was here when it was first installed and he didn't seem like he knew what it was. If I wipe it with a cloth it looks okay, but anytime I try to use water on it the film shows up more. Would that be a grout film??? It does have a matte finish to a lot of it. I am sooo frustrated with it....and I don't really know what it is so I can not figure out how to clean it. I have never seen tile react to water the way this tile does. This tile is in my main areas and covers majority of my house. HELP!!! PLEASE!!!!

    • Tim Carter
      September 13, 2014

      I need to see a photo of it. Do you have extra pieces of this tile in a box that were never installed? What happens when you wipe those with a wet rag?

  3. Paulo
    November 13, 2014

    I purchase floor tile that comes with a protective plastic film. Do I remove that before or after the grout?

    • Tim Carter
      November 13, 2014

      Well, it depends on how the plastic is trimmed at the corners of the tile where the grout ends! I'd have to see a few tiles to give you the best answer.

  4. Jan
    December 26, 2014

    Last spring my contractor tiled a bathroom floor in a house we're planning on moving into. He left a haze of grout on the tile. The tile is matte, medium gray, and has a slightly textured finish, kind of like linen fabric. What do you recommend for removing the haze? It will drive me crazy if I can't get it removed.

    • Tim Carter
      December 30, 2014

      I'd follow the instructions I wrote in this column.

  5. Kevin Hart
    April 24, 2015

    I'm converting a downstairs bathroom into a living area. I intend to put engineered wood on the floor.

    The old floor tiles have been removed but a lot of the old tile cement remains. How can I remove this residue as I understand the surface has to be level before the wood goes down.

  6. A K
    October 11, 2015

    i have a ceramic tile floor that cant seem to stay clean it isnt smooth but i don't believe that is the issue. Is it possible that a coating has come off or is there a coating that can be put on to help this issue

  7. Patrick thompson
    November 10, 2015

    I need to remove excessive grout from a porcelain tile that I grouted for a client. I have tried all sorts of grout remover where you leave on of 5 or 10 minutes and then wash off but it doesn't seem to shift the excess grout. I did see a video of a tool that fits into a drill but the tool had a plastic end to prevent damage to the tile. I have scrubbed and scrubbed to tiles but to no avail. Can you help. The tool I saw was on a video from America.

  8. Zee M
    April 8, 2016

    Help! I watched too much do it yourself and thought I could regrout my ceramic kitchen tiles....I've made a mess. How do I remove the excess grout that's everywhere and already dried hard?

  9. Sue
    August 4, 2016

    As a professional cleaner of new homes the best way to clean the haze of tiles is to clean the floors by hand and dry of with another cloth . This is the quickest way to remove the grout . If this dose not work go over it again.
    There is a thing which is on the internet called hazing which is built up grout in tiles and can only be seen with a microscope .

  10. Lorna Brooks
    November 5, 2016

    In the past as a DIYer I have very very carefully used a window scraper (the kind with a thin blade in a plastic holder) on smooth ceramic glazed tiles. Have just had lovely textured Alhambra Granada tiles fitted around a fireplace with flexible grout and have found that the nylon type pan scrubber/ washing up pad recommended by Tim and some Astonish paste as a mild abrasive seems to be helping.

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